Way Forward: Thoughts From The First Nigerian Education Summit

 

The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre) in partnership with other development stakeholder organised the first Nigerian Education Summit at Protea Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos to determine if the Nigerian children are really learning in schools.

The summit which sees the formal launch of LEARNigeria, a citizen-led household assessment of learning in Nigeria which will generate useful information on education and learners in Nigeria was graced by industry stakeholder in Nigeria education system including Former Minister of Education – Oby Ezekwezili, Chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit – Mr Foluso Phillip, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, amongst others.

Here are thoughts how Nigeria can develop its educational sector and how the country can meet up with achieving the desired result as we move towards Post 2015.

Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mr Foluso Phillips

  • The change we seek in Nigeria’s education system would be difficult, but not beyond us.
  • The change we seek may require us to think differently about the purpose of education and how the burden of responsibility for educating Nigerian people at all levels, is shared and what form this takes.
  • The change we seek in Nigeria’s education system would be difficult, but not beyond us.
  • We can transform Nigeria’s education system within a generation.
  • Women and men in business can and ought to play a key role walking alongside and supporting those at the forefront of delivering the change we seek in Nigeria’s education sector.

Senior Economic Advisor, Open Society Institute, Dr Oby Ezekwezili.

  • For as long as citizens sleep on in this country, the benefits of good governance won’t come to them.
  • Awakened citizens are those that are entitled to the prize of good governance. Citizens must be entirely vigilant.
  • The best way to look at accountability in the education sector is not to generalise but to take individual ownership.
  • The fastest way to grow social inequality is to refuse giving to others what education has given to you.
  • Everyone of us must be an advocate for equal opportunities in education.’
  • Demanding accountability is the missing integer in the governance equation of the African continent.

 

Executive Director, Enough is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun.

  • Social Media will provide easy access and connect citizens with policy makers and politicians.
  • People will only use their platform in a way they want constructive feedback.
  • Social Media will provide easy access and connect citizens with policy makers and politicians.
  • The way citizen sees government is the way they engage.
  • If as a citizen we have a consciousness that people who are doing public service are public servant. That they are employees who they pay salaries; then the dynamics of engaging with the government will be more different.

 

Lagos State Team Leader, SAVI, Felix Obanubi.

  • Yes, Nigeria has issues to data, but what have we done with the little we have? Have we exploited them well?
  • While Social Media has yielded a whole of benefits across the world, it is not the final authority on information sharing.

Director, Centre for Learning Assessments International, Dr Sara Ruto.

Citizens must hold politicians accountable on issues of education.

There is power in collectively. We need movements to improve the quality of education in Nigeria and indeed Africa.

We have to be accountable to each child in order to help develop the quality of education.

As we move forward, talking about Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), it will not be about children just going to school. It will be whether we are giving them the skill and competences required to help them navigate life.

Education shouldn’t be about going to school, but ensuring that our children have certain competences.

The media must tell educational stories through its lens of objectivity and impact.

Locals need to be producers of change and information and not consumers alone.

Our culture of over-consumption is literally affecting our educational quality as Africans.

We have to be accountable to each child in order to help develop the quality of education.

The story that will drive humanity is morality and what you contribute to humanity.

 

Managing Director of The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre), Dr Modupe Adefeso-Olateju

  • Education, at the end of the day is a Public-Private responsibility.
  • ICT is pivotal in driving our desired national development through Education.
  • Education is the fundamental role of the government yet everyone has a plug-in role.
  • Accountability is something everyone should be engaged in.

 

Mr MacJohn Nwaobiala , Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria.

  • Though education is fundamentally government responsibility, government can’t do it alone.
  • There is no amount of money put into education that will be enough.
  • The citizens must demand accountability from their leaders.

 

Mr Tochukwu Okafor, CSACEFA.

  • If you want to be relevant, you must bring in innovation.
  • Everybody is a web of policy maker, government, Civil Societies, everybody should be held accountable for the position they are being given.

 

Busayo Sotunde is a prolific writer with special focus on Business, Entrepreneurship, Reproductive Health and other development issues in Africa. Her articles have been published by different outlets including Investing Port and Ventures-Africa.com. She has a penchant for reading and sustainable development. Follow Busayo on Twitter @BusayomiSotunde
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