A United Kingdom based non-governmental organisation, Raising Champion Children Initiative (RCCI), recently had an encounter with stakeholders in the education sector with the aim of finding solutions to the several challenges confronting the basic education sector in Nigeria.
Mrs. Bose Agbesanwa, Director of RCCI, said the move became necessary in order to lay the right foundation for the children and also to meet up with international standard.
A roundtable dialogue was put together by RCCI in conjunction with Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) and Out-of-school Children Empowerment Foundation (OSCEF) which was held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry building (LCCI), Alausa, Ikeja.
Mrs. Agbesanwa, who spoke on the topic, “Grading Nigeria’s Progress in Basic Education”, complainted about the state of basic education in the country and stressed that until we commit to setting things the right way and laying good foundation, there is no way we can progress.
“The purpose of the dialogue is to identify the problems that led us to where we are at the moment as far as primary education is concerned and to discuss how the quality of education can be improved in Nigeria.
She made it known that the NGO is committed to supporting and improving lives of less privileged children, their families and communities by empowering them through quality relevant education, innovative healthcare and entrepreneurial skills.
“The initiative will train teachers to provide high quality education targeted at developing the potentials and talents of learners, improving the learning environment by providing basic amenities and empowering families to become employable and independent earners,” she added.
Mrs. Shade Adefisayo, who was a Keynote Speaker at the conference, stressed the need to raise children for a functional future, pointing out “that education is the strategic tool to empower our children for that kind of futute”.
The renowned education expert who spoke on the topic, “Basic Education in Nigeria: Where we are at the moment”, identified different thematic pillars that must be given utmost attention in order to nuture our children for a good future.
The pillars include Acess/Equity; Enrollment and Transition; Learning Outcomes and Transition; Teacher capacity and Quality; Infrastructure Adequacy and Technology in Education; Health, Well-being and Quality of care; Societal Support Environment; Funding Adequacy and School Security and Safety.