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International Day of Education:, Fulfil  your commitment  at  the Global Education summit to increase education funding, SCI tells Buhari

Femi Mustapha

 

As the world commemorates the fourth International Day of Education,  Save the Children International (SCI), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil the commitment made by his government at the Global Education summit (GPE), 2021, to increase education funding to 14% by 2022, 16.7% in 2023, 20% by 2024, and 22.5% by 2025 respectively.

 

This was contained in a statement signed by the Country Director of SCI, Ms. Mercy Gichuhi and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.

 

SCI also  called on the   Government at all levels to ensure inclusive, and equitable education for all.

 

The Statement urged the government to ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education that would promote lifelong learning opportunities for all to achieve the Sustainable Development goal (SDG).

 

The statement further added that education is no doubt at the heart of the global goals for sustainable development, stating it is a singular act that is needed to reduce inequality, reverse circles of inter-generational poverty and improved health, as well as a vehicle to achieve gender equality and eliminate child Marriage.

 

“It is high time the government and all stakeholders prioritize education as a public good; support it with cooperation, partnerships, and funding; and recognize that leaving no one behind starts with education.

 

“Education is no doubt at the heart of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It is a singular act that is needed to reduce inequalities (Goal 10), reverse cycles of intergenerational poverty (Goal 1), and improve health (Goal 3) as well as the vehicle to achieve gender equality and eliminate child marriage (Goal 5).

 

” It is high time the government and all stakeholders prioritize education as a public good; support it with cooperation, partnerships, and funding; and recognize that leaving no one behind starts with education.

 

“Save the Children’s report on education (2017) in Borno State “Turning Education Around: Responding to the Crisis in Borno State” revealed that, one of the key drivers of the conflict in Borno was the pre-existing crisis in education.

 

” Over the years, especially in northeast Nigeria, schools cannot cater to the high demands of out-of-school children due to lack of adequate funds, technical capacity, and loss of infrastructure, materials, and teachers’ lives because of the insurgency.

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a pre-existing education crisis while reliance on digital technology for learning has deepened exclusion and gender inequalities. There are more children out-of-school now in northeast Nigeria than before the insurgency.

 

“In some other parts of Nigeria, schools do not have the technical capacity to support physically challenged, marginalized, or minority children. Funding remains a challenge to the education system across the board.

 

Save the Children recommends the incorporation of technology in education that is inclusive, prioritizes the girl child to ensure no one is left behind in the race to agenda 2030. We ask that teachers be recognized and be provided with professional support so that they can bring innovation to learnings”, it said.

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