Prospects of Nigeria achieving ‘Education for All’ by 2015Posted: April 25, 2013
Education is the basic human right that should be feasibly accorded to all human beings. It is the key index to economic and social development of a country. However, the educational scenario of a country is related to several factors of which growing population is one. Nigeria is one such instance, which witness exponential growth in population that has direct impact on the country’s infrastructure and resources. This has triggered immense burden on educational growth, though a few potential initiatives have brought education to spotlight through eradicating challenges. Now, the mission is to ensure prospects of education for all in Nigeria by the year 2015.
Nigeria, in the Educational Light
Nigeria aims at achieving quality education for every man, woman, girl and boy. The ultimate mission is to work with excluded and poor so as to establish their rights to quality basic education. Undeniably, there has been staunch initiative so far in the educational light and there has been some significant growth at the elementary level, but Nigeria has still to strive ahead of many challenges, which is posing as the biggest menace at present.
Education in Nigeria:
- The Biggest Challenges
The ever-rising population is one of the reasons for Nigeria’s deplorable education scenario. About 40 percent of the total population in the country is aged between 6 and 11, and do not attend primary school. More shocking, about 4.7 million children who are of primary age does not go to school. In an age where education is catered through technologically advanced tools, Nigeria is still witnessing classes beneath trees with one teacher assigned to 100 pupils. Besides, girls are still in the backseat and the revealing ration of 1:2 for girls against boys is even more shocking. [Source]
To reveal a more dreadful estimate, ten million of total Nigerian children are deprived of formal education. Dr. Rosemary Nwangwu, Director General (DG) of Centre for Non-Formal Education and Training revealed that this is sheer indicator of the fact that one against every school aged children is not attaining formal education. [Source]
However, amidst so much of drawbacks all hope is not lost with some current initiatives taken in the light of education in Nigeria. Though the statistical records are not so convincing, Nigeria shows new dawn of hope. Here is how.
- Education in Nigeria: Prospective Initiatives
Just like every dark cloud has a silver lining, Nigeria is at the threshold of waking to a new dawn of hope. With efforts in achieving United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals 2015, Dr. Rosemary Nwangwu believes that collective efforts invested in achieving Education for All (EFA) is one of the biggest initiatives. As declared by government that very country has access to basic education reveals the fact that every child should be educated. To this end, Dr. Rosemary Nwangwu urged government to incorporate viable strategies that would rectify the abnormality in Nigeria’s education structure so as to attain MDGs mandate in context of education for the future of the country. [Source]
Especially, the last few years have been observing hopeful changes since the launching of the Universal Basic Education Act. A lot has been achieved in the construction of new buildings and dilapidated school buildings. There has been supply of required furniture and desks and there have been a lot of provisions for toilet facilities. Recently, UNICEF has been taking initiative towards advocating school friendly concept, though the plan is now at its primary stage. [Source]
The initiatives taken for promoting education in Nigeria has been strong so far but there is yet to be more staunch efforts and strategies to be introduced to reverse Nigeria’s educational scenario for the good. Only then, we can hope for a more developed Nigeria in future.