By Paul Efiong
The Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/2018 with the theme: Accountability in Education; meeting our commitment has been launched in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu The Minister in his keynote address at the occasion said that his ministry had successfully aligned its 10 Pillars of the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) 2016 – 2019 to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4) targets as well as organizing several sensitization meetings /workshop for stakeholders to ensure effective implementation.
Mallam Adamu said various Agencies under the ministry have many success stories regarding their specific interventions towards achieving the targets in the 10 Pillars.
Specifically, he said that efforts had been made to bridge the gender gap in enrolment, retention and completion by addressing the problem of girl-child education, meet the challenges of inadequacy and low teacher quality.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Arch. Sonny Echono, stressed that 222 female scholars were awarded special scholarships, 330 laptop computers distributed to female students in the Federal Unity Schools as well as training of principals and teachers in classroom management using ICT which were accomplished under the SDG4 project.
He further disclosed that a 10 – year education plan was being developed under the Nigeria –UNESCO Plan of Cooperation, adding that efforts were also being made to commence the 2nd phase of Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy in Nigeria which will among other things, increase the number of youth and adults with relevant skills.
Mallam Adamu commended UNESCO and other donor partners for their support, saying that the annual report has become a good platform for self-evaluation by countries and opportunity to identify gaps for possible remediation.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja Mr. YDO Yao said that global launch of the Report was performed in Brazil on October, 24, 2017
According to him, government must ensure that the right to education is enforceable through adequate public awareness of the right to education, legal support from civil society organizations and action to complement right protection for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.