The United Nations Organization (UN) is collaborating with the Federal Government’s Save School Initiative in order to ensure security in all schools across the country, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, has said.
Nwaobiala who disclosed this in an address he delivered at the annual Speech and Prize-Giving Day ceremony of King’s College Lagos on Sunday, said the partnership was aimed at providing a pragmatic response to the protection of schools in the face of increased insurgency.
According to him, apart from prevent future attacks in schools across the country the collaboration will also ensure uninterrupted education for the Nigerian-child.
Nwaobiala said: “The Federal government in collaboration with the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr Gordon Brown, and a coalition of Nigeria Business leaders, introduced the Safe Schools Initiative.
“Through this intervention, the Federal government is also reconstructing the infrastructure of schools destroyed as well as protecting children.”
Nwaobiala further called on school authorities to intensify sensitization programmes to ensure that unhygienic practices that created high risk conditions for the spread of Ebola disease were adequately addressed.
According to the Permanent Secretary, in an effort to achieve a more conducive learning environment in Unity Colleges, the Federal Government had continued to provide educational facilities which included e-library.
Nwaoabiala said that the government had, in addition, focused on the training and re-training of teachers for effective teaching and learning outcomes.
“New teaching staff have also been recruited to address the shortage of teachers in the Federal Unity Colleges. ICT and Trade subjects for entrepreneurship as compulsory cross-cutting core subjects have been introduced.’’
These efforts, he said, were aimed at providing the required skills for job creation, poverty reduction and making students self-reliant for sustainable national development.
Earlier in his address, the Principal of the college, Mr Oladele Olapeju, expressed concern over government’s policies on education which he said tended to lay undue emphasis on examinations to the detriment of knowledge acquisition.
Olapaju also called on the Joined Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to adjust its examination date to July ending every year in order to allow the final year students concentrate on their studies.
Four major projects in the college, comprising two state-of-the art barbing saloons, an ICT laboratory, staff quarters and a 360KVA generator were inaugurated during the event.