To stem the effect of dwindling standard of education in Enugu state, a non-governmental organization, Youth Resource Development, Education and Leadership Center for Africa, YORDEL AFRICA, has embarked on Stakeholders Dialogue Meeting with Traditional and Religious Leaders on Community Participation in Education to help them take charge of schools in their locality.
The programme which is done in collaboration with Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria, esspin, and Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, ENSUBEB, was held in four local government areas of Udi, Enugu East, Uzo-Uwani and Nsukka local government areas of the state.
The programme manager YORDEL AFRICA, Grace Ozioko disclosed in an interview that the community participation in education improvement programme is all about getting community members involved in the activities of schools especially as it concerns improvement of school environment, teaching and learning.
Ozioko lamented that the decay in public primary and secondary schools in the state has increased the proliferation of private schools. “Every residential house is nursery and primary school without recourse to quality education because public education is in shambles in the state.
According to Ozioko, community members are called for this programme because “the schools are located in their communities and the children attending such schools are their children too and they should be able to know and ensure that the schools where they send their children to are of standard, where teachers come to school, teach subjects when they should teach it and ensure that the environment where the children stay are clean and friendly.
“They are also supposed to be helping the government,” she said,” because government cannot finish all the work in the school and the people can assist by buying recreational facilities for the children.