Human Development Initiative, HDI, and the United State Agency International Development, USAID, have said the goal of the Universal Basic Education programme in Nigeria was yet to be accomplished, and have called on stakeholders to rise up to the demand for quality basic education.
The agencies said yesterday at a sensitization programme organized for Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Councils, FCT Abuja with the theme, ‘Strengthen advocacy and Civic engagement project,’ said unless something was done urgently the situation might deteriorate.
Speaking at the event, the representative of HDI, Mr. Johnson Ibidapo said with the attainment of Universal and quality basic education, all members of the Nigerian Society including students, parents, teachers and civil Society Organizations and the Government, especially community members need to be aware of their roles in demanding quality basic education.
Ibidapo explained that most of the impediments of quality basic education in Nigeria were inadequate funding, inadequate teachers, inadequate physical infrastructures (to include water, toilet facilities), lack of learning aids and instructional materials.
Other hurdles include: corruption and lack of transparency in school administration, high rate of school drop-outs and consequent increase in the number of out-of-school children, ethno-religious and political crises, inadequate access to schools at walking distance, among others.
He said that the aim of the sensitisation programme was to intimate the community stakeholders about their roles and ensuring quality education.
Also, HDI said it is collaborating with USAID- a strong advocacy for quality basic and civic engagement, adding that a -4 year sensitization project it started last year will run till 2017.”
The HDI expressed optimism that the project would make changes in the education sector within a shortest period.
“We can’t say that things have totally changed in our educational system but we built a level of confidence that things are changing. We are receiving very strong and positive feedback from people all over the three places we are working- in Lagos, Enugu and Abuja.
“Many community stakeholders have known that deliberately hindering a child from going to school is a basic problem; in fact, it is an offence according to UBE act 2004,” he said adding that the programme also focuses on reducing the inequality in educational system in the country to the barest minimum.

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