By Benprince Ezeh
THE Human Development Initiatives, HDI, in collaboration with Actionaid and the support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, NORAD organised a two-day stakeholders’ roundtable on ‘Sustainable Financing for the teaching profession in Lagos state.
This event, which was held on September 16 and 17 in Sokoto and Lagos States simultaneously with focus on three Local governments of Epe, Badagry and Alimosho, was a means to reach out to the government of the states to increase funding for the training of teachers and improving the quality of Education.
When achieved, it will check the decadence in the education sector and improve the quality of students in public schools.
Olufunso Owasanoye, Chief Executive Officer, HDI said the workshop was apt as schools just resumed from the long vacation and the need for government to implement educational policies that would ensure qualitative publicly-funded education for the marginalized, which include girls and the physically challenged children in the society.
“We all know the situations of our schools, we know the issue about teachers that motivation is not really to its level. Although it’s coming up, but not really there.
“The funds allocated to the teachers, how can it be sustained, are we going to get to a certain point that it will be no more funds for them,” she said.
Prof. Stephen Adebanjo Oyebade of the Department of Educational Management, University of Lagos, said that education as social good acquired by individuals as availed by the community or nation through organised formal and informal training in skills competences, and attitudes to enhance the quality, capacity and capabilities of its receivers.
“It prepares the receiver for meaningful living and survival as he or she interacts usefully with the various resources in the immediate and distant environment.
“The primary goal of education is to enhance the receivers’ awareness of the available potential opportunities the environment offers and how best to utilize them to advantage.
“Education is knowledge and power because it informs, with the adage that says ‘information is power’; it is right because it illuminates; it is the key because it opens the doors to great opportunities; it is freedom because it releases from bondage; it is progress because it directs; it is development because it reforms.
“There is no end to the benefits accruing from access to quality education to individuals, communities of people and nations, whether under-developed, developing or developed,” he said.
Oyebade stressed that education is everything. “The National Policy on Education (1977 and other revisions of 1981, 1998, 2004, 2013) maintained that education is an instrument ‘par excellence’ for the nation’s development and that “no nation can rise above the quality of education available to her citizens.
“Late Professor Aliyu Babs Fafunwa, a one-time Minister of Education in Nigeria, submitted that there is the relationship between the quality of education and the quality of teachers available to the nation by implication, the level of a nation’s educational development depends on the quality of her teachers,” Oyebade said.
-Sep 18, 2019 @16:25 GMT |