Chris Steven, Abuja
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is to collaborate with the Federal Government to reconstruct the education system in the North-East geopolitical zone of the country after the havoc caused by insurgency in the region.
Director of UNESCO regional office in Nigeria, Mr Beniot Sossou, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday at a workshop on preparation of the second phase of cooperation between the organisation and Nigeria in the education sector.
Represented by UNESCO Senior Education Specialist, Saidou Jallow, Sossou said the new phase of the special plan of cooperation which is expected to take-off in 2018, will also focus on teacher education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), among others.
“The new phase of the special plan of cooperation will be comprehensive in terms of UNESCO areas of competence and include areas such as : reconstruction of the education system in the North-East, teacher education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for youth entrepreneurship, adult and youth literacy.” He said
While assuring that the second phase of the project would also include reform of Nigerian sciences, fighting youth radicalism, among others, the UNESCO boss tasked participants to come up with a plan that is clearly defined in the areas of expected results, funding, visibility of the cooperation and sharing of results.
On her part, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Jamila Shu’ara, tasked participants at the workshop to come out with an implementable plan that would meet the needs of the nation’s educational challenges.
Shua’ara, who was represented by Mrs Gloria Adie Aiyebe, said the workshop was organised in furtherance of the mandate of the Ministry as president of the National Commission for UNESCO and its commitment to the successful implementation of the agenda 2030 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).