June 25, 2024

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UK charity chides Nigeria over plight of 20.2mn school-age kids out of school…

Blasts minister for saying children should be involved in production

Nigeria-born CEO of British charity IA-Foundation Mrs. Ibironke Adeagbo is not happy that more than 20 million Nigerian school-age children are currently out of school.
Worse, the activist is alarmed that a serving minister of the government, a mother, is saying that school children should be involved in commercial production.
Mrs. Adeagbo says that the Nigerian government must review its education policy to embrace soft skills, to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
She spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, this Sunday, saying that embracing soft skills was necessary in the education policy of the country for the masses to depend less on white-collar jobs and acquire skills that would make them overcome the challenges of the current century.
According to her, Nigeria should revamp its education curricula to reflect present day realities and embrace soft, entrepreneurial skills and digital know-hows to make youths to survive present-day challenges.
Adeagbo also notes that colonial legacies in the national education sector had left Nigeria rudderless in its education and other developmental aspirations, saying the way forward was for the country to overhaul her education policy completely.
And, she condemned a call attributed to the Minister of Women Affairs Mrs. Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye that Nigerian children should be made to get involved in industrial production and urban development of Nigeria.
Kennedy-Ohanenye reportedly made the call on Friday in Awka, at the Anambra State Summit, staged by the state government to restrategise on development in the state.
But, Adeagbo, who has been campaigning to have every Nigerian child in school, argued that involving children in industrial production was a clear violation of Nigeria’s Child Rights Act 2003.
She re-stated that Nigeria should put measures in place to take back its 20.2 million children currently out of school back to classrooms, to secure the future of the country.
“I am shocked to hear the suggestion by the minister, calling for children to be involved in production of toothpicks. This is unacceptable.
“We are supposed to be protecting the rights of children in Nigeria in line with the children’s rights conventions and not propagating suggestions that will subject children to child labour and other forms of activities that could keep them out of classrooms,” Adeagbo said.
She, however, lauded the federal government for expressing commitment to tackle the out-of-school crisis, saying that no Nigerian child deserved to be left uneducated in the 21st century.
“With over 100 children already in school as a result of our work at IA-Foundation, we will not relent until the last child gets into school,’’ Adeagbo pledged.
IA-Foundation which was established in 2019 has been active in Nigeria, where it has been campaigning vigorously to ensure that every child goes to school.