The Federal Ministry of Education says it intends to enrol three million out-of-school children in schools by 2024 and has sought the partnership of all stakeholders to achieve the goal.
Dr Claris Ojham, Special adviser to the minister of state for education, dropped the hint at the third edition of “Walk for Education 3.0,” organised by FlexiSAF Foundation in Abuja over the weekend.
Ojham said the ministry would partner with Flexixer to ensure that it brings all children who are out of school back to classrooms to increase access to education, particularly for the less privileged.
She said the walk for education is a kind of motivational message, whereby when one looks at very prominent people walking for education, children would want to go to school to be like them, and it is very encouraging.
Dr Kashifu Inuwa, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said at the event that the agency had a target to implement the national literacy framework to achieve 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030.
He said NITDA plans to work with foundations like FlexiSAF to define its initiative for quality and inclusive access to education through digital infrastructure, adding that the agency is coming up with a new initiative to deploy three learning centres per state, especially in public schools where there is no infrastructure.
“Today you will never get quality education without digital infrastructure. So at NITDA, we have part of our strategic roadmap and action plan. We have a pillar to include inclusive access to digital infrastructure and services.
“For the past four years, we have implemented more than 1200 projects in unserved and underserved communities mostly in the education system; secondary schools and higher institutions. So we will do more and also we have a target of implementing the national literacy framework to achieve 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030,” Inuwa said.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of FlexiSAF, Amina Abubakar, urged the National Assembly to ensure that Nigeria realises 26 per cent of the N27.50 billion 2024 budget to fund education, lamenting that the sector was in a state of emergency.