17 April 2021 by Florence Adewale
The Federal Government has reiterated commitment to Accelerated Basic Education programme as a veritable tool for tackling the menace of out of school children and youths in the country.
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Education and Research Development Council, NERDC, Professor Ismail Junaid made this known at a training for Master Trainers on Accelerated Basic Education Curriculum Organised by Plan International in Abuja.
Professor Junaid who applauded the organisation for supporting government in training teachers said the programme would equip them with knowledge for basic education using effective approaches that matches their level of cognitive maturity.
“I would like to reassure the consortium and all stakeholders of the firm commitment of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council towards ensuring that this Project becomes one of the laudable programmes in the Nigeria education sector. We are looking forward to seeing this project bring about a drastic reduction in the number of out-of-school youths and children in Nigeria.”
He also said plans were underway to develop a national book policy to ensure that books were made available for learning to meet global standard.
In a remark, Director Programme Quality and Innovation, Plan International Nigeria, Mrs Jummai Lawan-Musa said the organisation would continue to indulge more in developmental Programmes that would be sustained by government.
In her words “we are looking at the time moving, we need to address the issues of out of school children seriously, for us at Plan with our save the children agenda and support from European Union EU we are ready to provide the needed support”
Mrs Lawan-Musa stressed the need for participants to implement what was learnt at the training across the states of the federation.