Leadership (Abuja)

28 November 2012

Nigeria: Global Crisis, Threat to Education - UNESCO

The director/ country representative of the UNESCO office in Abuja, Dr Joseph Ngu, has said that global crisis is threating education and what it hopes to achieve especially in the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He stated this at the Revitalising Adult and Youth Literacy in Nigeria (2012-2015) Annual Project Review which was convened by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNESCO.

Ngu stressed that apart from the global crisis, there has been a slow down of enrolment into primary schools which means cases of drop-outs have not been solved despite UNESCO's intensifying efforts towards valuable education.

He revealed that so far, statistics have shown that there are 3.5 million Nigerian nomadic children out of which only 450,000 have access to basic education.

The executive secretary of NMEC, Dr Jibrin Paiko in his address, stated that basic education is part of achieving the MDGs and without it, the EFA goals cannot be realisable in Nigeria by the year 2015.

He pledged that NMEC will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to move education forward in terms of enrolment and retention of mass literacy centres nationwide.

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