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Nigeria needs more investments to achieve SDGs – UNESCO

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By Ijeoma Olorunfemi

UNESCO says Nigeria needs more investments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agenda of 2030.

Mr Abdourhamane Diallo, Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO to Nigeria, said this on Thursday at a two-day workshop on Capacity Development Training of Executives of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME).

The workshop was facilitated by UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE), an expertise organisation of UNESCO dedicated to curriculum development.

Diallo said that Nigeria was grappling with lots of issues that deterred it from attaining the SDGs, which included Goal 4 targeted at quality education.

“We have about six years to the time limit of achieving the SDGs. We are not there yet because the challenges are very high.

“The population is increasing, we have the problem of access, there is increasing number of out of school children.

“We need to accelerate investments, because the government cannot do it alone, and in the spirit of the SDGs, we need the private sector, Civil Society Organisations, everybody to be involved.’’

He added that UNESCO was supporting the roadmap of the country to fast track the attainment of the SDG 4, by building the capacity of entities in charge of curricula development.

According to him, curricula development is critical to SDGs and at the heart of education.

He added that as a fall out from the workshop, a curriculum Community of Practice (COP) would be developed to ensure that knowledge gained and ways of curricula development could be cascaded to necessary quarters.

Dr Muyibat Olodo, Director, Technology and Science Education Department, FME, reaffirmed that education was very key to the development of any nation.

Olodo said that delivering education to citizens without the right curriculum, cannot address the targeted purpose.

“In developing the curriculum, you have to take into consideration what the society wants, the employer’s needs, what the individual wants for gainful employment, which review of the curriculum is very important.

“The people going to develop the curriculum also need to know what is required globally to deliver an efficient curriculum for the education sector,’’ she said.

She added that the federal government would sustain curriculum review and update, to meet up with emerging demands across the globe.

Mrs Florence Ssereo, Senior Project Officer, Curriculum Transformation, Norms and Capacity Development, UNESCO-IBE, said the FME reached out to UNESCO in May 2023 for the training.

Ssereo recalled that the training began in May and had been in three phases, both physically and virtually, with 49 participants.

She mentioned that the course of the training took place in eight modules, adding that her organisation deliberated on policy dialogue and formulation, curriculum change, design, development, curriculum governance, evaluation, among other concerns.

Dr Garba Gandu, Director, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) Centre, said the training would translate into finding ways to update schools’ curriculum.

Gandu added that the council had been better informed and would collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure best practices for curriculum cycle from planning to implementation.

Some of the recommendations from the workshop included for the FME to engage state and local stakeholders of education in consequent capacity development on curriculum.

“FME should ensure effective monitoring of teachers on the implementation of the curriculum implementation in Nigeria.

“FME should encourage the sensitisation and advocacy on issues affecting the implantation of curriculum, foster industrial support and resource allocation for the establishment and sustenance of Community of Practice in Nigeria.

“UNESCO-IBE should offer continuous technical support to the Community of Practice in Nigeria for effective implementation of the curriculum and sharing of best practices on curriculum.’’(NAN)www.nannews.ng

Edited by Deji Abdulwahab

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