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CPE unveils advocacy campaign to transform nation’s education sector


Mrs. Yinka Ogunde

To engender reforms in the nation’s educational segment and improve the quality of its products, a non-governmental organisation, Concerned Parents and Educators Initiative (CPE) has embarked on a national advocacy drive for the transformation of sector.

Speaking at the unveiling of the National Advocacy Campaign for Transformation in the country’s education sector, Principal Partner, Edumark Consult and Founder, Concerned Parents and Educators Networks, Mrs. Yinka Ogunde there is no better time than now to embark on the advocacy for change, considering the gross decay in the education sector, and the danger it portend for Nigerian children now and in the future.

Noting that the group has chosen February as Education Transformation Advocacy Month, she said they want to engage stakeholders across the country on how to steer the wheel of sustainable development and holistic transformation in the sector.

Ogunde said: “Many people complain that the graduates being churned out of our universities today are unemployable. The question is, why are they unemployable? What are the processes that we need to put in place to make them employable? What are the things we need to do to make sure our children can compete favourably with others across the world?”

According to her, Nigerians can no longer ignore what is happening in their schools whether public or private, but all hands must be on deck to engage key stakeholders for transformation of the sector.“If we don’t do anything, nothing is going to change. We need people who will be able to take ownership of the problems and not just talk the problems. It is so easy to talk, but it is more challenging to do.”

The advocacy is a month-long project where the stakeholders are expected to speak out everywhere on education in week one. Week two revolves around video challenge where many people are enjoin to post a short video of themselves online talking about a specific problem in the sector and how that problem can be resolved. While the third week, will be used to debunk the negative campaign that education is no longer relevant. So people with strong and convincing testimonies on how they have benefitted from education are expected to lead the campaign.

According to the organisers, the last week will be used to maker presentation of letters to government officials on the need to transform the education sector in the country.

Ogunde said: For us to achieve true financial freedom as a nation, we must give priority to the education sector and be committed to its transformation. We must demonstrate commitment to building an educational system that equips the Nigerian child with the ability and competence to compete favourably with her peers anywhere in the world.”

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