Only quality education can end insurgency, says Adamawa commissioner
Adamawa State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Wulbina Jackson, has said that the only solution to the activities of Boko Haram is to provide quality education to Nigerians, especially in the North. She disagreed with the notion that the military has the capacity to end insurgency in the North East.
Jackson, who spoke yesterday in Yola at the teachers’ training support programme organised by Victims Support Foundation (VSF), asserted that military force had not ended insurgency in any part of the world.
According to her, the only weapon to cut the supply chain of Boko Haram membership is to give the youth quality education. She added that military peace could be sustained to protect lives and property, but that positive peace could only be achieved through quality education for the teeming youth in the North.
The former House of Assembly member and a retired teacher noted that illiterate youths were strictly targeted for recruitment as Boko Haram members, since they could not read and understand the doctrines of Islam.Quality education cannot be achieved without quality teachers, she maintained, describing teachers’ training as prerequisite for achieving high standard of education needed for national development.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the executive director of VSF, Prof. Sunday Ocheche, lamented the teaching profession had become the last resort for jobs-seekers in the country, a situation he described as worrisome and detrimental to the growth of the country.Ocheche, who pointed out that no country could grow above its quality of education, stated that “education is the compass that directs leaders and develops other sectors” for development.
He said the objective of the workshop was to identify how education and teachers could meet students’ educational, emotional and physical needs, to improve on their wellbeing and to equip them with knowledge and skills that couls help them to contribute to the development of the society.
The executive director, who described education as the foundation of peace, pointed out that 200,000 pupils benefited from the VSF school schemes last year and that 16 schools were reconstructed in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.He added that 50,000 pupils and 1,200 teachers would this year benefit from the scheme to revive education in the North East.
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