Raise agency to tackle children’s illiteracy, foundation urges FG
Founder of British charity, IA-Foundation, Mrs. Ibironke Adeagbo has called on the Federal Government to establish an agency to tackle the country’s worrisome out-of-school crisis.
Adeagbo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday about the development in the West African country, where over 20 million are currently out of school.
On September 2, 2022 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) published a damning report that 20.2 million children in Nigeria were currently out of school.
British-born Adeagbo, who has been leading an international campaign to address the problem, argued that Nigeria must think outside the box to save the future of its children.
She lamented that the country might continue to be plagued by insecurity unless government takes urgent steps to bring millions of kids roaming the streets back to classrooms.
Adeagbo, a native of Ogun State, who has been residing in England over the years, advised the incoming administration to prioritise education.
The top British civil servant said she is disturbed by the army of hopeless kids roaming Nigerian streets daily to make a living.
“I think the way out is for the Federal Government to set up an agency to tackle the out-of-school problem, just like government did in setting up a commission to handle issues in Niger Delta.”
She said the foundation had picked almost 100 children from the streets to educate them across the federation. Adeagbo regretted that Bayelsa had also joined the list of states with high number of out-of-school children. She said her organisation would engage stakeholders to assist Nigeria in overcoming the problem.
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