Nigeria to begin open school initiative in July

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, says the Pilot stage of the Open School Initiative in Nigeria will commence in July.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi made this known in Abuja during a one day National Stakeholders meeting on open schooling initiative in Nigeria.

”Nigeria is fully prepared to adopt the initiative to tackle the Out Of School, OOSC, scourge plaguing the country,” Dr Bobboyi said.

He promised that the initiative would be a total shift from other strategies deployed in the past to address the problem as all stakeholders in the basic Education sub sector were involved.

According to him,” the out of school issue is presently receiving high level awareness and its pointing to the need to pay attention to this increasing population of these children…OOSC issue must be solved by multi dimensional approach as it is, open schooling initiative is not the only strategy  Ubec is using to reduce Oosc in Nigeria”

Dr Bobboyi stressed that if all agencies tasked with the responsibilities of basic education work together, reaching the goal would not be a problem.

The Commission’s Director of Social Mobilisation services, Bello Kagara said the stakeholders meeting was to finalise key decisions taken during previous meetings on the initiative.

”The program is at the conception stage and the meeting is to make adequate preparation for the signing of agreement between all stakeholders,” Kagara stated.

According to him,”the program on open school learning is at the conception stage and the stakeholders meeting was organised to fine tune and lay sound foundation for signing of agreement after deliberations on Institutional roles, the meeting also looked at logistics required to achieve success on the program.”

Directors of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Representatives of NCNE,NTI ,FME , NMEC and other members of staff of UBEC

Meanwhile the Commonwealth of Learning COL, has presented a funding support of about 23 million Naira for the program.

The COL also proposed that the pilot States the initiative would be carried out should be increased to six to seven.

Present at the meeting were representatives of National Commission for Nomadic Education, National Teacher’s Institute and the National Commission for Mass Education Commission.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC was represented by the Director Teacher Development, Unwaha Ismail.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere