Education Solution

ADIMULA IN NEW YORK, CALLS FOR EDUCATIONAL REFORM IN AFRICA.

The popular Legal Practitioner and former Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Women Affairs, Dr. Abiola Adimula has identified major challenges confronting educational development in Africa and called for educational reforms across Africa in order to

ameliorate education standard. Adimula made this known while delivering a lecture as Guest Speaker to African Students in their large number at the UNESCO Schools Initiative Programme, held at City College New York.

Adimula who spoke on the topic “Education Solution for Africa” at the UNESCO event identified poor funding, lack of proper sex education, corruption, bad Policy implementation, Incessant strike by Teachers over remuneration, lack of infrastructure among others as major challenges battling with the attainment of quality education in Africa. She also stated that, Africa can overcome these challenges easily if it reforms the education sector.

The Legal Practitioner who has been a front liner in the advocacy for quality education as a yardstick for social, economic and political growth and stability stated that, educational reform in Africa is critical to the continent’s growth. Having identified major challenges in the sector,

Adimula expressed optimism in delivering quality education to Africans including the over 600 million illiterates in Africa and 10 million children not enrolled in primary school.

Adimula who has championed educational initiative such as the Spelling Bee Competition among other initiatives suggested that investment in educational infrastructure is key to educational development in Africa. Building of standard classrooms, libraries, provision or electricity and security are salient infrastructural terms the continent has to agree with to foster educational growth in the continent.

Further speaking, Adimula emphasized the need for government to invest on human capital development, research and improvement in Teachers welfare package. She also identified the need for quality teachers employed on merit, teacher’s assessment, de-emphasis on quota system, e-learning, among others as possible solutions to educational problems in Africa. “To ensure educational growth in Africa, we must be ready to take a different path. Educational environment must be made conducive enough for learning. Classrooms and libraries must be well built and equipped for learning, basic infrastructure such as electricity, good road to schools are also key factors that must be put in place to foster educational growth in Africa” she told the mammoth audience in New York.

“More also, quality teachers must be employed into our schools. Employment into a teaching position must not be based on political or ethnic affiliations but strictly on merit. Parents must also take up responsibility of teaching pupils in their various homes in order to sustain learning activities beyond the four walls of the school and e-learning should be made familiar to the students” the General Secretary of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni, Nigeria added. The event held in New York was attended by actors in the education sector across the world, UNESCO Officials, African Students in New York and other dignitaries

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