1 The Lagos State Government (LASG) says there is a need for the education sector to be re-engineered.
2 It says that schools need to be repositioned to deliver competent graduates fit for current and future labour market.
3 Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu spoke on these on Tuesday, in his remark at the two-day Education Summit, 2022 in Lagos.
4 The summit, with the theme “Creating a Sustainable Fit-for-Purpose Education Model”, took place at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island.
5 Sanwo-Olu spoke virtually at the event, noting the state’s desire to deliver a bespoke education system.
6 He said that the system was projected to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and ultimately, the molding of tomorrow’s leaders.
7 The governor said that the forum was designed to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm and collectively articulate ideas towards improving service delivery in the education sector.
8 According to him, stakeholders must begin to passionately advocate giving the kind of education that not only prepares beneficiaries for academic excellence.
9 He said it must also be one that imparts life skills for socio-economic relevance.
10 “We are set to provide an education model that will enable the younger generation and youth to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to meet current and future global demands.
11 “Our administration is passionate about education and our aim is to bring transformation that will make our children better ambassadors of the State, country and preparing them with the requisite skills for tomorrow’s jobs.
Sanwo-Olu said the state’s new school model was an example of the desired Fit-For-Purpose Education System,.
13 He said the aim was to equip students with skills that would empower them to be productive before they exit secondary school.
15 “We also introduced the Comprehensive Schools Program aimed at reducing the rate of school dropouts by creating a career path for students through skills acquisition,” he said.
16 The governor also spoke on investments his administration had made in the sector.
17 He said that through its EKOEXCEL programme initiative, 15,000 teachers were upskilled through re-training.
18 Sanwo-Olu said they were encouraged on the use technology, which supports and motivates them to succeed in classrooms.
19 “Through our T.
20 H.E.M.E.S Agenda, we designed a new policy development template that has enabled us to take the lead in the fusion of education and technology as veritable tools to navigate the 21st century.
21 “In our quest to improve teaching and learning in Primary and Secondary Schools, we have commissioned and handed over 1,449 unique projects through prompt construction, renovation, and rehabilitation of dilapidated Public Schools.
22 “Over 96, 000 composite units of furniture were supplied to schools among other infrastructure projects, we also delivered iconic school projects at Elemoro Community Junior Secondary School, and Vetland Junior Secondary School.
23 “Let me emphasise that the Vetland school is built with containers and fully kitted with technological solutions in classrooms and laboratories.
24 “This invention is a Futuristic Plan of how schools will look like in Lagos State,” he said.
25 Sanwo-Olu assured that the policies and programmes were intended to create enabling environment for teaching and learning in public and private schools for the benefit of children and the youth.
26 He solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to identify with the vision to grow the education sector, expressed optimism that the policy would create positive chain reactions.
27 The governor applauded Lagos State Ministry of Education and its agencies for putting the summit together.
28 He expressed hope that its set objectives would be achieved.
29 “Education for us, is a must for all and a cardinal objective of the government,” he said.
30 Also speaking at the event, Prof. Enase Okonedo, the guest lecturer and Vice Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University, commended the State government for the initiative.
31 Okonedo expressed the hope that the programme would not just be a talk-shop but for everyone to take affirmative actions by thinking of how to invest in the future of the education sector.
32 ”if we recognise the importance of education, then it is something all have to participate in,” she said.
33 She emhasised on value-based education that would ensure that knowledge was acquired with morals and characters built.
34 Okonedo said that these were the things needed for the growth and development of the nation.
35 The Pan Athletic University VC charged decision and policy makers to begin to think of the kind of curriculum that would be fit-for -purpose.
36 This, she said, should also put into consideration the students that would be taught, developing the teachers that would be using the curriculum, and bridging the digital divide.
37 “How does our curriculum attend to some basic skills that employers need?
38 We need to learn by doing and think of how we can use technology for learning and have people who would be globally competitive,” she said.
39 Cross section of the Panelists with Mrs Adefisayo ( Commissioner for Education)
Earlier, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, said Nigeria had the largest number of out-of-school children in the world.
40 She said this was among other unfavourable key performance indicators of education.
41 Adefisayo said that the Lagos State Education Summit was important, because some of the outcomes would contribute to the process of framing solutions to the well-known problems in the sector.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit had plenary discussions with Mr Samuel Egube, Commissioner, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, and Mrs Lucy Pearson, British Council, Country Director participating.
Others participants include Mr Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder, Future Africa; Mr Laoye Jaiyeola, CEO, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; and Mr Abubakar Suleiman, Executive Officer, Sterling Bank.
NAN also reports that the panelists emphasised on solution-based perspectives and the need for collaboration between the private and public sector.
They also recommended that coding classes be introduced and encouraged for students in primary and secondary schools with functional ICT laboratories.
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