Chris Steven, Abuja
Federal Government on Monday joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2016 Commonwealth day, with a resolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)-4, which stipulates quality education for all citizens.
Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu gave this assurance where he also indicated that the national policy on education may be reviewed to pursue inclusive education,especially the attainment of the 16 SDGs within the stipulated timelines.
The SDGs which is a modification of the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) is expected to elapse by year 2030.
In the MDGs that elapsed in 2015, it was discovered that despite modest gains recorded in which enrolment in primary education in developing countries reached 91 per cent but 57 million children remained out of school with about 10.5million of them coming from Nigeria alone.
Available statistics show that more than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.
Also, 103 million youth worldwide were reported to lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them being women.
According to Adamu,the Nigerian government was projecting about 50percent improvement in adult and youth literacy enrolment,including boost in access,early childhood care development education,girl child education among others.
He lamented loss in value orientation and inclusiveness,saying the Commonwealth commemoration ought to foster inclusiveness among the 2.33billion people that constitutes member nations of the commonwealth.
He said,”we in Nigeria are determined to strengthen our citizens through the provision of quality education at all levels.
“We are committed to pursuing and achieving the six goals of EFA. The Universal Basic Education Act 2004 emphasizes and stipulates compulsory education for all Nigerian children of school age.
“We are also committed to achieving the 16 Sustainable Development Goals,especially SDG 4 and its ten strategic targets,which has direct bearing on the education of the child and the vulnerable,including persons with special needs.
“The content of our education may have to be redesigned in a way that promotes a flowering of the spirit of inclusion in our younger generation.
“It would also be done to inculcate values in our senior generation and entrench its norms in all our political,social and cultural institutions