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Minister Reports Enrollment of 2 Million ‘Almajiri’ Children in Basic Education

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Prof. Tahir Mamman announced the enrollment of two million “Almajiri” children at an Abuja event. Ministerial deliverables include initiatives for research, technical education evaluation, and education system strengthening. This initiative reflected the administration’s dedication to tackling the out-of-school children issue, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda 2023-2027.

President Bola Tinubu organized a Cabinet Retreat to familiarize officials with the administration’s operations. This retreat sought to ensure that Ministries, Departments, and Agencies deliver on the Presidential Priorities.

In the field of inclusive education, Mamman initially developed guidelines. Subsequently, this facilitated enhanced access and retention from basic to tertiary levels. He highlighted collaborations with various agencies within the ministry to tackle this persistent issue.

Mamman expressed concern over the University of Calabar student abductions and assured efforts for their release. Additionally, efforts were underway to enlist support from TETFund to enhance security infrastructure at the university. Mamman developed guidelines for inclusive education, enhancing access and retention from basic to tertiary levels.

Dr. Yusuf Sununu highlighted the role of technology in fostering learning and skills development. This approach aims to address the prevalent teacher and learning crisis in basic education.

Collaboration emerged as a recurrent theme in addressing the multifaceted challenges confronting the education sector. Sununu stressed the importance of cooperation in enhancing education for individual and national growth.

Jamiu Alli-Balogun expressed concerns about the WAEC fee hike’s impact on children’s access to quality education. He urged the federal government to devise policies for fee subsidization, ensuring education remains accessible and affordable.

The influx of children from other regions into Lagos State posed a significant challenge, as highlighted by Alli-Balogun. If unaddressed, this trend could exacerbate social issues within the state.

Dr. Hammed Abodunrin, Commander of the National Safe School Response Coordination Centre, emphasized the imperative of prioritizing citizens’ security. Collaboration with the education ministry to integrate security education into school curricula was imminent.

Dr. Mikayla Ibrahim underscored UK’s support for Nigerian basic education via projects like GEP III. The GEP project has notably improved learning access for 1.5 million girls, advancing literacy and numeracy. These endeavors underscore the commitment to comprehensive reform within Nigeria’s education sector.

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