Making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive is crucial to achieving sustainable development, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Lagos State, Mr Segun Dawodu said on Thursday.
“Making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive is crucial to achieving sustainable development.
“Education is a `development multiplier’.
“It plays a pivotal role in accelerating progress across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, be it poverty eradication, good health, gender equality, decent work and growth, reduced inequalities, action on climate or building peaceful societies.
According to him, the Lagos State Youth Policy stresses that the role of education in youth development cannot be emphasised and it acknowledges education as a general tool for youth empowerment.
“The policy promotes equal access to qualitative and functional education for all youth in Lagos irrespective of sex, ethnicity, religious beliefs, geographical location and socio-economic circumstances.
“It addresses school enrollment issues, increasing number of educational institutions and provides for more vocational and entrepreneurial centres, more technical colleges and increased funding for existing ones.
“It also provides for the creation of incentives for gifted youths to encourage creativity and innovation as well as the participation of youth in local and international educational youth related programmes,’’ Dawodu said.
Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU) and Guest Speaker at the programme, said there was need for education transformation, especially as the importance of education could not be overemphasised.
According to him, the first thing to note is that transforming education in Nigeria has international backing and that in modern times, quality education has become a matter of right to be enjoyed by the citizens and not merely a discretion that exclusively resides with government.
Represented by Mr Bolaji Ramos, he said there was the need to transform education policies in line with modern realities and emerging standards was what should top Nigeria’s agenda at this moment.
Also, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the Lagos State Governor, represented by Mrs Adeola Agunbiade, said good education had the power to change a life.
“Education remains the only veritable tool of socio-economic development and the only legacy worth bequeathing to our children.
“It develops in us a perspective of looking at life, helps us to build opinions and have points of view on things in life,’’ she said.
is “Transforming Education”.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)