PARENTS ENJOINED TO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNANCE OF BASIC EDUCATION

Human Development Initiatives (HDI) has called on parents and other community stakeholders to participate actively in the governance of basic education. This call was made at different sensitization and awareness programs organized in project locations including two LGAs in each of Lagos, Kano and FCT, Abuja. TheseSensitization Ibeju-Lekki2 programs were organised by HDI in collaboration with cluster Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which include: Patriotic Citizens Initiatives (Lagos), Out-of-School Children Empowerment Foundation (Lagos), Grassroots Health Organisation (Kano) and the WellBeing Foundation Africa Abuja) for parents and community stakeholders .

Resource persons spoke on a variety of issues such as the roles of UBEC, SUBEB and LGEAs in providing quality basic education; the role of stakeholders, as well as the strategies for demanding quality basic education. It was noted that the prospects of UBE such as eradication of mass illiteracy, the phenomenon of out-of-school children and drop-ouidut from formal school system, improved access to functional, effective and free education amongst others, are only achievable if all relevant stakeholders show commitment.

The resource persons were Dr Chinwe Nwana, Dr Waziri Adisa, Yusuf Ahmed, Osele Kingsley, Johnson Ibidapo, Mrs Rashida Apahade, Adelola Adegbesan, Adeniyi Aremu,  Zainab Ahmed,  Hasna Yusuf, Osita Osemene, and Mrs. Olufunso Owasanoye. Resource persons, also reiterated the importance of setting up community-based school monitoring committees that function as task force to ensure that children are in school during school hours. This committee, acSensitization Bwari2cording to her should also be “saddled with the responsibility of reporting deficiencies, failures and abnormalities in schools to appropriate authorities”.

An appeal was also made to State Governments to pay the requisite counterpart fund in order to assess Federal Government matching grants allocated for the implementation of the Universal Basic Education programme. Judiciously utilizing this will go a long way in improving the quality of education across the States of the Federation.