Human Development Initiatives (HDI Nigeria) organized a programme tagged “A Day Out with Lagos SUBEB” with the support of MacArthur Foundation and partnership with ActionAid Nigeria, NORAD, and Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB). The programme was aimed at providing a platform for community stakeholders and selected members of the public to engage directly with Lagos SUBEB on the development of basic education in the state. The programme was held on Monday 1st of March, 2021 at Lagos SUBEB Multipurpose Hall, Kosofe LGA, Lagos State.
The Executive Director, Human Development Initiatives (HDI), Mrs. Olufunso Owasanoye noted that Nigeria still currently has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, despite statistics put forward by different agencies. Unfortunately, this crisis of Out-of-school children has been terribly worsened by widespread insecurity which has made parents skeptical about enrolling their children/wards in schools; the Covid-19 pandemic has further done more damage than could be anticipated in this regard. While Nigeria continues her war against widespread insecurity, poverty and inequality generally, illiteracy continues to rear its ugly head as a hydra-headed monster, just at the base of most of these problems. She said the programme was aimed at providing a platform for stakeholders to engage directly with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board for the betterment of basic education in the state.
The Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (Lagos SUBEB), Hon. Wahab Alawiye King, in his interaction with stakeholders at the event mentioned that Lagos SUBEB is ready to partner with individuals, groups, communities and organisation for the transformation of basic education in the state. He said, “Transformative education requires collaboration with stakeholders. Engagement and constructive impact are needed to transform the education sector.
One of the permanent board members, Hon. Dayo Isreal stated that there are 109 public primary schools in hard to reach communities and the board monitors all the schools in the hard to reach areas in Lagos State.