UK GOVERNMENT ADVISES TINUBU TO ALLOCATE SAVINGS FROM SUBSIDY REMOVAL TO EDUCATION

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The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has recommended that President Bola Tinubu utilize the funds saved from the removal of fuel subsidies to support education in Nigeria. Ian Attfield, a representative of the FCDO, conveyed this message during the conclusion of the Inclusive Education project in Abuja. He highlighted the importance of redirecting resources towards human development, particularly education and essential services for the youth.

Attfield also noted that the changing economic landscape, including the adjustments in fuel subsidy policies, presents an opportunity for Nigeria to invest in education and services. He urged for a focus on mainstreaming inclusive education principles and ensuring that all children, including those with disabilities, are included in educational opportunities.

Dr. Sunday Isiyaku, the Country Director of Sightsavers Nigeria, a nonprofit organization, emphasized that inclusivity in education is integral to national progress. He stressed that involving children with disabilities in education and planning for their future should be a priority for government and communities alike. Isiyaku explained the profound impact of inclusive education on children’s lives and families, emphasizing its role in sustainable development.

Liesbeth Roolvink, the Technical Director of Inclusive Education at Sightsavers Global Team, highlighted the progress made in training individuals to champion inclusive education across Nigeria. Roolvink expressed optimism about the potential to continue this positive momentum in different regions of the country.

Amb Jake Epelle, CEO and Founder of TAF Africa and Convener of Disability Inclusion Nigeria, participated in a panel discussion on inclusive education. He highlighted the shortage of trained teachers in this field and stressed the need for awareness campaigns, funding, and comprehensive education policies. Epelle advocated for a shift away from segregating children with disabilities in special schools and toward integrating them into mainstream educational environments that promote societal integration.

Epelle also addressed the challenge of reaching parents who may not be aware of inclusive education opportunities and may be keeping their children with disabilities at home. He underlined the need to raise awareness and encourage parents to consider the educational benefits for their children.

In closing, the FCDO’s recommendation to allocate subsidy savings to education aligns with the broader goal of fostering inclusivity and equitable development in Nigeria’s education sector. The emphasis on raising awareness, proper training for educators, and policy changes showcases a comprehensive approach to creating an inclusive educational system that benefits all children, regardless of their abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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