Basic Education: HDI, MacArthur Foundation Unveil Lagos SUBEB Action Plans

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The Human Development Initiatives (HDI) and the MacArthur Foundation have unveiled the action plans of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

This action plans unveiling happened after the investigative project of its tracking from 2018, 2019 and 2020, activities which started in 2017.

The Executive Director of HDI, Olufunsho Owasanoye, stated last week in Abuja that the project revealed the plight of Nigerian children and their parents who are in deep need of basic education for their children.

In the programme which was centred on, “Basic Education National Stakeholders’ Convocation and Report Launch,” Owasanoye said that the organisation has come to the conclusion that qualitative, inclusive and equitable basic education can become a reality in Nigeria.

“We have been to the trenches and have seen first-hand the plight of Nigerian children and their parents. It’s important to know that if we must achieve success in delivery of basic education, we must all get ourselves involved. It’s a collective responsibility.

“After seven years of intentional engagement with the key players in basic education both national and state levels, we have come to the conclusion that qualitative, inclusive and equitable basic education can be actualised in Nigeria” she said.

In his speech, Director of MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Joke Shettima, stated the willingness of the foundation to partner with such groups for the advancement of basic education and other developmental issues in the society.

He said: “Except we have government officials who are willing to do the right thing, our own efforts will be very limited. Government officials also need to recognise that civil society groups are critical and important representatives of our society and government on its own cannot bring about the needed change we so desire.

“In bringing change, the number of schools that probably will not have been implemented but for the fact that CSOs have taken the responsibility to track and see what government said it wants to do and whether it has been delivered or not.

“This is not a relationship of naming and shaming, but that which speaks about accountability.”

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