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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

HDI, MacArthur Foundation Hold Summit In Abuja To Protect Education In Nigeria


'With recent happenings in the country, particularly insecurity in schools, coupled with infrastructural deficits, moral decay, and ethnoreligious issues and their effects on the school system, the attainment of SGD Goal-4 by 2030 might remain a mirage, if deliberate steps are not taken.' 

This was contained in a statement made at a summit organized by Human Development Initiatives, HDI, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation at Rockview Royale Hotel, Wuse, Abuja, on Wednesday.

The event that is billed to hold between the 2nd and 3rd of February, 2022 will feature lectures, paper presentations, panel sessions, group discussions, and dialogues. 

According to Sanmi Johnson Ibidapo, HDI Program, and Communications Officer, he said, the summit would host both Government (Supply-side actors), and end-users (Demand-side actors) of education services, majorly Parents Guardians, and even students drawn from across all the 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria. 

FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS RELEASE ON THE HDI 2022 NATIONAL EDUCATION SUMMIT 

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we are pleased to welcome you to this year’s National Education Summit. The 2022 National Education Summit which has the theme Building qualitative, inclusive and adaptive education system: meeting modern-day education challenges in Nigeria is a follow up to the first Summit which was held in February 2021 with the theme: Covid-19 and the future of education in contemporary Nigeria. 


The nationwide lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 exposed serious gaps in our education system; which system was ill-prepared to handle the disruptive effect of a total lockdown with consequent effects on continuous learning. Prior to the unfortunate invasion of the global pandemic, our beloved country had for some time been battling the problem of out-of-school children which became exacerbated due to insurgency in the North-East. Without a doubt, the dynamics of actualizing quality education at all levels at such a time as this makes continuous dialogue of all stakeholders in the Education sector an absolute necessity. 

With recent happenings in the country, particularly insecurity in schools, coupled with infrastructural deficits, moral decay, and ethnoreligious issues and their effects on the school system, the attainment of SGD Goal-4 by 2030 might remain a mirage, if deliberate steps are not taken. It is thus important to ensure concerted efforts of all stakeholders, who through advocacy, initiatives, and tech-driven innovations will help create an effective, efficient, inclusive, and adaptive education system; a system that continues to function even in the event of future pandemics that may come upon the world. 

Such systems can only leverage technology to bridge the gaps in our educational sector for qualitative, inclusive, and continuous learning as well as the institutionalization of transparency, accountability, and good governance.


For us, this is therefore a time for multiple, constructive national discourse and dialogues to chart the course forward on qualitative, inclusive, and adaptive education. This National Education Summit is intended to be one of such issue-based and solution-generating programs put together by our organization Human Development Initiatives, HDI, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation. 

The Summit which will hold on the 2nd and 3rd February 2022 will feature lectures, paper presentations, panel sessions, group discussions, and dialogues. it would host both Government (Supply-side actors), and end-users (Demand-side actors) of education services, majorly Parents Guardians, and even students drawn from across all the 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria. 

Some of the focal issues for discussion include The Keynote address: Building qualitative, inclusive and adaptive education system: meeting modern-day education challenges in Nigeria to be delivered by the keynote lecturer Professor, Kolawole Kazeem, who is a seasoned educationist and administrator.

Visualizing Basic Education in current times: lessons from the past and hope for the future.


Building qualitative Education in Nigeria: Advancing educational possibilities through curriculum

Defusing the ticking time-bomb: surmounting the challenges of successful enrolment and retention of Out-of-school Children in Nigeria 

At the end of this program, we hope to produce a Communique of all issues raised with succinct recommendations for policymakers to give all Nigerians a Qualitative, inclusive, and Adaptive Education System. 






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