UNGA77: Buhari says education system determines level of national development

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the global community for collaborative partnerships that build a framework of ideas and enable him to place learners at the heart of his national efforts to transform schools. According to him, no country can develop beyond the capacity of its educational system.

Many universities across the country remained closed for more than six months due to Mr Buhari’s refusal to respond to demands from the Union of Academic Staff of Universities.

The Nigerian leader made the call on Monday when delivering Nigeria’s statement at the Transforming Education Summit (Leaders’ Roundtable) held on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“In transforming education, we must not erect boundaries. Where they exist, we must eliminate them, because we have much to learn from each other. As we know, improving equitable and inclusive access to quality educational opportunities is key to ensuring the full development of our societies,” the Nigerian leader said. “No country can grow beyond the capacity of its education system.”

The president said it would be difficult to have a meaningful conversation about transforming national education systems without transforming the teaching profession and called for more deliberations on efforts to scale up teacher education innovations and research. and teacher professional development.

“The process of building a sustainable teacher supply chain to address the challenges of teacher shortage is important and calls for global action,” he said. “Nigeria also wishes to reiterate the need for all Member States and stakeholders to address systemic and structural issues that impede access to quality education. Only when we do this can we create a world truly fit for all, where no one is left behind.

According to him, the use of information technology as a pedagogical tool holds promise to transform and erase the boundaries of learning and to reorganize the way learning occurs within and outside. outside the classroom.

Mr. Buhari expressed his optimism that bridging the digital divide would present Nigeria with opportunities to expand learning and transform the education system, even as we build a knowledge ecosystem and a truly resilient society.

“Nigeria is rebuilding trust with its people to provide a safe learning environment and responsive services. This is why we were among the first to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) while developing a national policy on safe and secure schools,” he said at the meeting of United Nations.


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