Education is a right for all children, it is their human right. And, like other recognized human rights, it cannot be taken for granted. Across the world, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents are out of school.
More than 120 million children do not complete primary education. (UNICEF) Behind these figures, there is children and youth being denied not only a right, but opportunities: a fair chance to get a decent job, to escape poverty, to support their families, and to develop their communities.
There is no doubt that, no nation can be developed beyond the level of education of her people.
Education is in dire straits in Nigeria. More than 10 million children are out of school across the nation. It is a well-known fact that “education is power,” but Nigeria continues to treat the subject of education with abject levity.
If Nigerians and Politicians invest half of what they invest in politics in education today, there would be massive transformation which will go a long way in restructuring the economy standards and the moment we play down on education, we start going down the drains.
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the current Sultan of Sokoto, once said and I quote that “education is key to development, and it would continue to remain the veritable tool for national and human development as it promotes unity, peace and economic development of the country”.
Governments should work with parent and teacher associations, as well as the private sector and civil society organizations, to find the best and most constructive ways to improve the quality of education. Innovation has to be harnessed, and new partnerships must be forged.
Of course, this will cost money. According to UNESCO, in order to meet our basic education targets by 2030, we must close an external annual financing gap of about $22 billion. But we have the resources necessary to deliver. What is lacking is the political will to make the needed investments.