By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-Convergence of interventions from public and private sectors within and outside the country has been said to be a core requirement to resolving the challenges in the education sector.
Disclosing this on Tuesday in Abuja at the maiden edition of the Convergence Education Summit 2017 organised by Educorp World, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in his address, noted that the collaboration with Educorp World to host the summit is indicative of Government’s openness and readiness to work with well meaning Nigerians and other development partners.
The Minister who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Ogundano, stated that the Summit with the theme, “New Shifts in Education As a Result of the New Dynamics In our World Today”, aligns with the current drive to reposition the education sector to play a central role in making a positive difference in the lives of the citizens and in the prosperity and competitiveness of the nation.
While noting that the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) has mapped out plans to resolve the challenges in the education sector, he explained that the MSP focuses on addressing out-of-school children phenomenon; strengthening basic and secondary education; capacity-building and professional development of teachers; quality and access in higher education amongst other things”.
Mallam Adamu further said that, “This is the first time we are collaborating with a Nigerian in Diaspora to hold a national summit towards addressing the challenges that exist in the public education, I urge all stakeholders in education to partner with government towards achieving sustainable development and global competitiveness”.
In his keynote address, the Founder, Educorp World Inc. Prof. Adeyombo Aderinto said that convergence will give room for actions to drive public education initiatives, adding that more and urgent attention should be given to all aspects of public education.
On the issue of curriculum,he said that things are changing in the world and as such, the curriculum should also change, adding that constant revisiting as well as update is needed to make the curriculum flexible, current and able respond to change.
While noting that schools are no longer the purveyors of education, he stressed that schools should acknowledge the leaner’s profile, be mindful of technology and realities of the world as it is no longer a “tell me world” but now a “show me world”.