Africa Education must address poverty – Nigerian Minister

Winneba (C/R) Aug.
31, GNA – Dr (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Deputy Governor of Lagos State,
Nigeria, says only half of 128 million pupils in Sub-Sahara Africa are likely
to acquire basic skills.

Dr Adebule, who is
also Minister, in-Charge of Education, Nigeria, said Africa’s learning
barometer indicated that learning gaps exist in most Sub-Sahara African
countries and called for change.

The Deputy
Governor, made this known in a speech delivered on her behalf by the Vice
Chancellor of Lagos State University, Professor Olaurewaju Adigun Fagbonhun at
the International Multi-Disciplinary Conference for post- Graduate Students
Association at the University of Education in Winneba.

The conference was
on the theme: “Connecting, practice, Research and Teaching as Generational
thinkers”.

Participants were
drawn from Ghana, Nigeria, US, UK, Australia, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone.

Dr Adebule said
Africa’s progress over the last half of the century has not been remarkable and
needs pragmatic change.

She said that
underscores the numerous educational challenges facing Africa.

She said Africa is
very much at the rung of the development ladder.

“The continent has
consistently failed to win laurels for high impact education on achievement in
international benchmarking exercise,” Dr Adebule said.

Dr Adebule, said
Africa’s education system of practice, research and teaching is confronting
teething problems that could threaten the continents’ long -term development
goals and competitive.

The Deputy Governor
stated that it would be disastrous to underestimate the long-term consequences,
because what would happen could exacerbate the learning gaps to continuously
perpetuate poverty, disease and hunger in the region.

She called for
collaboration between the universities and polytechnics to work as a team to
initiate researches, teachings and practices that would address teething
problems currently facing post-graduates.

Mr Samuel Ofori
Danquah, President of Graduate Students Association of Ghana of the University
of Education, Winneba said the conference is a unique opportunity for members
to come out with comprehensive plans that would help solve unemployed graduates’
issues.

Professor Mawutor
Avoke, Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, who chaired the function
charged members of the Association to ensure that body receives the needed
assistance.

GNA

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