Basic Education: HDI, Mac Arthur Foundation Unveil Lagos SUBEB Action Plans

Kuni Tyessi in Abuja

The Human Development Initiatives (HDI) in collaboration with Mac Arthur Foundation has unveiled the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) action plan. 

This is coming after the investigative project of its tracking from 2018, 2019 and 2020, activities which started in 2017.

The Executive Director of HDI, Olufunsho Owasanoye, had on Wednesday, in Abuja, stated that the project revealed the plight of Nigerian children and their parents who are in deep need of basic education for their children.

In the programme which was centered in, “Basic education national stakeholders’ convocation and report launch,” Owasanoye revealed that the organisation has come to the conclusion that qualitative, inclusive and equitable basic education can be actualised in Nigeria. 

“We have been to the trenches and have seen first-hand the plight of Nigerian children and their parents. It’s important to know that if we must achieve success in delivery of basic education, we must all get ourselves involved, it’s a collective responsibility. 

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“After seven years if intentional engagement with the key players in basic education both national and state levels, we have come to the conclusion that qualitative, inclusive and equitable basic education can be actualised in Nigeria” she said.

In his speech, Director of MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Joke Shettima, said the organisation was ever willing to partner with such groups for the advancement of basic education and other developmental issues in the society, adding that the partnership is not a name and shame venture on the part of civil society organisations but that of accountability. 

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“Except we have government officials who are willing to do the right thing, our own efforts will be very limited. Government officials also need to recognise that civil society groups are critical and important representatives of our society and government on its own cannot bring about the needed change we so desire.

“In bringing change, the number of schools that probably will not have been implemented but for the fact that CSOs have taken the responsibility to track and see what government said it wants to do and whether it has been delivered or not.

“This is not a relationship of naming and shaming, but that which speaks about accountability” he said.

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