Nigeria to celebrate 2016 Commonwealth Day

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

Nigerian government has expressed readiness to join other 53 Commonwealth nations to mark the 2016 Commonwealth Day.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah revealed that Nigeria has contributed over Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars to the Commonwealth of Learning between 2006 and 2014.

Professor Anwukah, who made this known in Abuja while briefing Journalists on the government’s preparation towards the celebration, also said that the theme for the 2016 Commonwealth Day celebration, “an inclusive Commonwealth”, will help facilitate learning for both teachers and learners.

Quality education
The Minister also said that the theme will help achieve equity, justice and quality education for all learners in member countries.

He stated that the theme is apt as it re-emphasizes on commonwealth’s core value as an inclusive network for mutual growth.

“Inclusive education entails bringing together different children to learn in the same environment, regardless of their background, socio-cultural status, special learning needs or abilities.

It helps to facilitate learning as it enhances access, inclusion, strengthens participation of both teachers and learners and also enables learners achieve their full potentials,” he said.

The Minister enumerated, recent achievements of the Nigerian Education Sector as a, member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Anwukah said Nigeria is a major donor to the Commonwealth of Learning-COL, as the country had spent over 750,000 Dollars in nine years to the development of the COL.

Inter-governmental venture
Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma described the 2016 theme as suitable, he said it refers to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding, as well as equity and fairness, set out in the Commonwealth Charter.

The Commonwealth of Nations, commonly known as “The Commonwealth” is an inter-governmental body of 53 member states , among which Nigeria is a key member, was formally constituted in 1949 by the London Declaration.

Nigerian government has, however, outlined series of events such as parade of the Commonwealth flags, presentation of theme song, among other programmes planned for the Commonwealth Day celebration scheduled for March 14, 2016, in Nigeria.