The Nigerian government has urged the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to include the development of teacher education among its programmes to be undertaken in the country.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, made the appeal in Abuja while receiving the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova who was on an official visit to Nigeria.
The Minister commended the impact of UNESCO especially in the areas of mass literacy and vitalisation of Nigerian youths; he pledged the government’s commitment towards deepening the existing relationship with the organization in all areas of its engagements.
According to him, “we appreciate what UNESCO has been doing since you became Director General. We are very happy with UNESCO and I will like to assure you of the commitment of the federal government.
“We will like to appreciate what you have been doing especially in all the areas that you are engaged in vitalizing the youths, adult education and mass literacy.
“The teacher development programme is particular to us because from the ministry here we now have an action plan. The teachers’ development is one of the strongest of things so I hope the new engagement we are going to get with the UNESCO will include development of teacher education,”.
Adamu also appreciated the UNESCO for its selection of Nigeria over other African countries as the regional centre to control all UNESCO activities in Africa, and for its establishment of the National Mathematical Centre Abuja as UNESCO Chair of Mathematics.
“We are going to continue deepening the relationship between us and UNESCO in all your areas of your competence and we assure you that Nigeria will not let you down”, Adamu said.
Earlier, UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, pledged UNESCO’s support in helping Nigeria achieve its vision of providing accessible quality education and diversifying the economy through science and technology innovation to allow for socioeconomic development in the country.
She commended government’s efforts in enhancing accessibility to quality education, which she noted was captured in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We will take the possibility to exchange deeply deeper with the project that we are heading here but let me say that the focus that the president and the government and you all are putting on quality education, on literacy, on inclusiveness on access to education is very much ascribed in the goal number four of the SDGs, and I know that your government is putting your own nation in line to achieve this.
“We are here to accompany your efforts with our expertise, with our knowledge, with our universality and I know that your government is holding a strong emphasis on the new technologies on the open resources on science technology and innovation.
“This is how economies are being diversified, this is how young people are used with their creativity and talent and we are here to accompany your efforts in this respect,” Bokova added.