UNESCO says it will support Nigeria in the implementation of the phase two special plan which includes the reconstruction of the education system in the North Eastern part of the country.
UNESCO Country Director, Benoit Sossou, made this known in Abuja during a Workshop organised on Nigeria-Unesco Communiqué and preparation of the Second phase of the Cooperation plan.
Mr Sossou who was represented by UNESCO Senior Education Specialist, Saidou Jallow, said the Cooperation plan will focus on crucial areas such as the Lake Chad and the reconstruction of education system in states affected by Insurgency.
“The new phase of the Special plan of Cooperation will be comprehensive in terms of UNESCO`s areas of competence and include areas such as: reconstruction of the education system in the Northeast, teacher education ,technical and vocational education and training, VET for youth entrepreneurship ,adult and youth literacy ”
“The second phase of the project will focus on the provision of assistance for the reform of the Nigerian Science, Technology and Innovation System, it will also address issues related to Lake Chad, fighting houth radicalism and many other areas”
Sossou added that the framework of the Special Plan of Cooperation -Phase 1, UNESCO supported Nigeria to develop and strengthen its Science, Technology and Innovation system.
“During the 10years` project ,Nigeria developed a National STI policy, adopted in 2012, the country also established the National Research and Innovation Council and the National Research and Innovation fund”
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Jemila Shuara said the workshop was organised in furtherance of the mandate of the ministry , she said the workshop was a clarion call to examine
all available documents and come up with a national action plan that meets Nigeria’s developmental needs.
Shuara urged that the action plan must come with timelines and funding mechanisms for further presentation to UNESCO for support to ensue implementation.
“This workshop is designed to be a definite and strategic step towards the second phase of the Nigeria- UNESCO Special Plan of cooperation by articulating a solid national action plan”
The framework between UNESCO and Nigeria was strengthened in August 2016, when the Director General of UNESCO ,Ms Irina Bokova ,visited Nigeria.