Boosting quality and functional education in Nigeria – January 31, 2023
The inimitable Nelson Mandela captured it succinctly when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The United Nations, in agreement with the late African statesman, note that “Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is key to escaping poverty. Education helps reduce inequalities, reach gender equality, and foster tolerance and peaceful societies.”

The United Nations Secretary-General in his message on the 2023 international day of Education described Education as a Human Right. He went on to say that Education is the bedrock of societies, economies, and every person’s potential. As an academic and University Administrator, I wish to stress the importance of quality education and why it needs to be a priority in Nigeria today. Society has progressed because of education. It helps bring reform and progress and paves the way for innovation. Recognizing its importance, the United Nations in 2012 included quality education among its Sustainable Development Goals. The global body identifies quality education as a primary goal to ensure the ‘transformation of the world’ by 2030.

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