AN ADDRESS ON ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SDG4 AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION: KEEP YOUR PROMISE DELIVERED BY HONORABLE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, MALAM ADAMU ADAMU, ON THE OCASSION OF 2018 GLOBAL ACTION WEEK OF EDUCATION STAKEHOLDER HELD ON 24 APRIL, 2018 AT BARCELONA HOTEL, ABUJA.
It is with great pleasure that I address this distinguished forum on the resolve of the education sector to keep her promise of accountability and the engagement of the citizen in the delivered of the SDG4 toward achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
The MDGs wind up and ushered in the SDGs at a launch in September 2015 where the president, Mahammadu Buhari join other heads of the 73 UN member to sign into the initiative.
The SDGs which is the exclusive reserve of education sector seeks to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”
The National policy on education has universalized basic education with aim of providing equal opportunities to all Nigeria irrespective of social class, ethic or geographical origins, occupation, religion and gender.
After a critical look at the SDGs4, its targets and indicators, it become necessary for the sector to embark on wide range of multi-level consultative forum. Hence the ministry was the first MDA to launch the SDGs and thereafter, underscoring the of citizenship participation in delivering the SDGS4, has engaged in a meeting the stakeholder in series of meeting for the forward. After the launch of SDGs in February 2016, stakeholders from all levels of Governance were engaged in a meeting to examine institutional capacity for implementing the SDGs in education and solicit their buy-in for the targets and indicators. Also, emerging issues and global challenge were discussed with a view of to addressing Distinguished participation, citizenship participation provide individuals opportunity to influence public decisions and to be a component of the democratic decision-making process. The mutual relationship that exist between active participation of the citizens and sustainable development con not be undermined. At all levels of intervention, advocacy, sensitization and mobilization have formed a critical strategy in engaging the citizenry. This strategy aims at getting the support of stakeholders to improve access and ensuring provision of quality function basic education in Nigeria
The Federal Ministry of education has considered the dare need for synergy in three level of government and aggressive grass root participation in articulating projects and programs for the citizenry. To this end, numerous steps have taken to ensure that everyone is carried along. The Ministry has come out with targets, turn-around strategies and timelines regarding the challenge of the out- of-school children syndrome which would largely militate against the attainment of SDG4.
To this end community ownership of our schools has been secured whereby the voice of woman and children count in school governance. This is through instituting the school Base Management committee (SBMC) in our schools. The SBMC is a bottom up approach which is highly participatory and results in effective implementation and ownership of school rules and guidelines in school government. Although education is on the current list, every school in Nigeria is to encourage
May I at this juncture inform you that apart from the National Council on Education (NCE), the highest decision-making meeting of all education stakeholders, the Ministry holds periodic meetings with the commissioners of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEBs) and local Government Education Authority to appraise the implementation of education policies and agree on possible challenge in the sector.
At Ministry, fund tracking mechanism are employed for activities appropriate in annual budget for example, the intervention In our schools which basically address infrastructural decay and that of the education parastatals are monitored quarterly in a meeting with benefiting schools and agencies. During this meeting , National Assembly members, officers from the Presidency, other MDAs and CSO are in attendance and all funds appropriated for the project and programs are tracked. At the end reports are collected and forwarded to the Presidency through the office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs). Another mechanism is in place to track education quality through the empowerment of the education quality assurance services to carry out periodic inspection of schools to maintain the needed quality for lifelong learning outcomes.
May I assure you that as the society change based on nation needs and global best practices, the ministry will continue to engage stakeholders periodically for curriculum Review, Restructuring and Alignment at all level of education. As a listening Government, the Federal Government has disarticulated History from social study so that our youth can retrace their steps. It is only when you know where you are coming from that you can strengthen and re-strategize your now and future. Apart from the national policy on education, there are other policies that relate to different subsectors or type of education and other education activities, the existing ones are in use while new policies that are evidence –base which include , National Language policy (NLP) National Board for Arabic and Islamic study, are receive attention
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen am happy to inform you that with the launch of the education digest, the challenge of obtaining credible data for development is a thing of the past
Distinguished audience, the critical role expected from the CSOs due to their ability to work across sectors and engage with a complex and multi-thematic policies process to achieve the SDGs4 is unquestionable. I assure you of our continued accountability and loyalty to this course of placing Nigeria at the pedestal in achieving the SDGs come 2030.
On this note, may I wish you fruitful deliberation as I declare this annual event open.