A youth-led organization, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), has called on relevant stakeholders to invest in the education sector and support the government in addressing the high rate of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
YALI made this call in Iwoye Community while providing educational materials to the pupils of St Stephen’s CAC Primary School, Iwoye.
UNICEF recently revealed about 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, highlighting the need for increased investment and support from relevant stakeholders in the education sector.
Dorcas Gideon, the Education Team Lead of YALI, emphasized the importance of education for children’s future. She urged everyone to support the government in providing quality education for children, especially those in rural areas.
Gideon explained that the organization decided to support the children in the school, as it has been doing in various schools, to ensure they stay in school.
She called on groups, organizations, and individuals to invest in the education sector.
She also urged the government to provide more teachers to schools in rural areas and renovate their buildings, making the environment conducive for teaching and learning.
She emphasized that without quality education and facilities, the potential of many children in rural areas might not be realized.
The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Deborah Titilayo Lichen, appealed to relevant individuals to support community schools to provide quality education for children in rural areas.
She highlighted the challenges faced, including the need to visit homes every morning to bring children to school, stressing the importance of support from various quarters in promoting education among children in rural areas.