Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, has called for increased interventions for education in Africa to avoid the danger of millions of African children growing without education.
According to her, about 65 million children in Sub-Sahara Africa were likely to miss education if appropriate measures were not taken by governments to enhance enrolment and access to education.
Dr. Adebule, who is also Minister in-Charge of Education, Nigeria, said Africa’s learning barometer indicated that learning gaps exist in most Sub-Sahara African countries, and called for change.
The Deputy Governor made the call in a speech delivered on her behalf by the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Professor Olaurewaju Adigun Fagbonhun, at the International Multi-Disciplinary Conference for Post-Graduate Students Association at the University of Education in Winneba (UEW).
The conference was on the theme, “Connecting practice, research and teaching as generational thinkers.”
Participants were drawn from Ghana, Nigeria, US, UK, Australia, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone.
Dr. Adebule said Africa’s progress over the last half of the century has not been encouraging, and needs pragmatic change.
That, she said, underscores the numerous educational challenges facing Africa, adding that Africa is very much at the lower rung of the development ladder.
“The continent has consistently failed to win laurels for high impact education on achievement in international benchmarking exercise,” Dr. Adebule said.
Dr. Adebule said Africa’s education system of practice, research and teaching was confronted with teething problems that could threaten the continent’s long -term development goals.
The Deputy Governor stated that it would be disastrous to underestimate the long-term consequences, because that would exacerbate the learning gaps to continuously perpetuate poverty, disease and hunger in the region.
She called for collaboration between the universities and polytechnics to work as a team to initiate research, teaching and practice that would address teething problems currently facing post-graduates.
Mr. Samuel Ofori Danquah, President of Graduate Students Association of Ghana of the University of Education, Winneba, said the conference offered a platform for members to brainstorm on comprehensive plans that would help in addressing graduate unemployed problems.
Professor Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor of the UEW, who chaired the function, lauded the objective of the forum, and urged the association to increase its partnership with other institutions to address educational and societal challenges.