Education Programme in Nigeria

(c) UNESCO Abuja
Women Adult Literacy Class in Abuja, Nigeria

The international community including Nigeria has pledged to achieve Education for All (EFA) at the World Education Forum (Dakar 2000) by 2015: Expand early childhood care and education Improve access to complete, free schooling of good quality for all primary school-age children Greatly increase learning opportunities for youth and adultsImprove adult literacy rates by 50% Achieve gender parity by 2005, gender equality by 2015;Improve all aspects of education quality. UNESCO’s programme for Education in Nigeria gives top priority to supporting the achievement of Education for All (EFA) and to providing leadership in education, notably through the EFA three core initiatives - strengthening support for Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), empowering teaching personnel through Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Sahara Africa (TTISSA) and Global Initiative on Education and HIV/AIDS (EDUCAIDS). UNESCO Abuja mobilizes political will and coordinates efforts of all stakeholders in education including development partners, governments, NGOs and civil society and supports national dialogue. The Education sector works in revitalizing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in support of sustainable EFA, gives support to capacity development and research in higher education to promote quality programme delivery, promotes quality education for sustainable development and provides guidance to policy-makers and other stakeholders on ways to transform education systems in a globalizing world. Key priorities Strengthening the building blocks for EFA: literacy, teachers and skills for the world of work Building effective education systems from early childhood care and education to higher education, and furthering lifelong learning Helping both the Federal and State Governments to plan and manage the education sector through sector-wide frameworks.    

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