Commissioner Urges Govts To Transform Early Childhood Education

Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, Honourable Commissioner for Education, Lagos State

Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education has urged the government at all levels to always lead the transformation of early childhood education in Nigeria.

Adefisayo made the call at a two-day roundtable discourse organised by the School of Early Childhood and Primary Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin in Lagos on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the workshop was: “Increasing Access To Early Childhood Education and Primary Education: The Role of Stakeholders.”

She said that governments have a major role to play as a stakeholder in education to increase access to early childhood in the country.

Adefisayo said that some of the plans to transform education in Lagos state include more infrastructures, reviewing education curriculum, improving quality primary education, and improving capacity welfare of students.

“Others are investing in technologies in all Lagos state schools, providing more schools for special need students, public-private relationship and broadcasting subjects on radio stations.

“Some challenges facing childhood education now are infrastructure insufficiency, 70 percent attention in schools and lack of specialised teachers.

“In Lagos state, we have done so many things to transform primary and secondary schools such as providing school buildings, fencing the schools, providing a conducive environment, and so on,” she said.

Adefisayo added that the education system should have 100 per cent full enrollment, quality education, and 21st-century teachers.

“Every college of education should give their students quality training on how they can reflect role models into their students in future.

“College of education needs to infuse leadership roles in their students because teachers should always see themselves as a leader and believe in their profession,” she added.

Adefisayo noted that parents, teachers, communities, and governments were major stakeholders in transforming the education system in Nigeria.

In her opening remarks, Prof. Bidemi Lafiaji-Okuneye, Provost of AOCOED advised students to be role models to the students they were to teach in future.

Lafiaji-Okuneye said that the importance of the programme was to identify some challenges teachers experience in early childhood education.

“I pray for a more cordial relationship between the college and Lagos State ministry of education,” she said.

Dr Elizabeth Aboluwarin, Acting Dean, School of Early Childhood and Primary Education, AOCOED said that early childhood and primary education were the foundation and background every child should get.

Aboluwarin advised parents not to ignore or rush their children’s early education because whatever they miss at any stage could not be recovered.

Dr Ganiyu Olaogun, Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the programme said that increasing access to early childhood and primary education was very important.

Olaogun, Chief Lecturer at School of Early Childhood and Primary Education, AOCOED said that early childhood education was an obligation to every child.

“All major stakeholders are responsible for the access of education at different communities in the country,” he said.

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