Lagos – LEAP Africa in collaboration with Citi Bank Nigeria and the Citi Foundation hosted a one-day roundtable meeting on the theme “Education for Sustainable Development ” on September 18, 2019.
The meeting brought stakeholders from the Ministry of Education, Private sector and Development actors, who deliberated on how to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goal 4 in secondary schools across Lagos State.
According to the United Nations, “achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development”. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive and quality education can help equip citizens with the tools needed to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
This has led to a growing international recognition of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as an integral element of inclusive and quality education. ESD addresses key sustainable development issues in teaching and learning. This entails participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development, consequently promoting critical thinking, problem-solving and leadership in young people. ESD has the potential to equip and empower a nation to see to the achievement of sustainable development. Nigeria is currently working towards the integration of ESD into her educational system.
Taking into cognizance that the provision of inclusive and quality education cannot be borne by the government alone, the private sector is making substantial efforts towards bridging the gap in the Nigerian’s educational sector. LEAP for instance in partnership with Citi Foundation are two organizations contributing their own quota towards the integration of ESD into Nigerian’s educational system. This is being done in the following capacity: Teacher Training and Motivation, Curriculum Development (Leadership and Life Skills, Employability, Entrepreneurship, Active Citizenship), Career Guidance, Mentorship, Internship and the execution of change projects in their various communities.
An initiative to bring to the limelight is iLEAD (a flagship of Citi Foundation’s “Pathways to Progress” initiative) is a multi-dimensional programme through which LEAP engages teachers, school administrators and graduates to equip underserved youth in public secondary schools with leadership and life skills, employability and entrepreneurship skills. iLEAD is implemented across public secondary schools in Lagos and Abuja. It is sponsored by Citi Foundation to prepare Nigerian youth to thrive in today’s economy. The “Pathways to Progress” initiative by Citi Foundation supports programs like iLEAD that helps young people build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, and begin to engage in the formal economy through various internship opportunities.
Dr Chizoba Imoka, Development Consultant and CEO Unveiling Africa, Mr Oluseyi Ojurongbe, Sahara Foundation and Mrs Bolanle Olumekor, Knowledge Management Specialist, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).
The recommendations from the meeting are set to drive activities of localizing the SDGs realistically and contribute significantly towards the implementation of ESD in Nigeria’s education.
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