Meeting MDG and Education For All Goals:The Journey So Far
By Franca Uzoma-Olua
Back in the year 2000, Nigeria joined other countries as signatory to achieving the six Dakar Education For All goals.
The six goals focus on expanding and improving comprehensive childhood education to ensure that all children especially girls, have access to complete free and compulsory primary education.
To achieve these goals, Nigeria launched the Universal Basic Education Scheme with other structures for the provision of formal basic education from pre-primary, primary to junior secondary school. Nomadic education for school age children of pastoral nomads and migrant fishermen, literacy and non formal education for children, youths and adults were not left out.
The production of the comprehensive national EFA (Education For All) report tagged , ‘Strides and Milestones 2000-2014’, is part of effort to review progress made so far in the six EFA goals
Also with less than 150 days to the 2015 deadline for the Milenium Development Goals, Nigeria like other countries, is taking steps to review MDG’s achievments in the education sector, issues and the gaps.
Meanwhile, there have concerns on Nigeria’s ability to achieve the internationally agreed goals of 2015 given the high number of out of school children made worse by insurgency in the North East.
Despite these distractions, Education stakeholders are optimistic that some of the goals will be achieved in the nearest future.