A non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Secure-D-Future International Initiative, has called on the Federal Government to invest more in education to help secure the children’s future in the county.
Mrs Sa’adatu Adamu, the initiative’s founder, made the call on Thursday, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to commemorate the 2021 Children’s Day celebration at the Abuja School for the Blind.
Adamu urged stakeholders to join the over one billion voices around the world to call on the government to improve the quality of education and make it accessible to everyone.
“There is the need for the Federal and State governments to begin massive deployment of innovations and technology infrastructure in education delivery system in the country.
“Teachers must also be trained on how to use technology, which is cost efficient in the delivery of instruction to students wherever they are, either at school or home.
“The education system has no adequate provisions for the use of technology and other innovations to keep students learning during emergencies and prevent academic activities from coming to a standstill,’’ she said.
According to her, the clarion call was in line with the global campaign proposed for government among other things, increase and improve domestic financing for education in the country.
Adamu also called on the government to implement the Child Rights Act to help protect children and have access to quality and affordable education in the country.
“The Child Rights Act will improve the vulnerability of children in the country and assist their care givers to encourage people willing to assist them.
“Besides, when one girl-child is educated, a whole community is strengthened because educated girls delay marriage, have fewer children, earn a higher income and contribute to the community.
“We are calling on the government and other stakeholders to implement laws that would protect the less privileged and vulnerable children in the country,” she said.
Besides, Adamu said that the organisation is comprised of skilled and experienced professionals in counselling, psychotherapist, behavioural modification and social re-integration.
She noted that setting up policies and strategies that were inclusive, accessible and affordable for women and children in the country would encourage capacity building across sectors.
The founder said that there was need for civil society organisations, including those working with children and women organisations, to participate in gender assessments to include their needs across sectors.
NAN also reports that the Children’s Day Celebration also featured donation of school sandals, educational materials, gifts, food items, music, dancing competition among others. (NAN)