By Tare Youdeowei

The Association of Private Educators in Nigeria, APEN, has advocated accelerated development and growth for the education sector.

Vestiges of poverty, feeding from the waste dump
Vestiges of poverty, feeding from the waste dump

Speaking at the 6th annual conference of the association, chairman of APEN, Dr. Olufemi Ogunsanya, said there was a need for a rethink and change of perspectives to engender growth and development in the education sector.

She said “there is the need for a shift in our perspectives and practices in developing and educating our students. The need to appreciate the strategic roles of the educational system in shaping and inculcating the values we hold dear and are ethical standards we subscribe to.

“Our students are going to graduate from our education system into a different world that is going to be characterized by immense technological advancements, resulting in a high degree of change in the way we live, work and interact with one another. This change will not be comfortable.”

According to her, there is the imperative to appreciate strategic role of educational system in shaping the thought pattern of the students and as a result, educators should collaboratively strengthen the holistic development of students in and out of the classroom.

“As educators, we need to collaboratively rethink, seek and develop ways to strengthen the holistic development of our students. It is essential that educators prepare for the transformations needed and keep identifying effective ways for change beyond the limitations that exist in their immediate environments.

The British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr.    Ray Kyles, who was represented by Mrs Allesandra Lustrati of DFID    said there was need to engage in dialogue and also invest more resources in the nation’s education sector.

According to him, “this enables us share resources with our executives, affordable, appropriate education is key to global development. According to him, the British government is keen on investing in education in Nigeria ad as well improve skills in the education sector. The DFID Director stated that despite the infrastructure in Lagos, private schools are performing much better than government schools. Government alone cannot cope with the students especially in Lagos stated that DFID supports education in Nigeria and values the partnership it has with the government.

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Olabisi Ariyo lauded APEN for showing commitment to quality educational development in not only Lagos but also in Nigeria. She added that the collaborative and cooperative efforts of APEN with the Lagos State government have yielded positive fruits. APEN according to the deputy governor is a strong partner in the quest for quality education in Nigeria.

Filr: APEN (23—11—15)


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