By Elizabeth Uwandu & Oghenefego Obaebor
Worried that the Nigerian education sector needed urgent reforms to align with best global practice, Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, convener, Total School Support Seminar/Exhibition, TOSSE at its 10th anniversary held at Ten Degrees Events Centre, Ikeja said collaboration of key stakeholders would bring the desired change.
At the event tagged: Celebrating 10 years of driving innovation in education, had the presence of Prof. Taiwo Osipitan, SAN, as chairman of the occasion; Ms Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, Finland’s Ambassador to Nigeria; Dr Idiat Adebule, Deputy Governor and Lagos State Education Commissioner, represented by Mrs Ronke Soyombo, Director-General, Quality Assurance, Lagos State; Mr. Tijani Ahmed, Nassawara State Commissioner of Education and Dr Femi Ogunsanya, chairperson, ASPEN.
Also in attendance were over one hundred organisations and schools, 10 participating countries and participants from across Nigeria. Mrs. Ogunde said that the Nigerian child, irrespective of background or status, deserved the best, hence the need to build an education system that everyone would be proud of.
According to TOSSE founder, “Our Vision for TOSSE remains as clear as ever: bringing strategic stakeholders in the education sector together to learn, network and do business. “Dear educators, parents and organisations, if we are going to truly reform education in Nigeria, the place of collaboration must be recognised and shared.
This is why this year; our theme is hinged on building strategic partnerships for growth. A three-fold cord is not easily broken; we can be that threshold cord that come together and work together to build an education system we can be proud of and happy to bequeath to the Nigerian child,” remarked the educational advocate.
On their part, Prof. Osipitan said that education which remained the key to positive change in Nigeria, needed trained personnel to occupy key positions; while Mrs. Soyombo of Quality Assurance added that change in Nigeria can only come if we got things right in education.