ILORIN, 26TH APRIL 2021
Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) Kwara Celebrates 2021 Global Action Week For Education (GAWE)
Theme: ‘Education financing, in-line with the policy framing of the One Billion Voices campaign’
Globally, some 124 million children are out of school and 250 million are not learning basic skills because of poor quality education. The COVID 19 pandemic made the matter worse by stopping or interrupting about 1.5 billion learners from accessing education. This harmful effect of the pandemic on the education of children is not evenly distributed as the poorest countries and the poorest persons within these countries are worst hit
Right from 2000 when the world adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) till 2015 when the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were proclaimed, ‘access to quality education by all’ has always being highly prioritized. Though there are other International Days set aside to promote education and education related causes, the GAWE is however special because it is celebrated for a whole week.
The GAWE has been yearly celebrated since 2003 to ensure that the world achieve the SDG4- “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. This year’s GAWE themed, ‘Education financing, in-line with the policy framing of the One Billion Voices campaign’ will be celebrated from 26th to 30th of April, 2021.
CSACEFA Kwara therefore, in line with the ‘One Billion Voices campaign’ of the Global Campaign for Education has earmarked series of activities for the week.
These activities include lobbying the Executive Governor of Kwara state to increase financing for education, improve its quality and make it accessible to all (including People Living With Disabilities and rural dwellers); paying advocacy visits to relevant education stakeholders including Kwara State House of Assembly, SUBEB, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Religious Associations- CAN and JNI and Kwara Artisan Congress; delivering programmes on Radio and TV; and staging rally/road show.
We therefore call on all Education Stakeholders and all Kwarans to rise up this week and join other 1 Billion Voices around the world to call on our Government to increase finance for education, improve its quality and make it accessible to everyone. This clarion call in line with the global campaign proposed for Government to:
- Increase and improve domestic financing for education
- Ensure education systems promote equity, equality and focus on the most marginalised learners. No one must be left behind.
- Provide free quality education for all and end the trend towards the privatization and commercialization of education. This calls for abolition of the PTA levies as well.
- Improve the quality of teaching through adequate recruitment, remuneration and continued teacher’s training.
- Listen and respond to the voices of those affected. Space must be allowed for individuals and civil society to speak up.
Thank you as you add your voice to this Campaign!
Abdurrahman Akindele Ayuba
Coordinator, CSACEFA Kwara
Girls Champions and Advocates Recruitment.
Are you passionate about the education of the Girl Child?
Do you think you have all it takes to engage the public on Girls education issues?
Are you willing to champion the course of girls and end violence against women and Girls?
Do you believe in the girl Child Education?
If yes to the questions above, then you are a “Girl Champion” the girls needs you Join us;
- To help amplify their voices to be heard, to end violence against Girls and Children,
- To ensure compulsory 12 years learning for girls,
- Advocate for the implementation of Girls Education policies,
- To hold government to account for Girl Child and Boy Child compulsory education,
- To educate parents and caregivers on how to support Girls and boys continued learning amidst crisis situation.
The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) is establishing an Accountability Mechanism for duty bearers and citizen’s feedback on girls’ education and other related issues hindering girls continued learning. We invite you to join our campaign platform as a “Girl Advocate”
The GIRL ADVOCATE is a pool of innovative, vibrant women and men who are passionate and supporting girls’ voices, standing for girls’ education, end violence against women and children and have the reach for community engagement, stakeholders’ mobilization, capacity and advocacy skills, and a good reach of online audience and engagement.
The advocate is able to constructively use the all communication networks and media channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and other to engage with relevant stakeholders in discussing girls’ issues, and calling on stakeholders to act.
Education has always taken the center stage in the discussions and development of Nigeria policies. The constitution of Nigeria provided that it is the responsibility of the government at all levels to see to compulsory free quality and inclusive education for the Nigerian Child. in 2004, the Universal Basic Education Commission was founded through an act of the National Assembly, the Act states that Nigeria child shall enjoy compulsory 9 years, free quality and inclusive education. The child right Act of 2003 was put in place to protect also the right of the child against discrimination and marginalization. Going forward, Nigeria government in 2006, through the ministry of education made policy on gender education.
These policies and laws notwithstanding, enrollment, transition, retention and completion has always been a challenge. The National Personnel Audit conducted by the Universal Basic Education Commission indicated that there is still about 13.2million children, with girls making up 60% of that population who are not accessing basic and Lower Secondary Education in Nigeria. The report states that there is gender parity of 0.99% of enrollment (boys’ 51% enrolment and girls 48% enrollment). This increasing drop out has been attributed to the low value of education by parents, Non Implementation of government policies protecting the rights of the child, Poverty associated with family income, cultural practices promoting violence against the girls child, male child education preference over the girl child, dearth of infrastructure in schools (wash facilities, Classrooms etc.), inadequate teachers and materials for learning.
The increasing drops-out-of-school is further compounded by the Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic which took its toll on the world, Nigeria inclusive. The outbreak of the virus in the first quarter of 2020, has forced several children out of school. It is estimated that about 23 million children are now out of school and not learning. The Malala funds estimates that 10million girls may never return back to school, if steps and decisive measures are not put in place.
In response to the challenges, the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA), with Support from our partners, is recruiting an online pool of Girls Champions and launching an online campaign to amplify the voices of Girls in accessing and continued learning amidst the covid-19 pandemic.
- Increased awareness and support for 12 years’ continuous girls’ education in Nigeria,
- Improved gender responsive and girl’s education plans and policies at the states level where girl child education and literacy level is low.
- Increased Girls access to continuous learning, transition and completion of 12years education during and after crisis and
- Strengthened monitoring of education policies, projects and programs in the delivery of girls’ education
This campaign is based on the following objective.
- To promote the right of the girl child for continued access to learning amidst pandemic
- To Amplify the voices of girls and the marginalized group through, advocacies, campaigns and Community Mobilization.
To achieve this, the online champions will be focused on using the internet, websites and the Social Media to engage Duty bearers and caregivers;
- Project and bring to the lime light issues confronting girls access to continued learning amidst crisis
- Project Statistic on the Number of out school children according to states and make comparism on Gender parity
- Engage on online training as may be conducted for online and physical champions in their states of residence.
- Create online campaign Cohorts and drive followers to further promote their thought and discussions online.
- Engage in commemoration of International and National events that promotes the rights of the marginalized and vulnerable groups (Girls, Persons with Disability, etc)
- Report on the status of girls education; enrollment, retention, transition and completion
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