Pay more attention to children’s education needs, HDI urges Lagos govt
By Ebele Orakpo
To ensure inclusive, quality and free education for all in
Lagos State, a non-governmental organisation, Human
Development Initiatives, HDI, in partnership with Action Aid
Nigeria, has called on the Lagos State Government to pay
more attention to the education needs of children,
particularly girls and disabled groups.
HDI made this known Wednesday during an advocacy and
awareness walk to the Lagos State House of Assembly,
The rally, which kicked off from Allen Avenue Roundabout,
was part of its activities to mark the 2019 Global Action
Week for Education with the theme: Making the Right to an
Inclusive, Equitable, Quality and Free Education a Reality.
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Speaking during the walk, Coordinator of Lagos Global Week
for Education, Samuel Ajayi, reiterated the need to make
school infrastructure user-friendly for everyone, especially
persons with disability.
He called on the Lagos State Government to increase
budgetary allocation and expenditure on education as well
as make policies on public education more sensitive to the
rights of children and other marginalised groups.
On his part, the chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of
Persons with Disability, Danlami Basharu, lamented the lack
of access to education among disabled persons.
Basharu, who is also the Director of the Anglo-Nigerian
Welfare Association for the Blind, said facilities for the
education of disabled persons are not available and that
teachers are not properly trained.
He said: “They should be provided the same inclusive,
quality education like that of all other children in the same
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“It is not enough to have children with disability in a
classroom with children without disability without providing
them with the necessary wherewithal for their education.”
In his address, Chairman of the Lagos State House of
Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi,
acknowledged the necessity for quality education in the
Ogunyemi, who observed that although the state budget for
education was not yet “there”, added that “it has always
been very reasonable.
“It is not just for us to appropriate the funds, it is
necessary we ensure judicious utilisation of those funds in
order to ensure we give quality education to our children.
“We must look at every challenge that confronts the
education sector. How many of our children are out of
school? How are we sure we are giving the same quality of
education to every child in the state; whether such a child
is in Somolu, Ibeju-Lekki, or the extreme end of Badagry?
“How do we ensure he or she enjoys the same level of
education with those in high-brow areas? These are some
of our concerns,” he added.