New Nigeria Foundation (NNF), a non-governmental organisation that promotes sustainable community development initiatives through public private partnerships, has reiterated its commitment to support calls to enhance the quality of secondary school education in Nigeria.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Prof Obafemi Ajibola made this known at the celebration of the 15th anniversary of NNF, which took place in Lagos recently.
He explained that NNF since its inception has continued to work hard to justify the vision of its founders by implementing social sector development activities that reduce poverty and enhance economic growth through the facilitation of partnerships between public and private sector organisations.
Ajibola said that the management of the foundation focused on education as a key area of concern in the celebration of its anniversary partly because of observable steady decline in the performance of students in national examinations in the last 10 years.
“We must find a solution to this problem and we must prepare our young people in such a way that they will be able to deliver the Nigeria of our dreams,” he said.
As part of NNF’s contribution to enhancing secondary school education, the Foundation hosted a symposium with the theme “Making Secondary School Education Relevant for the 21st Century Student.” The event featured a keynote address by renowned educationist, Prof Abiola Lanre Awosika and a panel of discussants that comprised leading lights in education management, notably Prof Francis Adesina; Dr. Muyiwa Bamgbose; Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo and Ms. Igho Pearl Ugbogbor. The symposium was moderated by Dr. Tunji Abimbola.
The panel discussed the role of critical stakeholders in making secondary school education effective; integrating technology in the secondary education sector – barriers, opportunities and strategies; The place of private sector investment in advancing secondary school education towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) and mainstreaming entrepreneurial training in secondary education.