Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said there must be a change in the Education sector to ensure continuity of learning.
He said this during the launch of the Nigeria Learning Platform, on Thursday in Abuja.
The Vice President, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said: “To ensure continuity of learning for all children and the resilience of education systems to future shocks, we must change and reimagine the Education sector.
“Deploying innovations that rethink the current methodologies, including new approaches to delivering education in ways that defy the digital divide and ensuring learning continuity in emergencies has become imperative.”
Osinbajo explained that there had been significant improvement in the sector but access to learning remained a big challenge.
“Over the last decade, Nigeria has made great strides in improving access to education. In the last five years, pre-primary school participation has increased from 45 per cent to 61 per cent; primary enrollment has increased by 5 million. The rate of out-of-school children has decreased by 10 per cent, from 42 per cent to 32 per cent.
“These are phenomenal achievements, but access to school does not equate to learning. Nigeria is facing a learning crisis. Millions of children and young people are not developing even the basic skills they need to break out of poverty, due to destruction to schooling and learning by incessant security, COVID-19 as well as more recent attacks.
“To ensure continuity of learning for all children and the resilience of education systems to future shocks, we must change and reimagine the Education sector.
“This launch set the foundation for creating a system of education where digital technology will be used to transform the way that learning is provided and meet the needs of every child. The NLP is an effective tool to ensure the continuity of learning through access to curriculum,” he said.