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 ne of children, particularly girls and disabled groups.
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He called on Lagos State Govt. to increase budgetary allocation and expenditure on education and make policies on public education more sensitive to the rights of children and other marginalised groups.
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 teachers are not properly trained, adding: “They should be provided the same inclusive, quality education like other children in the same environment. It’s not enough to put children with disability and those without disability in a classroom without providing them with the necessary wherewithal for their education.”
Speaking, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, acknowledged the necessity for quality education in the state. He observed that although the state budget for education was not yet “there”, added that “it has always been very reasonable.
“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?