In order to position students at the center of his country’s attempts to improve education, President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the international community for cooperative partnerships that create a framework of concepts. No nation can advance past the limits of its educational system, in his opinion.
Due to Mr. Buhari‘s failure to accede to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), many of the nation’s universities have been closed for longer than six months.
At the Transforming Education Summit (Leaders Roundtable), which was held in conjunction with the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, the Nigerian president made the demand on Monday.
“In transforming education, we must not erect borders. Where they exist, we must bring them down, as we have much to learn from each other. As we are aware, improving equitable and inclusive access to quality educational opportunities is germane to ensuring the full development of our societies,” said the Nigerian leader. “No country can develop beyond the capacity of its educational system.”
The president called for more discussion on efforts to expand innovations and research on teacher education and the professional development of teachers, saying it would be difficult to have a meaningful conversation about changing the country’s educational systems without also changing the teaching profession.
“The process of building a sustainable teacher supply chain to address the challenges of teacher shortages is important and calls for global action,” he stated. “Nigeria also wishes to reiterate the need for all member states and stakeholders to address the systemic and structural issues that hamper access to quality education. It is only when we do this that we can create a world truly fit for all, and where no one is left behind.”
He asserts that utilizing information technology as a teaching tool has the potential to revolutionize, erase the boundaries of learning, and completely restructure how learning takes place both within and outside of the classroom.
In addition to creating a knowledge ecosystem and a genuinely resilient society, Mr. Buhari expressed optimism that closing the digital divide will present Nigeria with chances to expand learning and improve the educational system.
“Nigeria is restoring trust with its people in order to provide safe learning environment and responsive services. That was why we were among the first to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) while developing a national policy on school safety and security,” Buhari told the UN gathering.