HDI applauds Lagos for increasing education funds — Nairalovers

By Daniel Adeleye

 

 

A non-profit organisation, Human Development Initiatives(HDI), has commended the Lagos State Government for progressively increasing its funding for education.

The Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Olufunso Owasanoye, gave the commendation in a statement in Lagos to mark activities for the Global Action Week for Education (GAWE).

Speaking on the theme of the 2021 GAWE, ‘Improved Education Financing’, Owasanoye noted that the theme was apt and a call to action for Nigeria.

The executive director emphasised that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s THEMES’ agenda, with the cooperation of the State House of Assembly, especially in prioritizing education in the 2021 Appropriation Act, was a positive step in agreement with the theme of the 2021 GAWE.

Owasanoye opined that the increase in the allocation to education from N103.7 billion in 2020 to N146.94 billion, representing 13 per cent of the overall 2021 budget of N1.16 Trillion will do more to improve the delivery of quality and inclusive education for thousands of children in the state.

She urged the Lagos government to do more to fix the remaining gaps, some of which include inadequate public schools and infrastructure especially in hard-to-reach and emerging communities.

Owasanoye said that HDI, alongside Actionaid and Norad, its partners strongly believed that setting up a community of practice to drive and support the existing efforts towards full inclusive education practice was commendable.

Education stakeholders around the world join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) annually to mark the Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) to amplify voices for redressing the issues affecting the rights of all children to quality, equitable, free and inclusive education.

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