2022 GAW: CSACEFA Makes Case For Abia School, Teachers
By Our Reporter
In line with international best practices, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) Abia State chapter, a leading civil society organization working in education of Nigeria has demanded for immediate change of the name of the: “School of the Deaf and Mentally Retarded”, Aba to the “School of People with Special Needs”
The group made this demand in Aba, the commercial nerve center of Abia State, during the year 2022 Global Action Week (GAW) with a theme “INCLUSIVE PLANNING, SUSTAINABLE FINANCING, REALIZED RIGHTS: PROTECT EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES NOW”.
In a release signed by Mrs. Eunice Egbuna, CSACEFA South East & Abia State coordinator and made available to newsmen in Umuahia, the CSACEFA also called for proper and full implementation of the “UBEC Act”, and “Safe School Declaration” and also solicited support full domestication and implementation of the Child Rights Act.
The group which also recognized the important role played by the media, drew the attention of Abia State government to the real need to reinvigorate and sustain partnership with the media in ensuring that education issues in Nigeria and Abia state are put on the front burner.
The CSACEFA called on the government to ensure gender sensitive curricula and pedagogies, encourage hiring and training qualified teachers, particularly female ones and engender campaign ending early marriage and violence against girls and women.
According to the group, the government should make a policy for the provision of free pad and other toiletries for girls in schools, promote the provision of more vocational training centres for skills acquisition and stem the rise of Out-Of-School Children, particularly boys and improve outcomes by improving level of infrastructure, teaching and learning materials/equipments.
Passionately, the group appealed to the Abia State Government to pay teacher’s salaries and emoluments regularly, pay more attention to education sector through sustainable financing and accessing of UBEC funds and promote greater involvement of civil society organizations in monitoring of education projects in the state.
The CSACEFA further asked that the government initiate an independent platform in the state that monitors and promotes high education standards at the basic level in the private sector.