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ICT- FG set to provide enabling environment for inclusive education

Bukola Afeni
The Federal Government said it will ensure an enabling environment for the provision of Information and Communication driven society to ensure learning and Teaching is made easy for all Nigerians.
The  Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Andrew David Adejo hinted this during the  National Policy on Inclusive Education Review Committee Inauguration in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Deputy Director of ICT in the ministry, Mr Gbenga Oderemi, said  the federal government is  leveraging on ICT to improve the quality and efficiency of education at all levels.
According to Gbenga” technology has become the driver of competitiveness in our world today, and it has redefined productivity and changed the dynamics of production and services.
 ICT has expanded social networking beyond borders, and affected virtually every sector of the world economy. We need to equip our youths with relevant IT skills and empower them for self reliance and economic growth.
” We must utilise  ICT to improve the life of citizens  for social transformation. We are also providing greater access for the learners in basic and senior secondary schools. Some of our initiatives include development of a National ICT in Education policy training of teachers on basic ICT skills, and the provision of an e learning portal for students across the country”  he said.
He further highlighted that education is not only about being proactive in identifying challenges but also it is about subdueing  those challenges and achieve expected result.
He indicated that those challenges are what to be removed with effective strategies and action by relevant stakeholders so as to create an enabling environment for all citizens.
Gbenga recalled that in 2017, the government approved the National policy on inclusive education as a means of holistic ways with a unified system and in congnizance of formal, non-formal, segregated and mainstream education.
 However, few years later, the document was found to be deficient in some areas of implementation, hence, the need for this review, so as  to handle the upcoming challenges and gaps, and this would ensure that global best practices is adopted in the country to improve lives of learners with disability.
The P.S rep  urged the reviewed committee members to put in their best towards coming out with a document that would be enduring, and would also be used as reference point by other countries.
He indentified key areas to focus on by committee members to study the existing national policy on Inclusive Education, identify the emerging issues and gap to covered by existing policy, developed a draft review, subject the revised draft to stakeholders consultation process, made and present the final document to the FEC for approval and then another incidents to made an appropriate national policy on inclusive education .
The Permanent Secretary appreciated everyone present , and pledged his confidence in the calibres of committee members and indicated that they would do justice to the work while meeting deadline.

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