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Coalition Advocates Inclusion of Climate Education in School Curriculum

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A coalition of NGO has called for the inclusion of climate education in the Nigerian academic curriculum as major tool in curbing global environmental threats.

The group made the call during a press briefing organised by the Dean Initiative and World’s Largest Lessons, on Wednesday in Abuja.

The event is part of the group’s programmes leading to the Convention of Parties (COP 26) scheduled to hold in Germany by November.

Mr Michael Semiye, Country Director, World’s Largest Lessons, Nigeria, described education as the greatest tool for effecting change in the world, hence the need to use it maximally for the benefit of the younger generation.

“There’s no greater tool to change the world than education, students must be made to understand that Climate change is not just a threat, but is a reality.

“Resulting in social, economic and environmental instability in a country that is already vulnerable.

“Our contextualised resources for the classroom include all these issues and possible solutions, so that future generations in Nigeria can be Climate champions,” he said.

Semiye who commended the Nigerian government on efforts taken so far on climate education, said more needed to be done.

“While we commend the Nigerian government for efforts taken so far to address the climate change crisis through the revised NDC and the youth climate innovation hub.

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“However, climate education is a gap we need to unite and fill. Education globally has been identified as a catalyst for actionable result-oriented change and national development.

”So, how well has Nigeria explored education as a tool to address these climate challenges? ” he asked.

Semiye stated the following as part of their prayers to the Nigerian Government hoping that if used; would herald the change that the world anticipates.

“The Ministries of Education and Environment, work together to begin the formal process of including climate education in the national school curriculum.

” Environmental/Green clubs should be allowed to function across schools, which will be duly regularised.

“The creation and availability of climate-based extracurricular activities to equip students with knowledge on nature, biodiversity, climate change, and environmental stewardship.

” The inclusion of environmental and climate-based literature within the approved reading for students across schools in Nigeria.

” That the 13th of October every year be adopted as the National Action Day for Climate Education; a day marked across all schools in Nigeria with activities to promote environmental and climate learning,” he stated.

The“Worlds Largest Lesson” promotes the use of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in children’s learning so as to contribute to a better future for all through citizenship, justice, climate change and environment.(NAN)

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SUBEB: Oyo Govt Promotes 16,500 Primary School Teachers

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The Oyo State Government has promoted 16,500 public primary school teachers that were successful in their recent promotion examinations. Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), supervised the symbolic presentation to two teachers from each of the 33 local government areas of the state on Wednesdayin Ibadan.

The promotion covered 2017 to 2020  which made some of the teachers got two promotions.Adeniran charged the promoted teachers to double their efforts and put in their best “to ensure that teaching of pupils is taken with full seriousness and commitment.
“In such a manner that we see the impact on the learning outcome of the pupils they are teaching.“To whom much is given, much is desired; so we expect more commitment on the part of our teachers, we want them to be more punctual.“We want a situation whereby pupils turning out from public schools in the state will be able to compete with their colleagues in any part of the world.“In addition, we want the teachers to support Gov. Makinde’s administration to do what it has been voted into office to do in terms of bringing dividends of democracy to the people”.The Oyo SUBEB boss assured the teachers that government would pay the promotion arrears.“I want to believe that before arrangement for the promotion exercise was made, the governor had already factored the issue of arrears into the finances of the state,” he said.Adeniran also disclosed that the process for the recruitment of more primary school teachers was already on, saying it will come into limelight very soon.He recalled that the state government had completed the recruitment and enlistment of teachers into the public secondary schools sub-sector.He said the public primary schools sub-sector, which also has shortage of teachers, would eventually get approval from the governor to go ahead with the recruitment.In his welcome address, the Oyo SUBEB Executive Secretary, Mr Joel Olusanjo, charged the promoted teachers to reciprocate the gesture and redouble their efforts in carrying out their duties.“As you collect your promotion letters here today, go back to your respective schools and redouble your efforts in teaching activities,” he said.In their separate respinses, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Mr Adedoyin Adeniyi, and his counterpart at the Association of Primary School Heads, Mr Kunle Adedeji, appreciated Makinde for his concern towards the welfare of primary school teachers.The duo charged their colleagues to put in their best in enhancing the efforts of the state government in providing qualitative education to primary school pupils.A cross section of the promoted teachers also commended the administration of Makinde for being sensitive to their plight.Mr Ojo Arimiyau from Saki West LGA; Mrs Rachael Oladokun from Atisbo LGA; Mr Akeem Gbadamosi from Ona-Ara LGA, and Mrs Abiola Olajide from Afijio LGA pledged to be more committed to their work and perform optimally. (NAN)

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Yobe Approves 65 Years Retirement Age for Teachers

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has approved the revised retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years.

This is contained in a statement signed by the state’s Head of Service (HoS), Alhaji Muhammad Nura, in Damaturu on Tuesday.

Nura said the civil service years had also been reviewed from 35 to 40 years.

“This gesture is limited to education officers/teaching staff only, and it is with immediate effect,” Nura said.

The HoS, however, said the revised retirement age and years of service were not automatic as officers would be required to demonstrate fitness after medical examination.

“Those found to be unfit will be advised to retire accordingly,” he said.

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Zamfara Flags-off Back-to-School Campaign

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The Zamfara State government, in collaboration with Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and UNICEF, flagged off a Back-to-School and school safety campaign in Gusau yesterday.

The campaign brings to an end the closure of schools in the state because of insecurity and the outbreak of COVID-19.

The campaign flag-off was organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and UNICEF Nigeria.

GPE and UNICEF are supporting Gender Responsive and Inclusive Enrolment Drive for Back-to-School campaign and Safe School Re-opening in Maradun and Kaura-Namoda Local Government Areas of the state.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji Kabiru Sani, flagged off the campaign on behalf of Gov. Bello Matawalle.

He said the closure of schools was one of the major setbacks to educational programmes in the state.

He said the outbreak of COVID-19 and insecurity disturbed the political, social, economic, religious and financial structures of the state.

“We are all aware of the negative effects that COVID-19 has caused to the education of our children in Zamfara.

“It is in the light of this that we are gathered here today to appreciate the GPE, the Federal Ministry of Education and UNICEF for bringing this laudable intervention to Zamfara.

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“It is disturbing, however, that after the COVID-19 lockdown had ended and insecurity issues had abated, children were still not attending school,” Sani said.

UNICEF consultant, Dr Ahmad Hashim, described the flag-off as timely, adding that UNICEF had been supporting Zamfara over the years, especially in the area of girl child education.

“We have been providing financial and technical support to the state; we trained more than 10,000 teachers.

“Millions of naira had been spent by UNICEF as cash transfer to vulnerable children in the state aimed at reducing number of out-of-school children.

“Before our intervention, Zamfara had more than 500,000 out-of-school children, but with government’s efforts and support from partners such as UNICEF, the number has reduced to 300,000,” Hashim said.

He commended Gov. Matawalle for providing counterpart funding to UNICEF.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various speakers at the event expressed the need for government and all stakeholders to initiate measures to ensure safe return of students to school in the state. (NAN)

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