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Jonathan pledges support for local education

10 September 2013, 07:29Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to implementation policies that will ensure that Nigerian youth received quality education that will equip them with essential skills employers required.

Speaking after a meeting with former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, Jonathan said in addition to providing the $250 million required to match the amount raised by international donors towards giving more Nigerian youth access to basic education, the federal government would support state governments to ensure they used the funds appropriately.

"Education is critical to making our youth more employable. The Coordinating Minister of the Economy/Finance and the Minister of Education will work with the states to make sure that the programme succeeds,” Jonathan said.

Brown, who now serves as the United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education, said the UN and international donors were committed to working with the federal and state governments to expand teacher training programmes, improve girl-child education and boost the use of the tools of modern technology such as e-books and tablets in providing basic education to more Nigerian youth.

He said he had successful meetings with Ministers of Education, Finance and Foreign Affairs as well as senior government officials.

- CAJ News


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