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Learning deficit addressed with quality teacher development

09 November 2013, 06:16

Paris - The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, said Nigeria was addressing learning deficit by investing in quality teacher development and scaling up literacy through the use of appropriate technology.

Wike stated this in Paris on Friday when he addressed the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference.

He also said Nigeria had ratified all UNESCO standard setting instruments and have set up a committee for their domestication into national laws.

Wike held that in view of the numerous and critical programmes of UNESCO, "its $507 million dollars budget will certainly not meet the needs of member nations in the next fiscal year.’’

He urged UNESCO to look for alternative source of funding for its programmes.

"We commend the Director- General's financial management (skills) as well as efforts to secure considerable amounts of extra-budgetary resources for critical programmes.’’

"We must find alternative funding mechanisms to cover the shortfall’’, Wike said.

The minister listed ICT and the promotion of press freedom as other areas Nigeria implemented UNESCO's recommendations.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that heads of delegations from 195 countries attending the conference took turns to address the assembly.

The biennial event, holding from 5 to 9 November, is focusing attention on new strategies that will shape the organisation's mandate in the next eight years.


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