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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in FCT through Mass Education

2nd Sep, 2019 | By Stella Ojeme | ||

The free online dictionary, Wikipedia, describes education as the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habit. With the exception of highly developed countries, not everyone elsewhere across the globe has access to formal education, despite huge investments by governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and corporate bodies.

The case is not totally dissimilar in Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The FCT Administration (FCTA) is making determined efforts to stamp out illiteracy in its entirety and one of the enduring steps the FCTA took to enthrone literacy, numeracy and acquisition of requisite skills for self actualization is the creation of a Department of Mass Education. Formerly known as Agency for Mass Education, the Department was established in 1991 by FCT Regulation No. 1 with a mandate to provide alternative educational opportunities for FCT residents through functional mass literacy and remedial education for all those outside the formal school system.

The nascent Department is also saddled with the responsibility of accrediting and supervising all privately-owned adult advancement classes such as computer training centres, catering institutes, driving schools, commercial schools and other centres of learning that are responsible for developing the capacity of the unskilled in FCT. Seeking to fulfill the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals objective, authorities of FCTA tasked the Department to wipe out illiteracy in FCT, knowing full well that a society free of illiteracy will no doubt be free of poverty, hunger, disease and other forms of menace.

There are presently 481 learning and skill acquisition centres spread across all the six Area Councils of FCT. From 2015 to date, FCTA has made no less than 30, 000 persons literate with the preponderance of them being female, who number a total of 22, 903. Keen watchers of events in FCT say this is a laudable feat. Also, for the 2018/2019 academic session, a total number of 14, 066 learners were enrolled.

Partnering with Industrial Training Fund (ITF), about 95 learners were empowered in dress making and 73 in catering and events management. FCTA's Women Education Programme received a boost with the procurement of 35 sophisticated cooking materials such as industrial gas cookers, standing cookers and table top cookers. Authorities of FCTA have re-energized mass education by appointing a seasoned and erudite educationist renowned for championing girlchild education, to lead the assignment against illiteracy, from the frontline.

A lot is still expected to be accomplished in mass education in FCT and the optimism is that with the return of FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, and the resumption of duty of Minister of State, Hajia (Dr.) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu to give the sector the necessary push, the sky will be the limit. Nonetheless, it is worthy of note that the task of stamping out illiteracy in FCT is the duty of everyone. Government alone cannot do it.

Corporate bodies, public spirited citizens, NGOs, members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), traders' groups, indeed everyone, has a role to play and a stake in the impending success. Together we shall have a society free of illiterates

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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