While the state of education has improved in Nigeria over the last few decades, with primary school enrolment up to 93% of the child population and the literacy rate reaching 60.1%, we need significant improvement if we are to reach Millennium Development Goal number 2: to achieve universal primary education.
We also need to ensure that we are teaching practical skills relevant in a developing economy, as well as cross-referencing with human resources organisations in the country to make sure that professional needs are being met.
The Wellbeing Foundation believes that no child should be denied the right to formal education, and that access to functional education is central to the wellbeing of individuals, as well as to economic development. Education is a key factor in poverty eradication.
We have therefore designed several programmes, some of which we initiated and some of which we collaborate with others to achieve. We seek to promote the rights of every individual, child or adult, to an education, including the rights of those with visual, auditory, developmental and physical challenges.
We also campaign for:
• Basic education for all
• Enrolment, retention and completion of education, especially for female children
• Universal education for people with special needs
Future plans include formal and vocational skills acquisition centre at WellBeing Resource Access Units and Flagship Service Centre.
The Foundation has also begun collecting data for a major capacity building programme in selected educational institutions throughout Kwara State, in conjunction with our project partners, Village Earth, and Cosmopolitan Allied Health Institute (CAHI).