June 18th 2013 CSACEFA demand for qualified teachers towards the achievement of EFA in Nigeria
National News from Nigeria by Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA)
As the demand for teachers continue to rise on the post 2015 education agenda, emphasize is been placed on the quality of teachers across the globe and its effects on the learning outcome of pupils. Quantifying the future need for more teachers is a first step towards informed planning and policy making in the education sector. The need for quality teachers in the education system today cannot be over emphasized considering the recent decay in student performance. In Nigeria, analysis has show that the poor performance of student at different levels of education could be attribute to the quality of teachers we have in our school system today. At the basic education level, the learning outcomes of students is on the decrease as students cannot read or write or solve simple arithmetic as expected at a given level.
CSACEFA believes that every child has the right to a quality education, and no child has a chance of realizing that right without an quality teacher. In realizing quality education for every child, Nigeria needs over 39,000 teachers annually to meet the MDG target (UBEC Report).
In commemorating the 2013 Global Action Week (GAW), the Civil Society Action Coalition on education for All (CSACEFA) organized several activities to mark the GAW theme " Every Child needs a Teacher". Activities were conducted in 3 states namely Kwara, Bauchi and Sokoto and at the national level Abuja. Activities carried out were media engagement, social media, stakeholders briefing, visits to schools, production of documentary and interview of key policy makers.
At the National level, to kick start the GAW, CSACEFA used the GPE meeting platform held in April 2013 to sensitize and advocate for need for teachers' development to be given priority in the development of education sector plans. The meeting was attended by various donor bodies, IDPs, key government officials from the national education agencies (Federal Ministry of Education (FME) and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and state commissioners of education, Directors of agencies from five GPE intervention states namely Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto.
On the 24th of April 2013, a press briefing attended by CSOs and media was aired by two national audio visual media houses - Nigeria Television Authority(NTA) and Africa Independent Television (AIT) which reached over 50 million audience within and outside the country. CSOs demand on teachers quality and quantity were also published on several national dailies ( Leadership, Daily trust, Guardian newspaper) etc.
In Kwara state with the support of VSO and ESSPIN, several activities were conducted during the week of action. some of the activities carried out are as follows; production and dissemination of a Youtube video "Every Child Needs a Teacher" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MOwr42NCk (which has been viewed 108 time on-line and watched by an audience of 300 people during the GAW), the report which was based on research CSACEFA Kwara undertook across the state, 4 radio shows were broadcast throughout April which dealt with the theme of Every Child Needs a Teacher. Approximately 300 people at the stakeholder meeting including Ministry of Education (MoE) Directors, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), LGA officials, teachers, 100 children marched in the street walk to SUBEB, MoE, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Churches and mosques delivered sermons on the theme.
Key policy makers were interviewed to share their progress in education development in regards to teachers in Bauchi state. During the interview, the Chairman State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Alhaji Abdullahi Dabo when asked on the efforts of the state on teacher quality, he said that the present administration is screening teachers recruitment. This is based on findings of research carried out by Northern Education Initiative (NEI) called EGRA/ EGMA where the findings shows that the student learning outcomes were poor especially in English and Mathematics. He said that the state is making efforts towards ensuring that pupils have well trained qualified teachers and structures are put in place to ensure effective monitoring and delivery of quality basic education in the state. Others interviewed by Bauchi state television (BATV) on teachers quality were the Commissioner of Education Alhaji Mohammed Aminu and CSOs. A field visit to Kanzil Aitam Primary school in Dass LGA was conducted during the celebration.
In Sokoto states Global action week celebration for 2013 kick started with an interactive session with pupils and education stakeholders at Ali Fodio model primary school in Bodinga LGA Sokoto state with over one thousand pupils and some key Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) staff and School Based Management Committee (SBMCs) member of the school were in attendance. The Duty Education Secretary (DES) representing the Education Secretary (ES Bodinga LGEA) in his submission assure the LGEA teachers that in two weeks, State government will increase teachers salary package he said every plans have been put in place to improve teachers welfare in the state. He also said that additional teachers will be recruited by state government to reduce the rate of Pupil Teacher ratio in the state and to promote learning, the LGA Chairman has produce some exercise books which will be distributed to schools.
Also, CSACEFA members and the Sokoto state partners- State Universal Basic Education Board and Ministry of Education(SUBEB and MoE) were involved in a 1 hour live panel discussion program conducted on Rima Television Sokoto. The issues discussed during the live broadcast program were centred around Teacher Quality, Teacher Pupil Ratio (TPR), Learning outcomes, education planning and management and community participation to education delivery. Rima televisions have a wide range of coverage’s in Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi State. It is worthy to note that the issues discussed on Rima television was the outcome of the interactive session with the children in Ali Fodio model primary school Bodinga LGA.
In conclusion we appreciate the efforts of staff, members and key partners that supported the celebration of GAW at the various states. Kwara state was supported by ESSPIN and VSO, Sokoto and Bauchi State were supported by USAID NEI project.