A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Project Hope Alive, on Friday in Abuja celebrated this year’s Day of African Child (DAC) with students and staff of Junior Secondary School (JSS), Garki- Area 1.
Speaking at the event, which featured drama presentation, debate, quiz competition, distribution of educational materials to students, among others, President of Project Hope Alive, Ambassador Chibuzo Okereke, said the group decided to commemorate the Day to further emphasise the importance of education in the total development of children.
Okereke, who said the theme of the 2017 DAC commemoration, “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030,” was apt in addressing the nation’s basic education challenges, decried the high number of out-of-school children in the country.
He said, “The current report of United Nations and UNICEF suggest that over 10 million children who are out of school are in our country, therefore, we have to do something about it.
“It is no longer time for talk or political arrangements that are often short-lived. It is time for action; like we have come here with educational materials and deliver them to the students to aid their mathematical efforts and other subjects they are doing.
“We also expect that government should organise a system that is sustainable (to support basic education). I have mentioned the Home Grown School Feeding system as something that is okay but it is going to be short-lived like we have seen in the past, because it is politically branded and not a development plan that is designed to be sustainable.”
On his part, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, commended Project Hope Alive for the great initiative in promoting education in the country.