RENAP Policy Paper Presentation And Press Briefing, SAYDi Pushes for Accountability, Urges Government Action in Rural Education Transformation

Ilorin, Kwara State — 18th, December, 2023. The Saving African Youths Dream Initiative (SAYDi), made a stride with the presentation of the Rural Education Needs Assessment Project (RENAP) policy paper. This initiative, introduced during a press briefing and launch event, marks a transformative step towards reshaping the educational landscape in Kwara North region.

Our Executive Director, AbdulKareem O. Abdullateef, emphasized the role of RENAP in revitalizing the education sector in Kwara North. The project aligns with SAYDi's vision for a society deeply rooted in education, democratic governance, gender inclusivity, and social justice.

The main aim of RENAP is to delve into the current state of education in Kwara North, with a focus on driving positive change in rural communities. The executive summary of the policy paper highlighted education's formidable role in empowerment, community development, gender equality, and societal equity while shedding light on the challenges faced by these communities.

The comprehensive study, encompassing five local government areas in the Northern Region of Kwara State, examined 48 schools across primary, secondary, and technical education levels. Insights from 157 teachers, coupled with community engagement sessions, provided a nuanced understanding of the prevalent challenges and potential opportunities.

The report unveiled critical concerns such as outdated facilities, limited access to technology, shortage of qualified teachers, and restricted higher education representation, significantly impacting the learning environment. To address these challenges, the report presented a set of recommendations, including infrastructure development, enhanced extracurricular activities, teacher training programs, and equitable benefits for educators.

Abdulkareem stressed the need for collaborative efforts among policymakers, educators, and community leaders to implement these recommendations, fostering a sustainable and future-oriented education system in rural areas. The call to action emphasized the creation of inclusive educational opportunities for every young person, irrespective of their background, contributing to the overall development and prosperity of rural communities.

We express gratitude to our partner, HEDA Resource Centre, Ministry Of Education, community members, and the research team for their support. Additionally, the initiative called upon other funding agencies to participate in similar studies, advocating for comprehensive strategies to reposition Kwara State's education system.

In line with our mission, AbdulKareem urges collective action to create an environment where every young person can unleash their potential for the greater benefit of society.

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