Executive Secretary, The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre, Modupe Olateju, has charged members of School Based Management Committee to build students who will be competent both in character and learning.
Olateju gave the charge while giving an opening remark at the sensitization training workshop for members of the School Based Management Committee from all the twenty Local Government Areas in Lagos State which was organized by Human Development Initiatives (HDI) in partnership with Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB).
The training is to equip and enhance school monitors who will be sent to various primary schools in the state to identify areas where the schools are lacking infrastructures and call the attention of the State Universal Basic Board, also, the monitors are inspect and investigate ongoing UBE projects in the schools and make sure the projects are executed.
Olateju stressed that her organization is partnering with the Lagos State government to complement what the government is doing in the education sector. She reiterated that “participants at the training should be among those that will build students in the society who will be educated, competent both in character and in learning.”
During the training, Mrs. Olufunso Owasanoye the Executive Director of Human Development Initiatives urged participants to identify the needs assessment for their schools as being one of the objectives of Sustainable Development Goals and make sure that the needs are being implemented.
She buttressed that monitors should be able to identify factors in their community and to bring development into the communities. She warned participants not to impose themselves on the school authorities but be observant and call the attention of the authorities where necessary and urging them to be responsible, accountable and transparent in whatever activities they tasks they will undertake.
Mr. Olatunji Anthonio Adefuye, former Board Secretary / Director Social Mobilization, LSUBEB alerted that one of the reasons for increase in crime in the society is the lack of attention to the education sector by the government. He noted that this has “resulted to dilapidated educational infrastructure”
Adefuye called on government to implement the requirement by UNESCO by dedicating 28 per cent of its budgetary allocation to education adding that students population in the classroom be reduced from 90 to 35.
The participants were introduced to the School Development Plan (SDP) a strategic plan created to implement whatever projects they might have identified in the schools.