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Kwara governor tasks firms to address challenges in Africa’s education ecosystem

Kwara governor tasks firms to address challenges in Africa’s education ecosystem

…describes KwaraLEARN as a solution blueprint

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the executive governor of Kwara State has tasked multi-lateral organisations to look at track records and work towards building on existing success to address the challenge of education in Africa.

AbdulRazaq made the call while speaking during an event co-hosted by Devex and NewGlobe on the occasion of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, titled; “Transforming Education”, to explore initiatives designed to improve the quality and learning outcomes of education in low- and middle-income countries.

He said, “Education is the urgency of now”, and to localise solutions, multi-lateral organisations should look at track records and work towards building on existing success to address the challenge of education in Africa.”

AbdulRazaq’s KwaraLEARN is one such initiative that the governor discussed on the world stage shedding light on the giant strides of this current programme and the urgency of the education crisis for Africa and for the world.

The fireside chat event tagged “Addressing Africa’s learning crisis and preparing for a young future: Finding solutions” had Richard Jones, editorial director at Devex interviewing AbdulRazaq, and Shannon May, co-founder at NewGlobe.

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The event addressed the education crisis in low- and middle-income countries which is at a critical level, with over half of children unable to read and comprehend a simple story by the end of their primary education.

The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic have further exacerbated this dire situation, necessitating a transformative overhaul of the education sector.

A return to the pre-pandemic state is insufficient; instead, ambitious efforts for learning recovery and acceleration are imperative to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, focusing on inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030.

It will also shine a light on what’s needed to equip everyone from teachers to education ministries with the data tools needed to drive improved learning outcomes for all.

In response to the fact that the world is significantly off track from meeting SDG 4, and what needs to be done to get back on track and accelerate towards achieving SDG 4 by 2030 Shannon May said.

“Those in development finance institutions should pay attention to programs that are working in states that have had the courage to implement them and double down,” programmes such as KwaraLEARN in states such as Kwara State.

She further stated that ”Kwara is outperforming the education levels that its GDP per capita would normally predict, if you invest in education now, you can leapfrog to economic prosperity.”