THE Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, on Monday in Abuja inaugurated the Nigeria Education Website: www.nigeria-education.org designed in collaboration with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).
Shekarau said that the website would make access to education information easy and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in Nigeria.
Represented by Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, the minister said that the website was a timely tool in gathering and making information available to planners and researchers.
”I anticipate that this valuable new resource will inform and contribute to the important work that we are all doing in securing improved access to quality education in Nigeria.
”Our future success is not only based on the quality of our education system but also on the ability to generate information about it.
”It is, therefore, noteworthy that the website covers information on diverse areas of education, including access, gender, governance, quality, and specifically, teachers.”
He appealed to practitioners in the sector to make appropriate use of the facility to enrich their work.
The minister also urged all government agencies to make appropriate use of the site to facilitate the achievement of their objectives.
Earlier, Prof. Oladele Akogun, the Country Director, Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN), an initiative of DFID, said every data concerning education in Nigeria was on the website.
Akogun said that EDOREN worked with the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics and other stakeholders in mobilising data.
According to him, the website provides a literature review of basic education in Nigeria and sorts out information state by state for easy accessibility.
”It is designed to generate new evidence and understanding of how best to support equitable access and improve learning outcomes for all Nigerian children through innovation and the sustainable development of basic education systems.”
He also said the project was the first of its kind in Nigeria and addressed a real need for access to research on education in Nigeria. (NAN)
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