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Breakthrough in Education Funding could help Over 8million Nigerian Children- Education Commission

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.Youth activists deliver petition with 1.5 million signatures calling for the biggest global investment in education history

   .United Nations Secretary-General, World Bank, and Regional Development Banks support for the International Finance Facility for Education.

   .UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown warns of global education crisis with “wide and persistent divide” that risks excluding 400 million girls from employment by 2030.

 

Nigeria has one of the world’s largest populations of out-of-school youth in the world, and most children deprived of an education are girls.

 

 

Today, youth activists from around the world will meet in New York with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and carry a clear and simple message:”We need more and better funding for education to achieve our full potential.”

 

The youth will hand over a global petition with more than 1.5 million signatures calling on world leaders to launch a new International Finance Facility for Education that can provide an additional USD 10 billion for global education investments for the most marginalized young people throughout the world.

 

More than eight million Nigerian children, 60% of them girls, are not in school and won’t have the skills they need to get jobs and build secure, stable futures.

 

 

Nigeria is part of a global education crisis. If no action is taken, more than 400 million girls around the world will not be on track to have the skills needed for employment in 2030.

 

 

Learning standards across Africa are 100 years behind today’s average high-income countries, and by 2030 the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the Education Commission) estimates that more than half of the world’s children and young people – some 800 million youth – will not have the basic skills needed for the modern workforce.

 

On current trends, it will take until after 2100 for all countries to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) target of ensuring that all children complete primary and secondary education.

 

 

UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said: “The human faces behind these statistics are the most heartbreaking.

 

“In Nigeria, girls living in poverty bear the greatest burden – many of them drop out of school and get married early.

 

“They are left without skills for the modern economy and won’t have much hope for the future.”

 

 

The International Finance Facility for Education would work with countries to collectively achieve the largest education investment in history and empower the next generation to fulfill their potential.

 

 

Young people are outraged that progress has stalled as investment has not kept pace with the need for education funding.

 

 

International support for education has declined from 13% of all aid ten years ago to now just 10%.

 

 

All aid to education in developing countries combined offers only USD 10 per child – not enough to pay for a second-hand textbook, let alone a quality education.

 

Today at the United Nations, Global Youth Ambassadors from Nepal, Kenya, and Sierra Leone are bringing the signatures of more than 1.5 million people asking for change and immediate action.

 

 

The petition was collected by young people working with several organizations, including Theirworld’s network of 900 Global Youth Ambassadors in 90 countries, BRAC in Bangladesh, and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi in Pakistan.

 

 

The youth will meet with the United Nations Secretary-General, UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown, President of the Inter-American Development Bank Luis Moreno, and the World Bank’s Vice President for Human Development Annette Dixon to discuss funding for education.

 

The International Finance Facility for Education could help countries like Nigeria bridge the education funding gap and get all children in school and learning.

 

 

The Facility, put forth by the Secretary-General, would make aid more effective by leveraging and maximizing the impact of donor resources through the World Bank and regional development banks to provide an additional 20 million places in school in its initial stage.

 

 

Countries would multiply the impact by increasing their own funding and committing to critical education reforms.

 

 

Upon meeting with the youth advocates and receiving the petition, the United Nations Secretary-General declared, “In our fast-changing world, we cannot accept 250 million children failing to learn even the most basic skills.

 

“In the coming decade, some one billion young people will enter the workforce. They all need education so that they can help build a world of peace, prosperity, dignity, and opportunity for all.

 

 

That is why the proposed new International Finance Facility for Education is critical.”

 

 

History shows that innovative and concerted international efforts can have profound impact. A decade and a half ago, such cooperation generated extraordinary new resources for the health sector and saved millions of lives.

 

Achieving universal education would increase GDP per capita in low-income countries by almost 70% by 2050.

 

The Facility will make what was once considered impossible – quality education for every child – possible within a generation.

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Nigeria, Korea Strengthen Relations to Advance Science & Technology

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The Peoples Republic of Korea yesterday reiterated its commitment to strengthening collaboration with Nigeria in advancing science and technology.

The Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jon Choi, said this when he visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, in Abuja.

Choi said that the essence of sustaining the long existing cooperation between the two countries was to achieve common growth and development in science and technology.

He noted that science and technology is a critical sector in the development of a nation, adding that strengthening the cooperation would enable the two countries to maximise the potential in the sector.

“We, in Korea, are passionate about the people of Nigeria and eager to further our relationship in the area of science and technology.

“We have common interest in developing relations in science and technology because it is a key sector that drives the development of a country.

“In modern world, science and technology is a key index showing the level of development of a country.

“So, we must explore ways to collaborate in pushing ahead science and technology.”

The ambassador emphasized that Korea was able to advance development in spite of sanctions because the country placed priority in developing science and technology.

In his response, Onu said that Nigeria was committed to using science, technology and innovation to utilize more efficiently the enormous resources in the country.

According to the Minister, science, technology and innovations are central to the development of Nigeria.

“And this ministry occupies a central place in re-directing our economy from commodity-based to one based on knowledge.

“This collaboration is very critical because we want to fight and defeat extreme poverty in Nigeria.

“We want to use science, technology and innovations to create jobs and in turn our Gross domestic Product will continue to grow,” Onu said.

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HMD Global Partners with Techpoint Inspired 2018

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As part of efforts to encourage technological innovation and motivate tech startups in Nigeria, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, have thrown their weight behind the 2018 annual Techpoint Inspired conference; billed for 29th of May, 2018 at Pistis Conference Centre, Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos.

Themed, “The Future is now” this year’s event which provides a unique platform for business opportunities and relationship building, is set to assemble industry leaders, founders of tech enabled businesses, startups, tech lovers, and other stakeholders, to explore tech trends that will shape the country’s future.

Olumide Balogun, Head of Marketing at HMD Global West Africa, posits that Nigeria is quick to embrace evolving technology, with the Techpoint Inspired 2018 being able to gather over 5,000 tech enthusiasts a clear evidence of this fact.

“Technology is an enabler that has become the bedrock of the economy and lifestyle across the world, Nigeria being no exception. At HMD Global, we are convinced that technology can enhance the lives of billions of people around the world, which is why we are delighted to be part of a movement such as Techpoint Inspired.

Moves like this will help open new frontiers of innovations to move Nigeria into a new level of technology quest,” Balogun says.

The 2018 edition of the Techpoint Inspired conference will feature various presentations and panel sessions, on which Balogun will be speaking alongside, Gbenga Adegbiji, General Manager, MDX-I, MainOne; Amina Sambo-Magaji, National Coordinator, OIIE; Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative; and Adedeji Olowe, Co-Founder, Open Banking, on “Solving Infrastructure Challenges for Innovation in Nigeria”. The panel discussion will examine the country’s infrastructural gap, how consumers are affected by the challenges and how they can be solved.

The event will feature other discussions such as: The future of work in Nigeria; The consumer, the bank and Fintech; Policy Framework towards sustainable local technology; as well as presentations made by leaders in the industry.

According to the CEO and Founder of Techpint.ng, Adewale Yusuf, the theme of this year’s Techpoint conference, stems out of the fact that we are entering an era where technology would be the backbone of our society. His words, “The future is here. We are on a mission to understand why new technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, Robotics, etc, would matter in the future.”

While expressing gratitude to the sponsors of this year’s event, Yusuf assured that Techpoint will continue to drive its agenda of connecting people to the transformative power of technology, especially as it affects everyday living.

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Mydrim Art Gallery Announces Master’s Exhibition to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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One of Nigeria’s oldest galleries, Mydrim Gallery has announced that it will host a Masters’ art exhibition.

The Exhibition, which is set to take place on the 3rd to 4th of June at the Desiderata in Banana Island, marks Mydrim Gallery’s 25th anniversary.

From its creation, the objective of the gallery was to rectify the way that the art profession was regarded at that time.

Art was not considered a noble profession and society did not accord much importance to the artists or their works.

Mydrim over the years has persistently worked to correct that anomaly and create a platform for educating Nigerians about the importance and value of art.

Speaking at the press conference was the gallery’s founder Mrs Sinmidele Adesanya, who explained the importance of an exhibition such as this by relating to the Nigerian proverb that says “A river that does not know its source will soon run dry.

“This exhibition will exhibit twelve Masters such that art lovers, artists and art students know the “source” of contemporary art today.

These are some of the artists who steered the course and remained committed and focused to developing the visual arts in Nigeria in the face of monumental challenges.

To become a Master takes a lifetime of practice and perfecting as well as having influence in the form of mentoring and teaching.

Not only that but these artists also create emblems of Nigerian society at large and add depths to the culture. These artists have the clout that is not born in a day.

Young artists today need to know the history of those who paved the way for them. The masters in this exhibition have not only created an extensive body of work but they have also changed the ideology of what it is to be an artist, and African at that.

They have brought world renown to Nigerian art and have broken away from Western training in artistic techniques; namely, to exemplify, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Yusuf Grillo brought reform to early Nigerian art in their school days by forming the Zaria Art Society which rebelled against Western techniques.

All of the Masters in this exhibition have dedicated their lives to serving the arts and have extensively studied, researched and honed their talent.

Most of these artists are matured in age so Mydrim wishes to celebrate them in their lifetime. Mydrim is the perfect gallery to commemorate these greats since Mydrim has been a part of all of their journeys in some shape or form. We owe it to them to give them the accolades they deserve.

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