APC Chieftain Calls for Action on Children's Right to Education

He called for tackling social and cultural barriers
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As Nigeria celebrated 2024 Children’s Day on Monday, APC Chieftain Hon. Obidike Chukwuebuka highlighted the dire situation facing many Nigerian children who are denied their fundamental right to education.

"Millions of children in Nigeria are out of school," Obidike stated, emphasizing that this reality "robs them of their future and perpetuates cycles of poverty." He stressed that "education is the bedrock of any society, and it’s unacceptable that many Nigerian children are being left behind. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, regardless of their background or circumstances."

Obidike warned of the severe consequences of this educational neglect: "Children who don’t receive an education are more likely to be trapped in poverty, vulnerable to exploitation, and lack the skills to compete in an increasingly complex world."

He further explained that the impact extends beyond individuals: "It’s not just the individual child who suffers; the entire nation pays the price. A generation of uneducated citizens means a workforce lacking in skills, innovation, and productivity, hindering Nigeria’s economic growth and development."

To address these issues, Obidike proposed several measures. "First, we must acknowledge that education is a fundamental right, not a privilege. We must prioritize funding for public schools, train and support teachers, and address the systemic issues that keep children out of school."

He also called for tackling social and cultural barriers: "This includes addressing poverty, gender inequality, and social norms that devalue education."

Furthermore, Obidike suggested leveraging technology: "We must harness the power of technology to reach marginalized communities and provide alternative learning pathways for those who can’t access traditional schools."

Finally, he urged accountability from leaders: "We must hold our leaders accountable for ensuring that every Nigerian child has access to quality education. We must demand policies and programs that prioritize education and support our most vulnerable citizens."

Concluding his message, Obidike made a heartfelt appeal: "On this Children’s Day, let’s make a commitment to ensure that no Nigerian child is left behind. Let’s work together to create a future where every child can learn, grow, and thrive. Education is a right, not a privilege – let’s make it a reality for all."

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