The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has revealed plans to create policies that will equip students for sustainable livelihood and promote national development.
Lagos State NUT Chairman, Hassan Akintoye, while speaking at a press conference said the upcoming first edition of the annual lecture and award series, titled ‘Development through education: Learning and livelihood,’ would be used to drive this goal.
Akintoye stated that the event which intends to close gaps in the educational system is scheduled to hold on August 5, 2022, at the NUT Pavillion, Ikeja, Lagos.
‘‘Nigeria Union of Teachers (Lagos State Wing) is celebrating our legacy of family values by focusing on education.
‘‘The aim of the theme aims to provide an opportunity for academicians, professionals, policymakers, investors, bankers, and administrators from various fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the falling education standard gaps, knowledge gaps, promote industry skill-sets acquisition and entrepreneurship content needed for a sustainable educational system,’’ he said.
The NUT boss disclosed that two individuals and one organisation would be awarded during the event for their roles in the development of education in Lagos State.
Stating the categories of the awards, Noble Award for Education Development, Outstanding Support System for Education Sector, and Outstanding Brand Support for Education Sector.
Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator representing Ekiti Central, Folashade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education and Prof. Taiwo Edun, the Head of Department, Education Foundation Department, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) are expected to speak at the event.
Giving the reason for selecting the speakers, he said, "We are bringing Senator Bamidele because there is the need to create enabling legislature to support whatever idea we come up with in the programme.
‘‘Mrs Adefisayo has championed a new direction which is executed in Lagos by creating comprehensive high schools, and it is in line with the theme we have chosen. We can make an impact by lending support that will make it possible for the desired transformation we are looking for.
"As for Prof. Edun, there is the need to create a new direction with stakeholders in the higher institutions so that the policy will be incorporated into higher schools based on our focus on development.’’