The Human Development Initiative (HDI) has called on education stakeholders to ensure that children of school age have access to free, compulsory, primary education.

Programme Officer of HDI, Johnson Ibidapo, made the call during a one-day sensitisation workshop for education stakeholders in Ajeromi Ifelodun local government area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

About 10.5 million children in Nigeria between the ages of five and 14 are not in school despite the government making primary education free and compulsory, according to a UNICEF report.

In his interview with newsmen at the workshop, Ibidapo maintained that it was important to remind parents and guardians of their roles in ensuring children of school age are in school.

‘HDI has come to remind parents of their duty to ensure that children of school age are enrolled for basic education’, he said.

Ibidapo said that the Lagos government had commenced the implementation of the 2018 SUBEB action plan, with 2.94 billion naira earmarked for various projects in schools across the state.

He charged parents to take advantage of the project to ensure their children fully benefit from the action plan.

‘We have also come to encourage them to take ownership of government projects in the state’, he said.

On his part, the Education Secretary of Ajeromi Ifelodun, Solomon Aboluwodi, applauded the education project’s monitoring team in the LGA for their efforts.

Source: NAN

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