Bloggers and Online Publishers attending a two-day United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)and Child’s Rights Bureau (CRIB) of Federal Ministry of Information (FMoI) Dialogue to promote equity for children have been told of the need to create space on their platforms for inclusive Children education in Nigeria.
They were charged to equally use the new media effectively as tool of development to promote and drive the equitable access to education as part of child’s rights.
Explaining the purpose of the Bloggers conversation at such a time, Communication Specialist with UNICEF, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku noted that the agency sees engaging practitioners of this veritable social platforms as the newest champions who have the appealing tools to change the narratives around inclusive education especially as the country prepares for the general elections.
He appeals to the Bloggers and online publishers to raise the consciousness of Political leaders to the need to prioritise children education as a tool for social and economic development.
In his presentation titled “Poor/Inequitable Access to Education in Nigeria: What Could We do to Close the Gap”? Education and Development Consultant Dr Dayo Ogundimu noted that with 98m people using the internet, 26m on Face Book, 16million having access to mobile phones as well as with 40% of people who listen to radio doing it through the mobile phone in Nigeria, the social media is a veritable tool to promote, encourage and sustain inclusive education.
Ogundimu described Poor/Inequitable Access to Education as an Issue of Urgent National Importance in which everyone especial bloggers, online publishers must change the narrative
“Bloggers and Online Publishers must urgently create space for children, use their various platforms to reach every stakeholder on why it has become very pertinent to fund, provide workable frame work and policy, integrate programmes such water and sanitation, nutrition and safe environment for Nigerian children”, he said.
Stressing why access to equitable education is important, Ogundimu noted that the Sustainable Development Goal 4 emphasizes it and makes it mandatory for every child to be given a chance to be educated by right regardless of status by birth.
Speaking at the opening, Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was represented by Head CRIB, Mr. Olumide Osanyipeju also appealed to Online Publishers and Bloggers to allow children and young adult build their life ambition through guidance on using the social media,
The Minister who decried the growing trend in falsehood on line urged practitioners to be “positive life and influencers” on children and young adults.