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Quality education key to poverty reduction – Presidential Aide

Dr. Precious Gbeneol, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has identified quality education as crucial to effective implementation of poverty eradication policies in Nigeria.

This is contained in 2013 MDGs report entitled “Ending Poverty in our Generation”, issued by a Media Consultant, Mr. Desmond Utomwe, on Monday in Abuja.

The report stressed that providing quality education and protecting women and children from violence in addition to improving governance would also be vital to eradicating poverty and hunger

According to the report, the most urgent task in the country is the eradication of poverty.

It added that MDGs were focused on poverty reduction so as to speed up action on the improvement of the lives of the poor and most marginalised.

It noted that by 2015 the MDGs would have achieved much in education, gender equality, health, environment and global partnership to reduce poverty.

“It is also vital to set up goals on eradicating poverty and hunger through the provision of quality healthcare and facilities that will improve the lives of local communities in the country.

“The MDGs framework has intervened in the education sector by promoting the curriculum development through the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council.

“Added to this is the provision of nomadic education programmes to improve access, equity and integration into formal education through the National Commission for Nomadic Education” it said.

It said that all programmes under the MDGs were interventions in the education sector, geared toward enhancing poverty eradication before or by the 2015 deadline.

The report said that the MDGs as a framework would continue to target transformational results, based on various interventions being carried out in different sectors of the society.

According to the report, the National Teachers Institute has trained and retrained 120,000 teachers annually from 2006 to date in line with the MDGs framework.

It explained that the scheme was seeking to give teachers requisite skills that would enable them to have competitive advantage in their areas of specialisation and be able to impart knowledge to their students. .

The report urged relevant stakeholders to pay attention to developmental interventions that would touch the lives of the poor and the vulnerable in society.

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