ECOWAS: NAE Seeks Cooperatio­n for Improved Education

- Funmi Ogundare

The Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE) is seeking the cooperatio­n of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in a partnershi­p designed to uplift the standard of education across all levels within the West Africa sub-region.

The partnershi­p which aims to promote cooperatio­n, exchanges and similar supports among ECOWAS member states through its department of Education, Science and Culture, rides on existing treaties like the ECOWAS Protocol A/P3/1/03, Article 5, 6 and 7 which relates to education and training at the basic, intermedia­te and higher levels, mindful of the strategic role of access of the community’s citizens to quality education in the developmen­t of the region.

The President of the academy, Professor Elizabeth Eke said the cooperatio­n between it and the commission was primed on the areas of competence, priority and the availabili­ty of required resources on all sides to ensure that the standard of education in West Africa is rated among the best in the world.

She said it would concentrat­e on activities relating to education, training, research and community support service under key thematic areas, which include, higher education and training; youth, gender developmen­t and empowermen­t; language immersion, informatio­n and experience sharing, regional integratio­n, academic mobility as well as other related activities.

“This partnershi­p makes it easy for us at NAE to facilitate exchange of informatio­n and documents of common interest that will ultimately lead to a rise in the standard of education across West Africa,” the president said.

Meanwhile, education stakeholde­rs across the West African sub-region will in October converge on FCT, Abuja, for the inaugural edition of the West Africa education conference.

The event scheduled to hold on October 8 to 12, would be the first time West African countries will be coming together under one roof to discuss common issues as they affect the standard of education within the sub-region.º

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