Hi everyone.

I decided not to do my normal post today because the article written here it’s something have always been passionate about and it’s amazing to see young people like me actually advocating for the basic educational fund of every Nigerian child.

I was watching the news yesterday and I saw the degrading situation of the educational system of this country.

A school at ikorodu which happens to be the only school within the 6 communities around the area do not have enough classrooms for the children, most of these children have to stay under the tree to learn and if it rains no school for them. I was really thinking about how I can make an impact in my own little way, even if it’s to post about this on social media. And I saw @inumidun_dami article about the same thing I was thinking and I knew this is it, it’s not big, it’s a letter written to the president to fund education to build strong education systems and achieve equitable, quality education and learning for all children and young people in Nigeria.

But in a way it’s something everyone should know. Enough of the it’s none of my business attitude.

 

Dear President Muhammadu Buhari

The Honorable President of NIGERIA

 

Subject: Fund education to build strong education systems and achieve equitable, quality education and learning for all children and young people in NIGERIA

 

On behalf of millions of young people (youth and children in Nigeria), I congratulate your Government for signing up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014.

 

I am writing today in regards the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4): Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

 

This includes a target for governments to achieve the following by 2030:

• To ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

 

However, at present, 264 million children around the world are not in school, with millions more not learning. World leaders made a commitment in 2015 to leave no child behind, but declining aid to education and the need for more domestic financing for education by developing country governments, is leaving millions of children and young people behind.  Unless urgent action is taken, more children and young people will be recipients of broken promises by 2030, perpetuating the global learning and financing crisis!

 

Global action by world leaders has the power to end the ‘global education crisis’ by 2030. If your government increase sits spending on education, you will become part of the solution, and help children and young people to receive the education they deserve and to reach their potential.

 

We remind world leaders that this is the time to act with a sense of urgency; you have the power to make history by providing the following:

– Donor governments to provide a total of US$3.1 billion to the Global Partnership for Education for the period 2018-2020

– Developing country governments to allocate 20% of government expenditure to education

 

I therefore, call on you to use the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference on February 2, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal, as the moment to stand up and FUND EDUCATION!

 

As the Nigerian government considers pledging at the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference, 264 million children ask that you act without delay.

 

Yours sincerely,

Damilola Olusanya

@Inumidun_dami

damiolusanya@gmail.com