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Place education at the centre of peace building in Nigeria – UN

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Place education at the centre of peace building in Nigeria – UN

By: Michael Mike

The United Nations in Nigeria has urged the government of Nigeria to place education at the centre of all peacebuilding efforts in order to build an enduring culture of peace in the country.

In a joint statement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) to mark the International Day of Education in Nigeria, the UN emphasized the urgent need to prioritize education as a tool for promoting human dignity tolerance and peace.

“If education is placed at the centre of our commitment to peace, it can help empower learners with the necessary knowledge, competencies and attitudes to become agents of peace in their immediate communities,” said the Head of UNESCO Abuja Office and UNESCO Representative to Nigeria, Abdourahamane Diallo.

Diallo while “encouraging government to prioritize education at the top of its political agenda, a strong call is being made to rally influencers and wider civil society to push forward the movement to bring education into the center of peacebuilding at all levels,” disclosed that UNESCO has set new standard instrument on education for lasting peace, where Education offers multiple opportunities to address the root causes of hate speech and sensitize learners of all ages of its forms and consequences online and offline.

UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Ms. Cristian Munduate, on her part noted that: “While Nigeria has shown a commitment to creating safe school environments through endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration and developing the Minimum Standards for Safe Schools, there is room for further progress. On this important day, we are reminded of the collective responsibility we share in safeguarding the educational environment for every child.”

She noted that: “Education is a key driver of gender equality, economic growth, and social development, sadly it remains inaccessible to many Nigerian children. Their educational journey is often disrupted by attacks on communities and schools, including the abduction of students. These challenges are particularly acute for adolescent girls, potentially stalling the progress made in girls’ education in Nigeria.”

In her message, the Director General of UNESCO, Ms Audrey Azoulay explained that: “Because if hatred starts with words, peace starts with education. What we learn changes how we view the world and influences how we treat others. Education must therefore be at the heart of our efforts to achieve and maintain world peace.”

According to her, this year’s International Day of Education on 24 January is dedicated to the crucial role of teaching and learning in promoting lasting peace – and the ways in which education must adapt in order to address current global challenges.

“The UNESCO Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development adopted by our 194 Member States in November 2023, is a major milestone in this regard. This global standard-setting instrument, the only one of its kind, is a roadmap for
 re-thinking and re-designing education systems to prepare learners to collectively shape more just, sustainable, healthy and peaceful futures for all. UNESCO looks forward to supporting education reforms based on this Recommendation across the world.” Azoulay said.

On 3rd December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

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Mathematics Key to Country’s Development and Growth-NTIC School Clinches 100 Medals at National Mathematics Competition

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Mathematics Key to Country’s Development and Growth-NTIC School Clinches 100 Medals at National Mathematics Competition

By: Michael Mike

The Managing Director of Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC), Mr. Feyzullah Bilgin has urged Nigerians to take the study of mathematics very serious as it could be the key to unearthing in the Nigeria entrance into deserving development and growth.

Bilgin, made the call in a statement issued on Thursday during which he announced that students of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) have won over 100 medals in the 1st round of the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) competitions.

He noted that mathematics is not as difficult as many students believe, insisting that all it requires to be atop the subjects is interest and good teacher.

On the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) competitions, he said it is mandated to identify and encourage young talents, stimulate enthusiasm among young Nigerian students and attract distinguished mathematical scientists, from all over the country.

He noted that it is also aimed at enabling it tackle national set goals in the development of mathematical sciences and represent Nigeria in the various most prestigious international olympiads.

He said: “We are pleased to announce to you our outstanding achievements from the 2023/2024 1st round of National Mathematical and Sciences Olympiad Competitions according to the results released by N.M.C. Abuja.”

He listed some of the outstanding achievements of the NTIC to include students of the school winning 27 gold, 38 silver and 35 bronze medals in various subjects including math, the science subjects and informatics Olympiads.

He said: “Our schools also achieved a record-breaking number of 293 students that qualified for the second round of the competitions.

“In the whole of Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Yobe States, our schools clinched the best in Mathematics Olympiad.

“In the whole of F.C.T. Abuja, our schools are the best in biology, chemistry, junior mathematics, and physics Olympiads.

“In the F.C.T, our students clinched the top 3 in biology Olympiad; 9 of our students emerged in the top 10 in junior math; 6 of our students emerged in the top 10 and half of the students that qualified for the second round are our students in senior math. It would also interest you to know that one of our J.S.S. 1 students surpassed several J.S.S. 2 and 3 students to clinch 3rd position in the state.

“In the same Abuja, one of our students: Chiemela Ahachi clinched the best positions in both physics and chemistry Olympiads.

“In the whole of Kano State, our schools are the best in junior informatics, junior math, senior informatics, and senior Math.

“In the whole of Kano State, our students clinched top 5 in junior informatics Olympiad; top 10 and 89% of 2nd round qualifiers in junior mathematics Olympiad; top 5 and 89% of 2nd round qualifiers in senior informatics Olympiad; and 8 of our students emerged in the top 10 and 82% of 2nd round qualifiers in senior math Olympiads,” he said.

The director also said in the whole of Lagos State, our school is the best in junior and senior mathematics, which are clinched by two blood brothers.
In the whole of Lagos State, our students occupied the top 6 in senior math Olympiads.

“In the whole of Kaduna State, our schools are the best in junior informatics, chemistry, and physics Olympiads.

“In the whole of Kaduna State, our students occupied the top 9 in junior informatics, and came top 3 in physics.

“In the whole of Yobe State, there are no rival schools as our schools occupied every available position in all the subject categories.”

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Why Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB)?

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Why Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB)?

By: Yusuf Adamu

The Nigeria Army University Biu which has a slogan as the African First Green University was established in 2018 and it is considered as a research institution for innovation and technology for the Nigerian Army. The university is duly licensed by the NUC and it’s expected to enjoy varieties of benefits just like any other university in the country. The university is managed by the army and it has about 75% civilian and 25% army and paramilitary.It offers over 15 different courses.

However, the setting up of this university is a child of necessity because it has bridged the knowledge gap created by the insurgency and also to restore confidence of the people since it’s a military establishment.

Prior, to the establishment of the university, the people of the community made a lot sacrifices in respect of thier lands and as a result a large hectares of land was offered to the university.

The university has also enjoyed full support of the Borno State Government, Unimaid and as well as other agencies.
With the smooth takeoff of the university, what should be considered is, possible expansion owing to its large hectares of land it occupies in order for it to become world class rather than reducing it as a faculty under the Nigerian Defence Army.
The people of Biu and the state have been loyal members of the party for over 20yrs, for them the news is a shock and that the FG should reconsider thier position on this.

Instead, they should considered other MDAs and allow this tertiary institutions to operate the way it’s been setup because modus operandi of a university differs from that of MDAs.

Further more, if decision is viewed as the implementation of the Orosanyo’s recommendations then, then how come did the army university smuggled in? because it was not established at the time the report was made.

Therefore, we are appealing to the President and Vice President to please reconsider and exclude NAUB from this decision so that it can take its full position as the citadel of knowledge, compete with its peers and among others.

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Federal University of lafia produces first set of PhD and over 6000 graduates in 6th, 7th and 8th combined convocation

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Federal University of lafia produces first set of PhD and over 6000 graduates in 6th, 7th and 8th combined convocation

By: Bodunrin Kayode

About 6, 499 graduands have been produced by the Federal University of lafia out of this is the first set of PhD’s since establishment.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Shehu Abdulraman said during the recent convocation of the institution that the management was excited that finally, they have been able to produce their first set of PhD graduates.

He said that the 6499 graduates sent into the manpower market was churned out from the 6th, 7th and 8th convocation which equally produced 50 first class graduates with first degrees from about 52 programs..

While congratulating them for their academic achievements, the VC advised that the attainment of their degrees were not the end of life but the beginning of any form of achievements they have desired or aimed for as students.

The VC described them as pillars of hard work and selfless services towards the country adding that they must keep the flag flying as they advance their various professional pursuits.

Prof Abdulraham expressed hope that all the graduands must have learnt a lot from the pre-Convocation lecture which was delivered by the chair of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Buba Marwan retired.

In his remark during the occasion, Governor Abdullahi Sule said that he was happy with the achievements of the University which has just passed its first decade of existence.

He said that he is equally very serious with education which is why he has placed it on the front burner of the list of priorities when it comes to recent appropriation bills of the state.

He called on the graduands of the University to fly the banner of excellence as they were now ambassadors of the institution anywhere they go to.

Governor Abdullahi Sule called on the 50 first class graduates to take the advantage of the skills acquisition centre in the state to enroll in a one month training of any skill of their choice

The reward of which would be their receipt of 500, 000 naira to any of them that would agree to undergo the skills at the Wing Commander Abdullahi Ibrahim, Skills Acquisition Training Centre in Lafia.

The money according to him will act as start up capital for them to start their own businesses.

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