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A varsity don and stakeholders in educational sector in Nigeria have advocated an inclusive e-learning in all levels of educational institutions in Nigeria.
The varsity don, Professor Helen Bodunde of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta who was the guest speaker at the occasion canvassed the need to bridge the digital gap among Nigerian students in competing with their peers globally.
They stated this in a communique issued at the end of an educational stakeholder dialogue organized to mark this year International Day of The Girl Child ,organised by the Ogun Chapter of the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA)in Abeokuta.
The stakeholders who spoke on the theme “Digital generation ,our generation” maintained that the COVID-19 experience has taught the country a big lesson that digital learning could not be compromised.
The communique was signed by the Media Officer Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development, Tola Adenekan .
The stakeholders comprise Parent-Teachers Association, School-based management committee, Academic Staff Union of Secondary School, Conference of old students and Alumni Association and non-govermental organizations working on education.
The communique noted that Digitalization is technology and technology is life, hence the need to give life to the educational sector through adequate provision of digital infrastructure in all primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country is imperative .
While commending the increased allocation of budget by the federal and Ogun state government in 2021 the communique noted that issues affecting the girl child in schools such as sanitary hygiene and conducive toilet facilities as well as opportunities for pregnant female students to complete their education without stigmatization should be prioritized.
Earlier in their submissions and Chairman of the occasion retired Permanent Secretary Kunle Adegbite said Nigerian students have the capacity to excel in their academic pursuits if provided with enabling environment.
On his part the Chairman of Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All, Mr Olusola Olufemi said the organization will continue to mobilize all stakeholders to promote quality education for both boys and girls for sustainable national development and goals