Experts Advocate Private Sector Intervention in Nigerian Education Sector

Submitted by superadmin on Thu, 10/17/2019 - 07:08
Bukar Kyari and Tope Toogun


Edusko Africa, a leading education marketing company in Nigeria recently hosted hundreds of education leaders at the third edition of the Business of Education Summit in Lagos. The event which held on the 10th of October, 2019 at Muson Centre, is an annual education summit where school owners, administrators, directors, policy makers and education entrepreneurs converge to discuss actionable solutions to problems in the Nigerian education system.

This year’s edition of the summit dissects the role of the organised private sector in building a sustainable education industry in Africa.

In his welcome address, the convener of the summit, Jide Ayegbusi, reiterated Edusko Africa’s commitment to impacting the knowledge economy being the bedrock of national development.

“It’s obvious that the state of any nation’s economy is a reflection of how strong or otherwise its education system is. This speaks volume to why we should all be concerned as we’d all pay for the abysmal state of education in the country if we turn a blind eye to the rot”, said Ayegbusi.

Cross section of delegates at the Business of Education 2019

In her opening remarks, the Lagos State Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, represented by the Director General, Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abiola Ayeni, conveyed the unrelenting commitment of the Lagos state government to providing an enabling environment for private/public sector synergy in building a sustainable education business that will be profitable to all.

Emphasising the need for school owners to employ the right set of educators to instil knowledge in students, the keynote speaker, Mr. Peter Bamkole said, “education is not about great schools, it’s about great teachers.”

Other speakers at the summit included: Kyari Abba Bukar, Managing Partner, Trans – Sahara Investment Corporation; Lai Koiki, Executive Director, Greensprings School; Mark Brooks, Executive Director Mark Brooks Education, UK; Tope Toogun, Head of human capital, Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Dotun Akande, CEO, Patricks Speech and Languages Centre; Faith Abiodun, Marketing and Partnership Director, African Leadership Academy and a few other education leaders. 

This year’s edition of the summit was sponsored by British Council, Sterling Bank, Mark Brooks Education and Michael and Cecilia Ibru University.

Other partners include: University of Sussex, UNICAF, Edfin MFB, Patricks Speech and Languages Centre, Sheriff Deputies, Bournvita, Mr. Ekpa, Oxbridge Tutorial College, Academic City College, Greensprings School, Square College, FIEF, Coderbunnyz, 9ijakids Educational Games and Connect Nigeria.

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