Nigeria’s government has declared its interest in partnering with Belgium government in areas such as degrading Out- of -School Children phenomenon, co-operation in Technical Education, development of Information and Communication Technology, ICT.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said that this would drive teaching and learning at all levels of the Nigerian educational system.

Adamu said that the two countries will anytime soon, sign a Bilateral Educational Agreement, BEA.

The minister, who disclosed this on Monday in his office when the Belgium Ambassador to Nigeria, his Excellence Onel Bertrand paid him a courtesy call, said the Bilateral Education agreement will drive all Educational Engagement, Transactions and Processes between the two countries.

Acknowledging that, the Out- of – School Children will be difficult to eradicate, the Minister expressed determination that the Nigerian Government will do everything possible to reduce the menace to the barest minimum.

Adamu Adamu told his Excellency that the country has struggled hard to contend and manage the negative impact of Covid -19 in the Nigerian education sector, beginning with the total closure of all learning facilities in March last year to the phased and gradual reopening of schools in August 2020 as well as the putting in place of Covid-19 protocols in all our learning centres across the country.

Speaking earlier, Bertrand told the Minister that his country stands ready to assist Nigeria in areas of high impact technology to support the countries effort in developing Information and Communication Technology, ICT, to drive the education sector.

The Belgium Ambassador to Nigeria said the country is interested in partnering with faculties of Agriculture in Nigeria Universities to develop modern technologies to improve agricultural productions in the country.

Already his Excellency said his country has shown a willingness in partnering with the University of Ibadan in developing the department of Agriculture.


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