A United Nations Panel discussion on Nigeria has stressed the need for quality education for children with special needs from low income families in the country.
The panel with the theme: `Special Education: A model for Sustainable and Inclusive Education in Developing Countries’, underscored the central place of children with special needs.
A specialist in social impact and education, Olayide Olumide-Odediran, said Nigerian Government’s desire to provide quality education for all its citizens was being hampered by several factors.
According to her, public funding for the provision of quality education to all is largely inadequate, and urged governments look to the private sector for additional funding required to provide inclusive education.
Olumide-Odediran called for measures to provide support for children with varying physical and learning needs within mainstream education.
She also suggested a legal framework for driving public-private partnerships for social development, including education, and to drive accountability for education outcomes, among others.