President Goodluck Jonathan, former Vice President of World Bank, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, Chairman Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), Dakuku Adol Peterside, and wives of state governors have joined founder of ESI, Dame Judith Amaechi, to champion the cause for proper legislation and implementation of investment in early childhood education in the country.
Declaring open the Third National Conference on Kindergarten Education, in Port Harcourt, yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan said sound education, application of knowledge and policy implementation of early childhood education, were key in promoting speedy development in Nigeria.
President Jonathan, represented by the Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Inumo Abdul Kadir, said: “Education is not a privilege, but an inalienable right of every child. We must make appropriate investments in early childhood education to achieve our lofty goals.”
In her lead paper presentation, former World Bank Vice-President, Oby Ezekwesili, listed six core areas of development that can enhance the educational system in the country. They are early childhood education, basic education, secondary education, tertiary education, special education, as well as informal or adult education.