UN group urges govts to take the lead on education development 

Heads of delegations and chairs of committees, including accredited ambassadors of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Relief Fund in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, ECOSOC, rose from the maiden edition of the NgEducators and International Human Rights Commission Model United Nations, (NgIMUN), Conference 2024 in Enugu weekend, calling on governments at all levels around the world to take the lead in education.

They stated the need to overcome urban-rural education gap and also improve access to quality education for rural populations through increased investment in and the full use of modern technologies, including the establishment of remote education systems and training.

They declared that “education and training should contribute to sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth by developing requisite skills, in line with labour market requirements and development needs of countries.”

Their position was contained in the “Enugu Declaration 2024” rendered by NgIMUN president and director-general, Global, International Human Rights Commission, Relief Fund Trust, Dr. Tivlumun Ahure, at the end of the conference themed, “The development of Education in Developing Countries.”

It states: “We emphasise the need to promote and improve the relevance of teaching and learning including aligning education policies, curricula, training and teaching and learning approaches with the priorities identified in national development strategies,

 “Ensure that educational curricula methodologies and training yield high-level of literacy, numeracy and life skills.

“Enhancing teachers’ training and their continued professional development to improve their pedagogical capacity to conduct student-centres lessons as well as promote creative and critical thinking.

“Encourage support for the development of the potential and talents of children and young people, the provision of and mainstreaming of skills development and training in technical, technological, and vocational schools, taking into account national and local needs and in cooperation with relevant economic actors,” the Enugu declaration reads.