Nigeria is a country hoping for a better change. Citizens have big dreams of children living on to take over from the older generation, but it seems far from reality. We want a country where children enjoy the right to education and everyone with a radiant smile. Despite the various challenges facing the country, I love my country.

For any nation to grow and develop, the leadership must have an effective plan for the citizens. This, I know, Nigeria has for its people, including children. For a better result, there must be proper planning and implementation of programs to protect and promote children’s rights.
We know that our nation has great plans for us in terms of education, as evidenced by section 15 subsection 1-7 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Child Rights Act 2003. The section establishes the child’s right to education. free, compulsory and universal primary education. as well as access to affordable secondary and tertiary education.

Similarly, section 15 subsection 5 also provides that pregnant girls before completing their education have another opportunity to complete their education, while section 15 subsection 4 provides that a child must be sent to learn a trade/vocation appropriate after completing your education. primary school as long as the child is not capable of continuing her education.

Nigeria is my beloved country and as a child I think the state would give me priority care as an orphan who has lost maternity care but picked him up from his father for nurturing. To achieve a better life for the children, we wish the Ministry of Education to remove all the defects that hinder the good education of all Nigerian children.

This could be possible by providing free and compulsory basic education for all children, adequate education for rural and urban dwellers, adequately trained teachers, provision of free facilities and food for the needy, as well as free stationery for pupils. and poor students. When such a feat is accomplished, the level of education will improve and sound education will be affected in the citizens.

This would serve the best interests of the children and the nation as a whole. If the government could fully implement these early childhood education methods, it would attract and retain children in schools. Preschool education should also be strengthened by the federal and state education ministries in Nigeria to incorporate school dropouts and ‘working children’ into schools.

This would arouse interest in education among working children, their parents and teachers.
It is the duty of governments to provide free early childhood education and children must be taught about their rights and duties to themselves and to the nation. This needs to be properly captured in your syllabus or syllabus.

This type of program can be difficult to achieve in Nigeria unless those responsible for education at the state and national levels are well disciplined, honest, committed and sincere.
In Nigeria today, discipline, honesty, commitment and sincerity are lacking and conscious efforts must be made to restore them. Therefore, the government should appoint persons possessing such qualities as Minister of Education or Commissioner of Education at the state level to ensure that all children are prepared in Nigerian public schools.

In Nigeria, children collectively face educational problems due to inadequate and insufficient materials and a lack of good educational planning.
Smart people across the country should make drastic changes to ensure quality education for Nigerian children. Why should many educated Nigerians be teaching and working in other countries of the world when the nation desperately needs them? They are busy training others around the world, while their own citizens still suffer from a lack of basic education, as well as inadequate physical and educational facilities.

There are many obstacles in the education sector in Nigeria, such as the lack of well-trained teachers.
and teachers, frequent strikes by teaching and non-teaching staff, secondary school fees, among others. These have negatively affected many students and their teachers across the country. Strike actions subject students to spending more than the required years in school, which is unhealthy for the nation.

Lack of sufficient facilities is another hurdle faced by students in Nigeria. These facilities include accommodation, classrooms/lecture rooms, modern technology and well-equipped laboratories for students.
Poverty and lack of seriousness on the part of the students also contribute to the challenges. The main problem of the education sector is the rate of corruption in the Ministry of Education, which has a huge negative impact on the level of education throughout the country.

The Nigerian government has been the major contributor to education funding and should strive to give more for sound education in the nation. People who have benefited from the government, especially in the area of ​​free education, should be able to give back to society.
Also, the cost of private schools is high and out of reach for most Nigerian parents and children.
The government must employ well-trained teachers, provide well-equipped classrooms, stationery, and good teacher salaries to facilitate quality education.

These are areas that the Ministry of Education should seriously consider.
Also, NGOs and some international donor agencies can help reshape education in Nigeria and bring it up to the required standards.

Garba is the deputy chairperson of the Katsina State Children’s Parliament
SS 3A, Focus Funtua International School,
Katsina State.