ECOWAS to train 12,000 pupils on technical education

The Economic Community of West African States , in partnership with a technology firm , Skill ‘ G ’ Nigeria Limited , says it will train no fewer than 12 , 000 pupils in the sub- region on technical education and science annually .
According to a statement from ECOWAS , in order to achieve this target , the organisation held a two - day stakeholders ’ meeting on education on Thursday and Friday in Abuja to draw out a road map .
The theme of the meeting was , “ Better harmonisation of the educational system of the region and the development of the human capital based on knowledge economy . ”
The Managing Director , Skill ‘ G ’ Limited , Dr Gregory Ibe , told journalists after the meeting that the firm would “ design the strategies for ECOWAS technical and vocational education as well as skills improvement for employability in the region . ”
He said, “ ECOWAS decided to partner with us in the delivery of specialised vocational education in 15 member countries . We started this with the United Nations during President Olusegun Obasanjo ’s administration to deepen technical education. Now it has attracted ECOWAS for adoption.
“ This initiative will cover primary to tertiary education; we are looking at how to standardise certification of degrees and curricula in the sub-region . We want to multiply and give this knowledge to our pupils and students at all levels ; we target 11 , 000 to 12 , 000 persons annually . ”
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Education , Science and Culture , Mr Boly Hamidou, said the sub- region would harmonise education curricula with a view to improving skill acquisition .
“ We want to build on technical know - how and produce entrepreneurs . We saw what the firm is doing in Nigeria and we decided to partner with it. ”
According to ECOWAS , participants at the meeting were drawn from the 15 member states , the African Union , the World Bank , the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation , and diverse development partners .