What has been happening
The Executive Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, had declared that basic education is the inalienable right of every child. Alawiye-King said this at the public primary schools enrolment drive, which took place at 10 local government and local council development areas, LCDAs, across the state on Wednesday, 15th September, 2021. The awareness drive, logged with various Nollywood actors, is aimed at educating parents, guardians and the general public on free access to complusory basic education and also to tackle the menace of out school children in the state. During the Enrolment drive at the fruit market, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA and Bariga market, Bariga, the LASUBEB chairman stated that the drive is to mobilize communities to enrol their wards into public primary schools The enrolment drive was also taken to major bus-stops and markets due to its teeming population. According to Alawiye-King, the centers were strategically chosen for the exercise, based on the Board’s data on the prevailing numbers of out-of-school children in the communities. He said, “Primary education is compulsory for every child under the Child Rights Law. So, as a responsible parent, you must send your child to school.” He also stated that the Board is strongly against child labour, insisting that it is a punishable offence under the law. Alawiye-King said that for children to be able to compete with their peers globally, the state government had integrated technology into the classrooms to enhance learning and teaching outcomes in Lagos State public primary schools, under the EKOEXCEL initiative of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He noted that education is not only the responsibility of the government, but also of the parent and the community, charging them to encourage their wards to go to school. The drive featured veteran Nollywood actors, such as Ibrahim Chatta, Afiz Oyetoro, Funso Adeolu, Jide Kosoko, Yemi Solade, Ricardo Agbor, Ayo Badmus and Mama Ereko. While addressing the teeming community in Ikosi, Chatta noted that education is the key to knowledge, adding that basic education provides opportunity for children to become responsible. Chatta said, “Education is the best legacy parents can give to their children.” Ayo Badmus, another Nollywood actor urged parents to enrol children of school age into the state’s primary schools, noting that it is their right and they shouldn’t be deprived of it. Local governments and LCDAs visited included: Ikorodu Local Government Area, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Apapa/Iganmu LCDA, Mushin Local Government Area, Bariga LCDA, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, Agege Local Government Area, Yaba LCDA, Surulere Local Government Area and Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area.