The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has said the Federal Government is working hard to bring out-of-school children back to the classroom.
Orelope-Adefulire said this on Saturday at the 2020 Arise Women Conference in Lagos. The programme’s theme was ‘Deeply Rooted, #Staying Alive’.
The former Lagos State deputy governor said the Federal Government was not happy with the number of out-of-school children.
She said, “By next year, we will be able to give you good news about the number of children that are back in school. My office has carried out research and we have submitted the report to the three presidential ministerial committees. Very soon, the report will be taken to the executive for the steering committee that will be set up by the President to work on it.
“We are not happy having those numbers outside. We are constructing more schools and my office is working on curriculum improvement for the entire nation.”
The acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, advised women not to be afraid to make mistakes.
She said, “I want to encourage women; you do not have to be perfect to start something; please do start something; make your mistakes, forgive yourselves and keep moving.
“I was the first female Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. It was through an election and those who know me know that I’m pretty shy; I do not go about telling people this is what I’ve done, this is not what I’ve done but I found a way, I remained true to who I am. One of the ways for me to go round was to, first of all, send a message ahead to say ‘I’m coming to see you and we will be discussing the problems of the college. This gave me the courage.
“Why I’m saying all this is that you will need courage. So, it took me time to get up and go; don’t be afraid; you will be afraid, but what is important is to have the courage, knowing that God is behind you. It is not by your might, but by God’s might.”
The convener of the Arise Women Conference, Mrs Siju Iluyomade, said the conference had in the last 12 years worked and moved with courage.