The initiative collaborates with the Ibironke Adeagbo (IA)-Foundation, a British charity actively involved in Nigeria

London Borough of Southwark Mayor Takes Stand Against Nigeria’s Education Crisis

Mayor of London Borough of Southwark, Michael Situ, collaborates with IA-Foundation to host a diaspora event addressing Nigeria’s out-of-school crisis
The initiative aims to engage UK-based Nigerians, politicians, philanthropists, and corporates to combat the educational challenge in Nigeria

Nigeria, despite being Africa’s most populous country and boasting a rich cultural heritage, faces a severe education crisis. A significant number of children are currently out of school, lacking access to even the most basic educational opportunities. Factors such as poverty, insecurity, and inadequate infrastructure contribute to this alarming situation, leaving a substantial portion of Nigeria’s youth without the tools they need to build a brighter future.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Mayor Michael Situ has joined forces with the IA-Foundation to address Nigeria’s education crisis head-on. The collaborative initiative involves hosting a diaspora event that brings together key stakeholders to discuss and strategize effective solutions. By engaging UK-based Nigerians, politicians, philanthropists, and corporates, Mayor Situ aims to harness collective expertise, resources, and influence to make a tangible impact on the educational landscape in Nigeria.

Diaspora communities play a crucial role in addressing global challenges, and Mayor Situ’s initiative exemplifies the potential for positive change when diaspora members actively engage in addressing issues affecting their countries of origin. The event provides a platform for the UK-based Nigerian community to contribute their insights, experiences, and resources towards finding sustainable solutions for Nigeria’s education crisis.

To address Nigeria’s alarming out-of-school children crisis, Mr. Michael Situ, Mayor of the London Borough of Southwark, has expressed his commitment to hosting members of Nigeria’s diaspora community in the UK.

The initiative collaborates with the Ibironke Adeagbo (IA)-Foundation, a British charity actively involved in Nigeria. Mayor Situ will host key figures, including captains of industry, politicians, philanthropists, and delegates, to address the pressing issue of out-of-school children.

CEO of IA-Foundation, Ibironke Adeagbo, revealed in a telephone interview that the event, scheduled for early next year at the Southwark Civic Townhall near London Bridge, aims to spotlight the foundation’s work, impact, and key findings over the years. The focus is to engage the Nigerian diaspora community in the UK to impact education back home positively.

This move comes as part of IA-Foundation’s ongoing efforts to bring global attention to the educational crisis in Nigeria. The event intends to mobilize the international community, attracting support to combat the menace of out-of-school children in Nigeria.

Adeagbo emphasized the significance of involving members of the UK Parliament, UK councillors, politicians, philanthropists, and delegates from corporate organizations. The goal is to ensure that the international community plays a pivotal role in developing Nigeria’s robust and functional educational system.

Established in 2019 by Nigerian-born, England-raised Adeagbo, IA-Foundation has consistently demonstrated a passionate commitment to addressing the out-of-school crisis in Nigeria.

In 2022, UNESCO reported that Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has an estimated 20.2 million out-of-school children, the highest on the continent. Despite this alarming statistic, Adeagbo, a chartered accountant, has been tirelessly using the foundation to draw international attention to the crisis.

The foundation recently organized a summit in Lagos, bringing together prominent Nigerians and activists to discuss the out-of-school problem. Looking ahead, IA-Foundation plans to host a fundraising event in Lagos next March to further its mission of taking more children off the streets and into classrooms.

President Bola Tinubu has also assured Nigerians that his administration is committed to pulling Nigeria out of the education crisis and positioning the country on a path of glory.


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