Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government will back any partnership that tackles literacy and educational problems including the issue of out of school kids and girl child education in the country.
His spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement released today said Osinbajo revealed this when he received a delegation from Google Global Services in the US at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the VP, it is wise to focus on the area of literacy type skills which is why the government is currently working on the expansion of the entire scope of education, especially for girls.
He added that technology would also be involved to make going to school easier for these girls.
His words, “So, the question really is how we can use technology to make it easier for girls, in particular, to go to school, because if we somehow bring education to their doorsteps, it might take care of some of the problems around taking them out of their home environment.
“For us, our education mandate is so crucial; it is an interesting partnership – business, government and civil society working together. We are already looking forward to a lot of the great work that will be done.
“All of that fits into our education agenda which partly aims at addressing the out of school children and the girl child education issues.”
Speaking on behalf of the Google delegation, Mr Doron Avni said, “It is thanks to leading partners like him that we are able to be helpful in communities in which we operate.
“We had made a pledge to train 10 million people in Africa by 2022, I am happy to report to you that so far we have trained more than 5 million people; most important is the fact that out of those 5 million, 3 million are Nigerians.
“With the collaboration that we have with the Ministry of Education, we have now integrated some of Google’s curriculum on online safety into the school’s curriculum.
“So, we will be reaching 56 million students in Nigeria this year.”