In a bid to continually lead the conversation on Education and other societal issues, the Akin Ogunbiyi Foundation is set to host the 2nd edition of her Annual Lecture Series. The virtual event which has been scheduled for the 29th of October 2020 with the theme, “The new normal and the case for alternative schooling in Nigeria”.
While commenting on the theme for this year’s event, the Coordinator of the Foundation, Dare Ojo said, the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has no doubt adversely affected the global economy and the Educational Sector. It has forced many businesses to temporarily shut down and many governments across the world forced to restrict human movement via social distancing in a bid to flatten the curve.
According to him, “the severe impact of the pandemic on the educational sector has led to new conversations which are imperative to advance the sector. The foundation has decided to place the spotlight on the current phenomenon with the belief that the Nigerian educational sector needs to examined and a way forward should be professed for the educational sector in the country.”
This year, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos and the President, Nigeria Academy of Science, Prof Oyewusi Ibidapo Obe will lead other professionals in charting the way forward for the development of our dear nation’s educational imperatives.
It is expected that the lecture will examine the policy thrusts and pragmatic options to navigate the current crisis in the Nigerian (and African) education sector, due to the current global pandemic and restricted access to learn.
The Akin Ogunbiyi foundation is set up as philanthropic gestures of Dr Ogunbiyi, Group Chairman, Mutual Benefit Assurance Group, who is renowned for supporting various students with scholarship awards both within and outside the country. The Foundation seeks for inclusive growth and progress for every Nigerian and by extension Africans in addressing the root cause of poverty and degradation. The cardinal pillars of the organization include Health; Education; Empowerment; Leadership and Poverty Alleviations.