The UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean on Monday said it is providing support for former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s newly formed Organisation, Future Perspectives, partnering to launch the “Innovation to Transform Education Training” in Nigeria.
The media office of Prof. Osinbajo disclosed this in a statement signed on Monday titled ‘UNESCO backs Osinbajo’s new organisation to transform education through innovation.’
“Future Perspectives, a non-profit co-founded by the Immediate Past Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will work with the UNESCO agency to equip young educational stakeholders with skills of innovation, policy and project implementation to support their role as changemakers, capable of developing and implementing their initiatives, as well as other collective efforts to transform education now and for future generations,” the statement read in part.
With a focus on Africa, the Organisation will work to shape the Future of the World and weave the voices of Africa’s youth into global conversations, the office said.
Osinbajo reasoned that youth participation and activism would not only create a profound impact within the region but also bring forth the invaluable perspectives of Africa to the global stage.
The Office said this collaboration with UNESCO serves as the springboard of personal initiatives Prof. Osinbajo would be working on since leaving office in May 2023 and as he stated in the past, “education must respond to the dynamism, speed of development and massive changes in society, and educators must be trained to understand the skills required to take full advantage of a world dependent on technology.”
The project is part of the capacity-building component of the United Nations Global Youth Initiative, a ground-breaking multi-stakeholder global initiative for “Youth to be equipped with policy and project implementation skills to transform education.”
It would also include the UNESCO Better Innovation Better Outcome Academy, which focuses on “Youth Empowerment and Leadership,” led by IESALC.
UNESCO said it is launching the ITET as a pilot in Nigeria through Future Perspectives because of Prof. Osinbajo’s continued commitment to ensuring that Nigerian youths have access to quality education, using technology and innovation to be competitive locally and globally, said the Office.
It added that while the consultation process began in July 2023, the upskilling training provided to ITET’s first cohort will occur in November 2023, gathering 50 young people from diverse sociocultural backgrounds and different connections to education in Nigeria.
As an important regional hub, “organisers hope the Nigerian pilot will ignite collaborative efforts for launching Innovation to Transform Education Trainings in other African countries affected by similar challenges among their youth populations,” the statement read.