KWETA is the Kwara State Education Transformation Agenda serving as a communique from the Kwara Education Futures Summit held in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, on the 5th of August, 2021.
It seeks to address the declining state of the educational system in the state through increased use of technology, creativity, emotional intelligence, complex problem solving skills and critical thinking. The pillars of KWETA address school infrastructure, teachers’ training, students’ attendance, quality of curriculum and learning, parents’ involvement and regulations to support school management. These problems are found to be at the root of the literacy decline in Kwara State.
Kwara (Yoruba: Ìpínlẹ̀ Kwárà) is a state in Central Nigeria. Its capital is Ilorin. The state is thickly polulated by people who speak Yoruba language, it also has significant Nupe, Bariba, and Fulani population. Kwara has a population of about 3.1 million people (2016).
Over the past decade, only a paltry 10% or less of Kwara’s annual budget has been allocated to education. At no time in the past decades has the government’s budget met the recommended budgetary provision for the education sector. Funds have also been concentrated in recurrent rather than capital expenditure, which is needed for long term impact and growth. More glaring is the wide-spread infrastructure deficits at schools and the dilapidation of their physical structures.
Solutions via the 5 pillars will address the problem areas relating to early childhood, Primary School, Secondary School, Vocational, Tertiary and even Continuous/Adult Education. In addition to these traditional aspects of education, Special Needs and Nomadic education have a special focus in Kwara State to ensure that no one is left behind.
Community Participation and Partnerships encompasses the involvement of the community in the educational sector and the development of civil society and private sector partnerships
These are different options available to potential partners to engage in the KWETA initiative. Partners are encouraged to choose any option that best appeals to them. Every single option and programme is relevant to this initiative and none is less important than the other.