Edo State has developed legacy template for its educational transformation programme with the launch of EdoBEST project.
Primarily, EdoBest’s strategy is to develop and use evidence-based and result-focused planning, budgeting and sector performance monitoring to drive basic education service delivery.
Edo State adopted the Federal Government Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme in 2005 by enacting the State UBE Law which set up the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs).
The free and compulsory education programme is intended to provide every child of school age resident in Edo State, regardless of state of origin, access to quality education from primary up to the completion of junior secondary school.
Interestingly, few days back, Governor Godwin Obaseki launched the EdoBEST 2.0 which extends the programme to secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
With this tactical move, the State has adoption an integrated approach to school improvement to ensure a balanced attention to, and coordination of all necessary inputs and interventions in basic education and secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions for synergy and improved results.
The State has now incorporated these levels of educational training in its approach domesticating the national (basic) education curriculum to suite the specificities of Edo State and its development goals and objectives.
Importantly, there will be efficient and effective teacher recruitment, deployment and professional development system that will ensure the availability of adequate competent and highly motivated headteachers and teachers in the state.
While launching EdoBEST 2.0 in Benin, the State capital, Governor Obaseki, said, “I have expanded the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme to capture secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the state.
“At the inauguration of EdoBEST 2.0, at the Government House, in Benin City, I stated that the expansion became necessary to ensure that secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the state benefit from the gains in digital teaching recorded in primary schools through the EdoBEST programme, which was inaugurated in 2018.
“As far as we are concerned in the state, the EdoBEST programme is one of our greatest achievements. We are very happy that EdoBEST has gained global and local recognition.
“We want to replicate the successes and achievements that we have made in EdoBEST to EdoBEST 2.0, which is meant to capture our secondary schools and higher institutions in our dear state.
Commending the Chairperson, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (Edo-SUBEB), Dr. Joan Osa-Oviawe, for ensuring the success of the initiative, the governor noted that EdoBEST would not have been successful if not for the chairperson and her team.