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Sustainable Development and the Family conference - Nigeria
“There can be no development without education
and no quality education without the family”

Sustainable Development and the Family conference - Nigeria
Concept Note

Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. Sustainable development cannot be achieved by technological solutions, political regulation or financial instruments alone. We need to change the way we think and act. This requires quality education and learning for sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts.
Education is a fundamental human right and is indispensable for the achievement of sustainable development. We are only able to empower girls, combat climate change, fight inequality and end extreme poverty if all stakeholders, including business, commit themselves to advancing the education goal.
Thus, SDG4 is the best possible way to make sure that poverty can be eradicated, corruption can be prevented and the formal educational system can reach the level human dignity requires.
The main purpose of this conference is to gather both international and national experts in the quest of replies to the following questions:
- What lessons from the international experience can be learnt and applied to the Nigerian social model?
- What should be the right priorities and indicators to apply and assess SDG4?
- What is the role of the family in this process? How can it be promoted?

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Sustainable Development and the Family conference - Nigeria


Dr. Pat Utomi
Professor of Political Economy and Management Expert
Represented by Dr. Nosike Agokoi (Former chairman of John Holt)

Juan Elegido
Vice Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University

Sustainable Development and the Family conference - Nigeria


Charles Osezua
Positive effects on children of parental involvement in education
Dr. Osezua is the founder and Chairman of the Institute for Work and Family Integration (IWFI), a non-profit organization focusing on issues of work-family interface. He founded Gaslink Nigeria Limited. He served in various positions with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and was at the forefront of championing gas utilization and development initiatives, both within and outside of government. He also served as Special Assistant to the Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria on Petroleum Matters. He serves as the Chairman of the Owel-Linkso Group in Nigeria. Dr. Osezua has received a number of honors and awards in recognition of his pioneering work, amongst which are the Officer of the Order of Niger from the Federal Government of Nigeria in October 2005, the Knighthood of St. Gregory the Great from Pope Benedict the XVI in May 2006. He is an authority on the emerging West African gas market. He is a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a graduate of the Texas A&I University, USA.

Esuna Dugarova
Causes and consequences of youth unemployment for family formation and development
Dr. Dugarova is a Policy Specialist at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, where she specialises in social and family policy in transition economies and monitors the implementation of SDGs in developed and developing countries. Former Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva. During her time at UNRISD, Esuna has also acted as an external expert at the European Commission and lectured at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She also worked as a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science on new migration from the BRIC countries to the UK, did consultancy for the World Bank on social accountability and governance issues in China, and taught at the University of Cambridge. Originally from the Republic of Buryatia in Russia, Esuna holds a PhD degree from Cambridge University and a BA degree from St Petersburg State University. She is fluent in Russian, English and Mandarin Chinese and also speaks French and Burmese.

Madeleine Wallin
Lifelong effects of the infant-parent attachment
Madeleine has been president of the National Organization of Swedish Families Haro for many years, before becoming president of the European Federation of Parents and Carers at Home (FEFAF), the international organization that represents European at-home parents and carers at the European Union and the United Nations. As a mother of a large family, she has been advocating and studying the need for children to spend enough time with their parents during the early child education period. She also serves as a consultant to individual schools, as well as to school-boards and political decision-makers, on how to implement the developmental paradigm in schools and classrooms in areas of teachability, bullying and understanding adolescence. All her work has made her reach the best conditions to explain the pros and cons of the so-called advanced welfare societies and the role of famillies to prevent their counterback effects.

Ignacio Socias
The role of the family in education for sustainable development
Director of International Relations of the International Federation for Family Development, an umbrella organization for more than 200 Family Enrichment Centers that operate in 66 countries. He is also Director of International Relations of The Family Watch, a think tank committed to researching the family and finding solutions to the problems it faces. Currently, he represents IFFD in the FamiliesAndSocieties 7FP European Commission Project, the biggest European research on families, and has been part of high-level events on family at the European Parliament (2013 and 2014), Committee of the Regions (2012) and Economic and Social Committee(2014 and 2015). He is a Doctor in Law by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and has been CEO of the Grupo de Comunicación Dynamia and Bisel de Comunicación in Spain. He was Director of Communication of the 6th World Meeting of Families (Valencia, 2006) and has published various books and articles about educational, social and historical topics.

Modupe Adefeso-Olateju
Implications for public-private partnerships in education, regarding schools, effectiveness
CEO of The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre), a consultancy firm that supports an array of education partnership projects. She possesses a combination of cross-cutting skills and industry experience gained from a decade of leadership in the profit and non-profit sectors, and years of research into private sector participation in education. She served as a member of the Federal Minister of Education’s Technical Task Team (Nigeria). Modupe leads on a range of donor-funded education sector programmes where she provides technical assistance to aid evidence-based policy making. She supports government departments and non-state organizations in the areas of quantitative and qualitative research, strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation, reporting and overall programme management. She holds a PhD in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London, where her research assessed the effectiveness of public and private schools in Nigeria and explored implications for public-private partnership in education.

Ike Nnaedozie
Parental education and family well-being
Mr. Nnaedozie is the national president of the Nigerian Association for Family Development (NAFAD), a non-governmental organisation founded by a group of concerned parents eager to revitalize society by strengthening its most basic unit, the family. They are members of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) since 1995, as a duly registered non-profit organization made up of Nigerian parents interested in the development of quality family life both for themselves and for the whole of society. He has an extended experience in parenting courses, as he has been Course Coordinator using the ‘case method’ and facilitating and guiding the debates in small and large groups. He is also technical director at Dimacon Industries Ltd.

Adetunji Adegbesan
Learning achievement, livelihood and values
Dr. Adegbesan has a first-class honours degree in electronic engineering from the University of Nigeria, and a PhD in Strategic Management from IESE Business School. He is a member of the Strategy Group at Lagos Business School, where he leads sessions on competitive strategy and innovation in executive programmes as well as in the MBA, Executive MBA, and company-specific programmes. He has received recognition including the 2008 best divisional paper based on a recent dissertation, by the Academy of Management; and the 2007 African Scholar Award, by the Eastern Academy of Management-International. His published research has appeared in prestigious international journals such as the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Strategy Division of the global Academy of Management, as well as a past Global Representative for Africa of the Division.

Closing Remarks

Ronald Kayanja
Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lagos
Represented by Mr. Oluseye

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