Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, has said that the University of Ibadan is ready to collaborate with the World Bank in its “Out-of-School Project” to boost the institution’s efforts in promoting literacy.
The Acting VC divulged this when Dr Olatunde Adekola, a World Bank education expert, paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Tuesday, 04 May 2021.
The Acting VC also showed the education expert the outstanding efforts made by the management, staff and students towards achieving the current global ranking of the University.
He specially thanked World Bank for embarking on the “Out-of-School Project”, designed to enrol more children in school and to promote the interest of education in the hearts of those who are currently in school, saying that the Bank has been of great help to the University and the society, in general.
Following the effort of the World Bank to make universities service providers, Prof. Ekanola said his Institution would be willing to collaborate with the World Bank in realising this goal.
Dr Olatunde Adekola, the Senior Education Specialist, World Bank, in his early address, said the priority of World Bank is the “Out-of-School Project”.
According to him, “this will ensure that children, especially those in villages, get educated, which will include establishing schools in villages, and ensuring that the present school children do not stop going to school.”
The international education expert said that the purpose of visiting the University of Ibadan is to support teaching and research through affiliation.
“The World Bank now thinks of how to position the University system beyond providing funds. Therefore, World Bank sees Universities as service providers that should not be seeking funds but should be the one providing funds, as other parastatals that do not depend fully on the government.”
Accompanying Dr Adekola on the visit were the Director, Institute of Education, Prof. Olugbenga Adewale and other staff of the Institute of Education: Prof. Folajogun Falaye, Prof. Adams Onuka, Prof. Modupe Osokoya, Prof. Adenike Emeke, Prof. Monica Odinko, Dr Abijo Ayobami, Dr Serifat Akorede, Dr Felix Ibode, Mrs Adejoke Akinpelu and Mrs Chioma Ekemezie.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi O. Faluyi; University Librarian, Dr Helen Komolafe-Opadeji; Dean, Students Affairs, Prof. ‘Keye Abiona; Deputy Registrar, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mr Oluwole Dada; Director, University Advancement Centre, Mr Adebowale Adeosun; Director, Directorate of Public Communication, Mr Olatunji Oladejo ably represented by Mr Olukunle Oladipo.