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UK Government Renews Commitment to Enhancing Education in Nigeria

UK Government Renews Commitment to Enhancing Education in Nigeria

The UK government has restated its dedication to bolstering Nigeria’s pursuit of delivering top-tier education.

During her visit to the construction site of Charterhouse School’s new campus in Lekki Ajah, Lagos State, South West Nigeria, Kemi Badenoch, the UK’s Minister for Business and Trade, emphasised this commitment.

A statement from the British High Commission elucidated that Charterhouse School in Nigeria aspires to provide a robust academic programme coupled with comprehensive day and boarding facilities, with a keen focus on fostering a vibrant array of intra- and extra-curricular activities encompassing sports, arts, and science.

Scheduled to commence operations in September 2024, the school aims to cater to primary and secondary students from Nigeria and beyond.

Highlighting recent diplomatic negotiations, the statement noted the removal of constraints on transnational education investment in Nigeria valued at approximately £50 million, facilitating partnerships between UK higher education institutions and their Nigerian counterparts.

Kemi Badenoch, the UK Minister for Trade and Business, remarked, “We hope this first major investment into Nigeria’s education sector will pave the way for more. It’s brilliant to see the progress of the construction work at the Charterhouse site—the first UK-independent school in West Africa. The UK education system is rightly renowned around the world, and I hope the school will deliver a world-class learning experience to many students who choose to study here in Nigeria.”

John Todd, the Director of Education at Charterhouse School, expressed gratitude for the visit, affirming the institution’s dedication to upholding British educational standards and delivering excellence in Nigeria’s educational landscape.

During her stay in Lagos, Minister Badenoch is slated to engage with various key stakeholders, including Standard Chartered Bank, Avanti Satellite Communications, IHS Towers, and the British development finance institution, British International Investment (BII), to explore avenues for fostering bilateral trade and investment opportunities.

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