Youth leaders, students, educators, religious leaders, traditional rulers and Civil Society Advocates across North Central and Nigeria gathered in Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria, on February 22nd for a significant event aimed at advancing Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) – Quality Education. Organized by the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI), in collaboration with the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), the Youth Consultation Caucus on Agenda 2030 provided a platform for robust discussions and strategic planning to address the challenges hindering the realization of quality education for all.

The event commenced with an enlightening panel discussion, where experts in the field shared valuable insights on the multifaceted challenges and promising opportunities associated with SDG4. Topics ranged from access to education in marginalized communities to the importance of inclusive and equitable quality education for sustainable development.

Throughout the day, participants actively engaged in strategic breakout sessions, delving into specific issues affecting education in Nigeria and brainstorming practical solutions. From addressing disparities in educational resources to enhancing teacher training programs, the discussions were marked by a spirit of collaboration and a shared commitment to effecting positive change.

Mr. Olasupo Abideen, the Global Director of BBYDI, emphasized the significance of youth involvement in shaping the future of education, stating, “The youth are not just leaders of tomorrow; they are active participants in driving change today. By harnessing the energy and creativity of young people, we can accelerate progress towards achieving SDG4 and ensuring that every child receives a quality education.”

The event concluded with a sense of optimism and determination, as participants left equipped with actionable strategies and a strengthened network of like-minded individuals dedicated to advancing the cause of quality education. The outcomes of the caucus will serve as a roadmap for ongoing initiatives by the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, as they continue their advocacy efforts to transform the educational landscape in Nigeria and beyond.

As Nigeria strives to meet its commitments under Agenda 2030, events like the Youth Consultation Caucus serve as vital platforms for fostering collaboration, innovation, and collective action towards building a more inclusive and equitable education system for all.