#FixPolitics, an initiative designed to “structurally change and innovate politics” in Nigeria and Africa, is set to commence operations at its School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG).
The #FixPolitics initiative was launched in February by Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, in collaboration with the Robert Bosch Academy.
The SPPG is an unconventional school that is part of the group’s agenda to build “value-based political thinkers of economic and human development” in Africa.
According to a statement by Ozioma Ubabukoh, #FixPolitics spokesperson, the school, designed to provide a threshold of knowledge for public office seekers, will begin to accept applications in January 2021.
FixPolitics said the school is designed to transform Africa’s politics, adding that the foundational programme would come with a blend of “global, continental and Nigerian-based learning”.
It said the school will cover courses in politics, ethics and leadership; political economy and engagement in a democracy; economic and sector policies for inclusive growth and shared prosperity; good governance, institutions building and citizens’ engagement; trends in public leadership and innovations and running for political office and capstone community projects.
“An unconventional school of the research-anchored #FixPolitics initiative is uniquely designed to transform politics in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, by building a massive base and pipeline of a new value-based and disruptive thinking political class with the requisite knowledge and skills to solve complex problems of development,” the statement read.
“It is a transformative opportunity for current and future leaders with a commitment to public service.
“We offer a unique opportunity for our students to learn from leading academics and practitioners in the fields of politics, policy, and governance as they interact among themselves to build a new class of political leadership talent base for Nigeria.”
Alero Ayida-Otobo, interim chief executive officer of SPPG, described the school as “a game-changer”
She said: “This is what we have been waiting for – an opportunity to build a new class of political leaders known for their character, competence and strong capacity to deliver on their promise of good governance and excellent leadership.”