Concept Notes/Justification
Education is the hub of all development and the cardinal objective of all development practices. Many countries, Nigeria inclusive are striving to find an optimal level of providing quality education to all their citizens so as to attain sustainable development. Without education, it will be difficult for governments to plan and implement policies that would lead to sustainable development.  This is the major reason why many countries of the world focus on Basic Education so as to produce good products for the other levels of education. The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are exiting this year, 2015, and the new initiative is on Sustainable Development Solutions, geared towards maintaining the gains of the MDGs and alleviating extreme poverty in the globe. Whatever dimension is the focus of the Post-2015 Agenda for sustainable development, education cannot be relegated to the background or neglected as no development is feasible without education.
Nigeria is a member of the United Nations and should join in searching for new ways and methods for refocusing on Post-2015 global development agenda. The aim is to eradicate extreme poverty and provide opportunities for man to survive in his environment. This led the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, to constitute a high level panel of eminent persons to form a network known as  Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to think out the new areas that will be the focus for the Post-2015 development agenda, Groups from different walks of life such as the academia, civil societies, business groups and other development organisations were mobilized to come together to proffer suggestions for solving societal problems so as to afford man to live a good life that is functional and sustainable. This research group will focus on the education sector and at all levels.
The essence of university is to create knowledge through research work, to produce human capital that would cater for the social, economic, political and moral development of the society. The University of Nigeria was founded ‘based on the concept of service to problems and needs of Nigeria’ (The university of Nigeria Calendar, 2007 – 2009: 43); and to be socially responsible. There are a barrage of issues, challenges and problems in the education sector in Nigeria today and it is the responsibility of universities to partner with the nation’s stakeholders to study the problems and collect evidence-based data which will be disseminated to appropriate quarters for implementation and consequent solution of the problems. There is therefore the need to have a research group to focus on education and sustainable development. This group will research on the gamut of issues and challenges experienced in education sector, especially in Nigeria, so as to contribute to the attainment of the post-2015 agenda of the United Nations.
Statement of Intent
As a university research group, whose membership span different knowledge domains in education, the intentions of the group are the following:
1.  To carry out research in different domains of education to promote sustainable development of the society.
2. Organize conferences, workshops and seminars,
3. To organise training for human capital development in education
4. To attract research grants to support the activities of the group.
5. To disseminate research findings in journals both local and international
6. To contribute to the promotion of the visibility of the University of Nigeria.
Research Focus
The group will focus on various areas relating to education and development challenges such as
Basic Education
Equity in education
Access to education
Gender and education
Environment and education
Quality assurance in education
Teacher Education (at all levels)
Curriculum development and implementation
Education and Community development
ICT and education
Education Policies.
Proposed Research Topics
To be presented at requests.
Members of the Group
Group Name:  Education and Sustainable Development Research Group
Coordinator:  Professor Catherine Ikodiya Oreh
Other Members
Prof Grace Chibiko Offorma
Dr Patricia Nkechi Uzoegwu
Engr  Nathan David
Dr Chiamaka Adaobi Chukwuone
Cajetan Ikechukwu Egbe
Chima Theresa Isife