…12,000 under-served teachers for skills’ training
he need to equip public primary school teachers with relevant teaching skills towards ensuring that continuous learning is not hindered in the face of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic interferences to the education ecosystem, especially in under-served schools in the country, has been intensified.
Under the programme facilitated by the Teach for Nigeria in partnership with ProFuturo is to train 12,000 public school teachers in Lagos, Kaduna and Ogun States.
Teach For Nigeria is a non-profit organisation focused on expanding life opportunities for children in under-served schools in Nigeria, while ProFuturo is a digital education programme founded by Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Foundation, and Empieza por Educar, a non-profit organisation that works to achieve educational equity.
While launching the partnership between Teach For Nigeria and ProFuturo for public school teachers’ training programme on ZOOM, the Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Nigeria, Folawe Omikunle, harped on the imperative and need for education sector to find creative ways of ensuring continuous learning of the children as the world continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is why we have partnered ProFuturo; teachers will be better equipped to deliver quality education beyond the four walls of the classroom. I am confident that this initiative will, in many ways, contribute significantly to the development of the Nigerian education sector and ensure that all children, regardless of their background, receive quality education for better life outcomes in the future,” she said.
Meanwhile, this innovative training programme is aimed at positioning the teachers as classroom leaders, enhancing their pedagogical and digital skills through a very practical and structured curriculum that provides them with teaching tools and peer-to-peer support.
Also in his remarks, the Board Chairman, Teach For Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, said that teachers as classroom leaders needed to be equipped with teaching challenges in view of the exigency to change the dynamics of teaching in schools.
Oyebode, who noted that COVID-19 has reinvented the wheel of teaching and classroom arrangements, also insisted that education could not wait as “we need to continually push the frontiers.”
“The training will be delivered through Teach For Nigeria fellows, who will then cascade the formation delivering a quality training to public primary school teachers across the different Teach For Nigeria states of operation of Ogun, Lagos and Kaduna respectively,” Omikunle added.
The training, New Telegraph learnt had since commenced on Monday, May 11, and it is expected to run for one year.
Omikunle further noted: “As we continue to observe social distancing rules and restrictions placed on movement due to COVID-19, the training will be delivered via relevant digital platforms. This will ensure that the training is not further delayed and that teachers can acquire relevant teaching skills to ensure continuous learning and contribute to mitigate the effects of the closure of schools due to COVID-19 on education.”
On her part, the General Manager of ProFuturo, Magdalena Brier, who pointed out that “schools across the world had been closed, but that education could not wait,” however, said that the future of millions of children depends largely on quality education.
She added: “In this context, we must resort to the power of remote digital education, which today has more meaning than ever. ProFuturo has been working in this field for nearly four years, taking digital education to every corner of the world to prepare teachers and students for the challenges of the digital era.”