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Regent Schools partner Nottingham University to boost teachers’ capacity


Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim.

As part of efforts to boost the capacity of her teachers in both secondary and primary arms, the management of Regent Schools, Abuja has sponsored 22 of its teachers for the University of Nottingham’s Post Graduate Certificate in Education (International) PGCEI.
After a successful completion of the programme, the teachers graduated at a colourful ceremony attended by eminent personalities including the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Sadanobu Ku Saoke, the Course Facilitator, Mr. Akif Naqvi, the Proprietress of the Regent Schools, Mrs. Amsa AbdulRazaq as well as the Regional Coordinator of the Nottingham University, Dr. Jenny Elliot.
The Minister said the certificate programme from the prestigious Nottingham University would enhance the capacity of the teachers to deliver instructions in a way that will make the students complete and all rounded.
She said,  “I want to praise the collaboration between Regent Schools and the University of Nottingham. This is a trailblazing effort in the educational landscape of our country. I am told that the Regent Schools represent no less than 20 nations. As such, I am confident that the net will indeed be cast far and wide, and the rewards will be immeasurable”, she said’. 

Dr. Elliot, on her part spoke on the international significance of the PGCEI for the teachers. She said the 22 teachers have been empowered to be among the best professional teachers in the world and therefore charged them to make the best use of the certificate programme.

The school proprietress, who described the 22 graduates as ‘’great teachers’’ expressed her satisfaction with the quality of training they received during the post graduate studies.

“I am proud to say that our teaching staff has had the opportunity to attend not only local but international conferences and training, which means travelling overseas to countries like South Africa, Kenya and United Kingdom.  We have set them on immersions- this is where they spend time in various schools in the UK to get a first-hand experience of what it feels like to be in actual UK independent school.  We have now enabled and enhanced our teachers even more by facilitating their participation in this international post graduate certificate programme in education from the University of Nottingham.”

The course facilitator, Mr. Akif Naqvi shared his experience of teaching across many countries of the world and explained that he had always been impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the staff of Regent Schools.
Responding on behalf of the graduates, Ms. Funmilola Adesanya praised the management and the Board of Regent Schools for investing in capacity development at a time when many organisations are laying of staff and cutting on staff training.

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