Teachers tasked on continuous learning, self-development
To mark the World Teachers Day, Standard Mandate International ((SMI), a school support services consultancy outfit has advised teachers to engage in continuous improvement to optimally deliver to their students.
The Managing Consultant and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nelson Ayodele gave the advise during a symposium organised by the firm with the theme, ‘Exploring Kaizen’ a Japanese principle of continuous and never ending improvement,’ held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Ayodele opined that the teaching environment has become engaging and demanding in many ways, therefore both new and experienced educators are challenged to understand the nature of the present teaching and learning environment and how other sociological factors impact it, directly and indirectly.
He added that to redefine productivity and achieve it, educators are brought to close familiarity with the Japanese Kaizen principle. He said: “Kaizen means continues improvement, involving everyone, in this case the school, the organisation from top management, to educational managers then to supervisors and to the teaching and non teaching personnel in the school.
On his part, Executive Editor of The Guardian Newspapers, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo who was one of the guest speakers, expressed optimism that the dignity of teachers would be restored soon and tasked teachers to engage the children in creative activities.
He noted that teachers at all levels, play an important role in molding the lives of the children and are responsible for what they turn out to be in future.
He said, “I want you to rise as kings and queens because it is that confidence that will make you to play your roles well. A time will come that teachers will be so priced, people will no longer have the opportunity to send their children to schools abroad, Authorities whether deliberately or by omission make schools so poor in this country that they are now sending their wards overseas.”
Managing Director and CEO, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Yoyin Adesina, identified socioeconomic, poor and underprivileged access to basic educational services, poverty and underdevelopment among others as barriers to learning and learner development.
“Government, private school owners and teachers in Nigeria, and indeed across the 21st century global space, must come to terms with the troubling fact that negative and harmful attitudes towards differences in our society remain a critical barrier to learning and development.
“Discriminatory attitude resulting from prejudice against people on the basis of race, class, gender, culture, disability, religion, ability, sexual preference and other characteristics manifest themselves as barriers to learning when such attitudes are directed towards learners in the education system.”
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