Mandatory development programme is essential for teachers
Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has stressed the need for teachers to continually develop themselves to be up to date with activities within the global educational sector.
Specifically, TRCN said continuous professional development has become mandatory for teachers to be able to renew their licence.
Registrar of the council, Prof. Ajiboye stated this during a zoom meeting to launch the training of 12,000 public school teachers by Teach for Nigeria (TFN), in collaboration with Profuturo, a digital educational initiative.
According to him, the whole learning environment would have to change. The dynamics are going to change and there is going to be new normal. Technology is going to aid education.
Ajiboye said: “The council has actually developed a programme where teachers are going to renew their licences of operation, they will be made to submit their profile so that they will be able to showcase the training programme they have attended and how that programme has impacted on their teaching activities.”
He lauded TFN for the initiative, which he said, would help many teachers upskill.
Chief Executive Officer, TFN, Folawe Omikunle, said 203 TFN fellows would be trained to cascade the training of teachers in schools where they serve.
She said TFN, a non-profit organisation that trains passionate people as teachers and places them in underserved communities, was partnering the Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Foundation and Empieza por Educar, which funds Profuturo to run the five-modular training that would expose the teachers to digital and other relevant pedagogical skills.
She added that selection would be based on interest on the part of the teachers.
“The first cohort of teachers will be the ones who are genuinely interested and passionate. It will be delivered in such a way that it will be cascaded through our fellows who are in the communities. The training will be in five modules,” she said.