FG, W’Bank partner on training teachers to digitalise Nigerian students
Federal Government and World Bank have collaborated to improve knowledge of teachers in federal technical colleges with 21st Century skills to digitalise students.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Andrew Adejo, represented by Director of Technology and Science Education, Mrs. Grace Jakko, made the disclosure, yesterday, while declaring open a workshop on development of in-service training of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teachers and instructors in Abuja.
He stressed the need to strengthen technical schools and increase availability of competent and motivated teachers and instructors.
Adejo explained that the workshop presented a different economy and society with profound implications on education and skill development in TVET.
He advised that the skill development system in Nigeria must adapt to emerging trends of globalisation for economic viability.
His words: “All federal technical teachers in the 27 technical schools across the federation will be trained and captured in this component, and the five states that are participating in the Innovation Development and Effectiveness in Acquisition of Skills (IDEAS) Project will be captured.
“I am very certain that we expect so much from the teachers, administrators and project implementers.”
National Project Coordinator, IDEAS, Mrs. Blessing Ogwu, said the purpose of the programme was to develop a comprehensive structure for training technical teachers in the country.
She expressed confidence that collective knowledge and expertise would engender a framework that could effectively prepare technical teachers to meet challenges of the future.
On her part, a World Bank consultant, Dr. Mistura Rufai, disclosed that entire IDEAS Project was about $200 million, stressing that teachers’ training is one of the components, with about $25 to $30 million budget for upgrade of teachers in Nigeria.
Saying the training was yet to begin, she stated that the requisite needed to be in place to fast-track its kick-off this year.