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‘Nigeria Needs Education Curriculum Review to enhance Skills acquisition’

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Over 100 students have benefitted from free training in filmmaking by Graig Philips College of Technology (GPtech).

About 50 of the graduating students in the August 2017 session have produced at least 10 short films, which were premiered last Friday, September 22, at Cuba Libre Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to the Vice President, GPtech, Longe Bankole-Philips, the college is a multimedia mono-technic accredited by the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) to develop and nurture talented and hardworking students in the art of filmmaking through a two-year programme and short courses, with the award of certificates at the end of each course.

“We want to raise creative entrepreneurs in the industry, Bankole-Philips said. “The creative industry needs to move to the next level in Nigeria in using training and capacity building. GPtech is established to train and empower the young ones, who are aspiring to become creative professionals in the industry. From the training, they can separate themselves from the rest.”

He said the Nigerian viewers ship is shifting to foreign content due to its quality, adding that there is need for Nigeria to step up in local content, in terms of quality production, cinematography, lighting, sound, among others; noting that at GPtech students are equipped with the right technology, as well as foreign curriculum to enable their films to have quality contents.

Philips noted that there was a need for Nigeria to review its education curriculum for more entrepreneurial skills rather than in theoretical.

According to him: “The reason why people abroad are better than us is that they do more of practical and also have better equipment to train their students. It is not that we at home don’t have good facilitators or institutions. Some of our graduates don’t know what they want to do because there is no entrepreneurial skills or programmes in our institutions to give commercial value. We need our business gurus to be stakeholders of our curriculum designing because they are the people who will employ the graduates.

“Our curriculum is foreign-oriented, not local so students graduate with about five skill sets when they stay for six months. We are here to build capacity. There is a need for us to fine-tune or set up a national conference on the educational curriculum in Nigeria as our curriculum has been in existence for a long time, which needs to be reworked.”



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