AFED LAUNCHES BUCKINGHAM TEACHERS TRAINING PROGRAM

Posted on Saturday 23 January, 2021

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AFED LAUNCHES BUCKINGHAM TEACHERS TRAINING PROGRAM

The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo had commended AFED for doing in promoting quality education in the country, particularly Lagos State, promising continued support and collaboration with the association in all her programs both as Commissioner and her personal capacity.

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About 300 Teachers in the 6 districts in Lagos State have been selected by the Association of Formidable Educational Development (AFED) to benefit from free Tablets to enhance their teaching skills.

The National President of our great association, Hon. Emmanuel Orji on Saturday during the launching of the AFED-Buckingham Teachers Training programme held at Maryland Lagos, stressed that about 300 teachers in low cost private schools across Lagos State have been selected as beneficiaries of a capacity building and competency training program for teachers, under an initiative at expanding qualitative and affordable education to every Nigerian child in all the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He said the teacher’s training program which is an exposure to technology and practices online and has a duration period of nine months ,for every batch is being organized by the Association for Formidable Educational Development, AFED and Buckingham University.

Hon. Emmanuel Orji expressed further that the program is at the moment free for all the 300 participants who are in addition given free tablets and WiFi to ensure seamless study throughout the nine months period.

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Hon. Orji while describing the AFED-Buckingham Teacher Training Program as a milestone and dream come true, stated that the overall objective is to ensure that children of poor parents who are mostly in low cost private schools get the best of education and be able to compete favourable with their counterparts in any part of the world.
He said the program has come to bridge the knowledge gap among some teachers in low cost schools, who found it difficult to properly educate themselves and acquire the right competency training, because of financial constraints.
According to him, “For what it is, low cost private schools hardly pay reasonable money to teachers and as a result, some of them actually do not have the requisite competencies that they require to deliver.
Despite the fact that there is result showing that what we are doing in low cost schools is far better that what obtains in other places, we want to improve more. That’s why today is remarkable. He said; Our association is collaborating with Buckingham University. This program is going to run for nine months, to train teachers and to certify them.

It is the teachers that actually drive the core objective as enshrined in the curriculum, so they must have certain competencies to deliver effectively. This program is aimed at addressing the knowledge gap and the skill gap that exists currently. We are aiming at ensuring that any child in any low cost private school can compete with their counterparts in any part of the world, he said.
Mr. Orji further stated the program was the manifestation of a journey that stated long ago, and expressed happiness that it finally became a reality.

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Professor James Tooley said during his speech made on zoom ,in the cause of it he left Newcastle University so that we can build up this privilege. Basically,my desire is to ensure that all teachers in low cost schools all over Nigeria get access to qualitative teaching that can improve their competencies in delivering what actually the Nigerian child needs to be the best, he noted.

He also noted that the 300 beneficiaries are from the six educational districts in Lagos State which is chosen for the pilot stage, and after which, the program would be extended to all the geopolitical zones in the country.
Earlier in a remark, Professor James Tooley who is the Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University, said that he was impressed with the achievements low cost schools in Nigeria, at making qualitative and affordable education accessable to children from poor homes.
According to him, based on records, two point one two children in Lagos are in low cost private schools and that they are doing well , with the ability to compete favourably with their peers elsewhere.

Professor Tooley said he was looking for Nigerians to partner with him to bring quality and affordable education to all children across Nigeria, including the north east region, thereby enabling the realization of the education for all target in the country and pointed out some keys we need to consider in Nigeria which one was that we must not discriminate and asked for teachers who could volunteer to come with him to the North east over educational duty



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The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo had commended AFED for doing in promoting quality education in the country, particularly Lagos State, promising continued support and collaboration with the association in all her programs both as Commissioner and her personal capacity.

Mrs. Adefisayo noted that she has a lot of good plans for the lowcost schools segment but were stalled by the pandemic. According to her, the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu has already earmarked 5 billion naira counterpart funding as credit access for the low cost private schools. This would enable the low cost schools’ owners to borrow and pay back within three years at only 9 % interest rate per annum.

Adefisayo urged the organisers through the zoom to encourage more in upgrading the teachers to have continuous positive impact for eternity also that they are the most critical element in the schools. While she said that Lagos is not committed to leave any child behind.

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In his presentation, the country project manager , Dr. Daramola Ibukun, a retired director, ministry of education, Lagos State, highlighted district centres in lagos for more enquiries and explained that teachers would be taught effective ways of using teaching aids to impact knowledge , judicious management of schools funds and innovative ways of teaching in this era of Covid-19 pandemic.

The event was attended by education stakeholders in the education sector in Lagos State as well as some senior lecturers in Buckingham University who participated virtually.



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