The Edo state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has concluded the three-week long teacher professional development training programme geared at the retraining of teachers in public schools within the State in tech-based and modern teaching methods in order to enhance pupils’ learning and prepare them for a technologically driven 21st century.
The three weeks training exercise which was in 3 waves saw to the training of 4,600 teachers including N-Power and community teachers. Teachers were also equipped with teacher computers and smart phones which are part of the current instructional materials and technologies now utilized by public primary schools within the State.
Visiting the newly trained teachers at their training Site at the Samuel Ogbemudia Model College (Former New Era College), the Executive Governor of the State, Mr Godwin Obaseki in company of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shiabu, and APC party leaders and stalwarts, noted that they were in the training center to thank the teachers who made themselves available to be trained in the new pedagogy.
Governor Godwin Obaseki noted that his desire to provide quality education to the pupils of the State is propelled by his Party. “I want to assure you that my party is solidly behind me. I am not standing on my own. So, ignore and forget what you are reading in a section of the media. Those are people who want me to give them the money I should be using to train our teachers, provide for our children and develop the state. I will never give our people’s money to them. We do not have all the money in Edo but whatever we have, no matter how little, we will prioritise education…”, he noted.
The Governor stressed his administration’s commitment to the development of basic education in the state as education remains pivotal to the social and economic development of any nation. Through a subsidiary of the Edo BEST initiative known as Edo STAR (Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results), the government will provide necessary support to assist teachers in achieving results in and outside the classroom as it relates to pupils’ academic performance, through constant training and retraining. Hence, the state is investing in the development of teachers’ capacity building.
Presenting the teachers to the Governor, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Edo State, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, noted that the Wave 3 training sections concluded the Phase III of the Teacher Professional Development programme which is in furtherance of the Edo best initiative. She pointed out that 4,600 teachers including N-power and community teachers participated in the 3 waves. According to the Chairman “Beginning this term, 929 public primary schools out of 1,117 are now in the Edo BEST programme.”
The teachers were also presented certificates of participation. One of the teachers from Ezoti primary school in Ovia south West LGA, Mrs Roseline Ediagbonya appreciated the Governor for the opportunity to improve themselves, stressing that with the new pedagogy, teachers will now effectively deliver their lesson plans which will in turn enhance the learning capacity of the pupils.
As it stands, approximately 12,000 teachers have been trained in the Edo BEST tech-based programme since April 2018. The Governor Godwin Obaseki administration has demonstrated an ardent commitment to revamp basic education in the State using the Edo BEST model as a framework to achieving that objective.
Edo BEST provides quality education for every child.
Photo 2: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (3rd left); his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu (3rd right); Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq. (2nd left), Edo State Head of Service, Mr. Isaac Ehiozuwa (2nd right); Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board and Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr Joan Osa Oviawe (right); Commissioner for Education, Hon. Emmanuel Agbale, with teachers who completed the Edo BEST training programme.