Kwara state government in partnership with the Cambridge University Press has organized two days seminar training for English and Mathematics Teachers, teaching in the state Public schools.
The capacity training for the selected 1000 Teachers drawn from Junior and Senior Secondary Schools across the sixteen local government areas in the state commenced on Tuesday 24th of August in Ilorin, the state Capital.
The beneficiaries Teachers are expected to be trained on modern approaches to teachings of selected subjects with a view to facilitating the students’ assimilation and promoting the rate of academic success.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the seminar, the Country Manager for Cambridge University Press, Mr. Lawrence Aladesuyi attributed the partnership to steadfastness of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to change the ugly narratives in the education sector of the state.
Saying that the firm was satisfied with AbdulRazaq’s renewed investments in education over time, a development he said informed their choice for Kwara as a state to partner with.
“We see Kwara as a state with a lot of interest in education. We follow events and we have been seeing what the governor has been doing, building schools, improving schools and payment of teachers salaries. So, we chose Kwara because we found people here very much interested in education and we found the governor very much interested in education. Education is not only for the governor, it is for all of us. We are partnering with the government as part of our corporate social responsibility”
“You need to expose teachers to current pedagogy in teaching. We need to expose them to how to handle the curriculum in the classroom. Classroom management is a major issue in every society. So, we are trying to train them, to educate them in order to make better use of educational materials for the betterment of the children,”
Governor AbdulRazaq, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Hajia Sa’adatu Kawu at the opening ceremony charged the participants to be dynamic and innovative in a way that their respective students will have interest in whatever they teach them.
“As teachers, you need to be innovative. Make sure students love your subjects no matter how difficult the subjects are. That is how to know a good teacher. So, I am happy that the seminar will focus on topics that are difficult. Please listen attentively and be focused”