Story By: Oregbemi Olumide
Scheduled for Thursday, April 25, in Abuja, Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioners (UK) will train Nigerian educators on the necessity of innovative teaching.
Dr. Marcel Ezenwoye, the president of the association in Nigeria, while addressing our correspondent, reiterated that organizing this conference will help teachers and educators in Nigeria and Africa to discover a new way of engaging students in a wide variety of innovative, high impact educational experience, from designing educational games to research with real-world impacts.
Themed ‘Innovative Teaching Strategies’, Dr. Ezenwoye further stressed that the comparative advantage of the conference scheduled to hold at Educators House, 2 Justice Sowemimo Street, Opp Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, is to update on the current benefits of using innovations teaching strategies to improve teaching profession as it relates to global best practice and the future of Education.
‘The comparative advantage of the conference is to update on the current benefits of using innovations teaching strategies to improve teaching profession as it relates to global best practice and the future of Education. To exchange concrete experiences and lessons learned from sector captains in current practice of education. Participants and practitioners will be able to discover new technology to be used in teaching and research methodologies’, Ezenwoye said.
While stressing on those that should attend the conference, Dr Ezenwoye strongly admonished students, teachers, trainers, lecturers, professors, scholars, innovators and policy makers to take advantage of this conference.
In his opinion on the current state of education in Nigeria, Dr. Ezenwoye expressed deep concern about the degradation of education facilities and the declining literacy rate in the country.
‘I am worried about unpaid teacher salaries, degradation of education facilities at all levels and strikes in universities and schools.
The poor state of education in Nigeria is aptly captured in the National Empowerment Development Strategy as follows:
– The delivery of education in Nigeria has suffered from years of neglect, compounded by inadequate attention to policy frameworks within the sector.
– The national literacy rate is currently 57 percent. Some 49 percent of the teaching force is unqualified. There are acute shortages of infrastructure and facilities at all levels. Access to basic education is inhibited by gender issues and sociocultural beliefs and practices, among other factors. Wide disparities persist in educational standards and learning achievements. The system emphasizes theoretical knowledge at the expense of technical, vocational, and entrepreneurial education. School curricula need urgent review to make them relevant and practice oriented’, he said.
While addressing our correspondent on what he would do better if he became the education minister, he highlighted his strategies and policy plans for educational reform and development.
‘The first thing I will do is to draw up strategies, policies and plans for educational reform and development; and to draft relevant rules and regulations, and supervise their implementation.
I will take charge of the overall planning, coordination and management of all forms of education at various levels; to formulate, in collaboration with relevant departments, the standards for the setting-up of schools of all types at various levels; to guide the reform of education and teaching methods; and to take charge of the statistics, analysis, and release of basic educational information.
I will push for a policy to immediately increase teacher salaries. I will ensure that periodically teachers are trained and encouraged for professional development. I will Increase funding for public/private institution. I will review policy paper on establishment of higher institution in Nigeria. I will push for the establishment of a university of education across six geopolitical zone’, he said.
Dr. Ezenwoye, in explaining the programme and objectives of the institute, said CIEPUK has been acting as the voice of the academic profession for over 12 years through academic programs.
‘CIEPUK has been acting as the voice of the academic profession for over 12 years through academic programs. Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioners UK intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in education and beyond. The Institute maintains an association of professionally trained men and women in the field of Education. After its inauguration, the Institute has been engaging in the promotion and advancement of the knowledge and skills of a good cross-section of educational practitioners across the globe by providing adequate skilled man power in all aspect of education’, he said.