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Ministry trains 10,000 teachers and educators

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Government launches 37 Smart Schools in collaboration with UBEC in all states.

Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has announced that about 10,000 teachers and educators have received training in preparation for the nationwide launch of the Smart Education program. This announcement came as the minister unveiled the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Digital Resource Centre, aimed at enhancing the execution of smart education initiatives in Nigeria. Prof. Mamman oversaw the project’s inauguration in Kado, Abuja, emphasising its role in creating a modern educational setting for teachers and students to thrive.

So far, the teachers and educators have undergone training at the Digital Resource Centre to prepare for the launch of 37 Smart Schools constructed by the Federal Government in collaboration with UBEC in all 36 States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. He stated that the centre is unmatched globally, emphasising that there is no better opportunity than the present to advance digital Technology in learning, particularly with the current government focusing on establishing vocational schools nationwide under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership.

High standards of service will be maintained in the centre.

He assured that all necessary measures would be taken to make sure the centre is upgraded promptly and maintains high standards of service. Senator Natasha Akpoti Uduaghan, who represents Kogi Central in the Senate, emphasised the importance of ensuring that learning is standardised worldwide. She believes that a digital resource centre is crucial for Nigeria to achieve this goal, as it would enable every child to have access to the same educational materials as children in other countries.

In her role as the head of the Senate Local Content Committee, she promised that the committee would work hand in hand with the centre to achieve its important goals. Similarly, Senator Lawal Adamu, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, supported her perspective and praised UBEC for the introduction of the digital resource centre. He emphasised the importance of a modern educational facility in driving global progress, as this in turn, will boost the country’s Productivity.

UBEC is responsible for overseeing learning quality.

Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, expressed that the creation of the centre represents a significant achievement in Nigeria’s efforts to enhance digital education. He emphasised that UBEC is responsible for overseeing educational quality in Nigeria and is utilising innovative methods, such as the establishment of the Digital Resource Centre, to incorporate technology into education. The goal is to guarantee that both students and teachers are equipped with digital resources in an increasingly globalised society.

His main focus is on delivering top-notch digital content to users as a way to connect traditional and contemporary forms of education. Their vision is to ensure that all children in Nigeria are able to receive high-quality education, he expressed. In addition, it is crucial to focus on the ongoing training and development of teachers in order to successfully implement technology into their teaching strategies. Although the teachers who have already been trained are a positive achievement, it is vital to provide continuous support for educators to improve their Digital Literacy abilities and integrate new teaching approaches.

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Effective collaboration among schools, parents, and the broader community is crucial for ensuring that digital education benefits all students and enhances overall educational quality. Additionally, monitoring and assessing the impact of the digital resource centre and Smart Education program on student learning outcomes is essential. Evaluating the effectiveness of these initiatives will offer valuable insights into their achievements and opportunities for enhancement. Nigeria’s education system can secure its long-term success and prepare students for a rapidly changing world by consistently assessing and adjusting educational methods using data-driven proof.


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