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The Federal Government has launched a new teacher development programme, Teacher Internship Scheme, TIS, to equip teachers with requisite skills and knowledge to implement smart education in Nigeria.…CONTINUE READING

The scheme, which was flagged off by the Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, on Wednesday in Abuja, was introduced by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, to address the dearth of teachers in the field of smart education.

The commission had established 37 Smart Schools across the country with technical support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, and commitment of about $10.4 million to the project.

While flagging off the scheme in Abuja, the minister also inspected the facility established to serve as a hub for creating and distributing resources to schools as well as training the school personnel.

Mamman expressed the commitment of the Federal Government towards provision of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, infrastructure for enhanced teaching and learning in the country.

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According to him, ICT has dominated every spectrum of life and Nigeria must make a paradigm shift from the traditional method of teaching children using blackboard and chalk.

He commended the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi and his management team for the initiative, noting that one could not be talking of quality of education without teachers with the right skills and knowledge to drive the process.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Bobboyi, explained that participants of the Teacher Internship Scheme, are graduates of education selected based on merit from all the states of the federation and are expected to go through intensive training for two years.

“It is envisaged that at the end of the two-year programme, the Interns would emerge as a new breed of teachers, equipped with the skills and knowledge to harness the power of technology and transform the learning experience.

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“They would not just be teachers; they will be smart teachers who would be innovators, catalysts for change, and architects of a brighter future for the Nigerian child,” he said.

He said this was a significant step forward in the on-going quest to transform Basic Education in Nigeria, adding that the world is changing at an unprecedented pace, with technology impacting on every aspect of our lives, including education.

Bobboyi further stated that the traditional method of teaching and learning is no longer adequate to prepare learners for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, hence the need to expose Nigerian teachers to digital platforms and pedagogies for them to rise to the challenge of preparing the next generation of Nigerian children to survive and thrive in a globalized and competitive world.

“The Universal Basic Education Commission’s response was the introduction of its SMART Schools programme. This led to the construction of 37 SMART Schools, one in each State and FCT, and the establishment of 109 e-learning Centres.

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Also speaking, the Country Director, Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, Nigeria Office, Mr Son Sungil, disclosed that KOICA had secured a budget of $10.4 million to support Nigeria in the establishment of Smart Schools in the country.

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