The Honorable member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Professor Julius Ihonvbere has facilitated the training of over 100 teachers in Owan Federal Constituency in Edo State.
The teachers selected across Owan East and West Local Government Areas were trained on Contemporary Models of Teaching in the Post COVID-19 Era.
The training which was held at Destiny Gardens, Afuze in Edo State was conducted by resource persons from the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration NIEPA NIGERIA, Ondo.
Declaring the workshop open, Professor Julius Ihonvbere disclosed that effective teaching is critical and key to the development of the nation and this can only be achieved through continuous and effective training of teachers.
Professor Ihonvbere, who is also the Chairman of, House Committee on Basic Education, noted that his committee would continuously play a key role in re-engendering the right mindset in youths and upcoming generations through quality teaching.
According to him, Primary school teachers are the most important set of workers in any nation. “It is what you produce at the primary level that forms the quality of students at the secondary and tertiary levels,” said Ihonvbere.
He acknowledged the efforts of NIEPA, Ondo over the years in the training and retraining education sector workforce and expressed confidence that the participants will immensely benefit from the knowledge and experience of NIEPA’s resource persons.
The Federal lawmaker revealed that after the workshop, there is going to be a step-down training where those that are trained will extend the same training to their respective local communities.
Also speaking at the event, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo, Professor Olivet Jagusah listed capacity building, research and information dissemination as the core mandate of the Institute.
Professor Jagusah represented by Dr. Opeyemi Oyekan explained that the training would ensure that teachers are in tandem with the requirements of classroom administration in the new era.
“Through training the teachers on how to deal with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, we aim to minimize the level of consequences that teachers might have later,” said Oyekan.
She advised teachers to always encourage their students to wear facemasks, maintain social distancing, and other safety protocols. Speaking after the workshop, Mrs Success Nwokolo, a teacher from Ohobo Primary School, Afuze was full of appreciation to Professor Julius Ihonvbere and the resource persons from NIEPA Ondo for putting together such a fantastic programme.
According to her, “NIEPA through this workshop has added more value to what I already knew before.
Innovative methods of teaching I have learnt here will help me key into technological advancements to manage my classroom more effectively”.
Over 100 teachers from Owan Federal Constituency in Edo State were trained in this phase.
Training sessions included: basic knowledge about stress management.