The Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Education Board (FCT UBEB) in collaboration with National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo has organized a five-day capacity building workshop with the theme EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION IN 21ST CENTURY. The capacity building programme for Principals of Junior Secondary Schools and Headteachers of FCT UBEB, seeks to bring them abreast with skills in Educational Management and Administration in the 21st Century.
Declaring the workshop open at a ceremony held at the FCT Education Resource Center on Monday 5th July, 2021 in Abuja, the Ag. Executive Chairman FCT UBEB, Dr. Alhassan Sule disclosed that the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) funded workshop will upscale teaching and learning activities in FCT schools. According to him, the goal is to equip Principals and Headteachers with the necessary skills for effective management of basic education in the FCT. “We have so many Principals and Headteachers and we will continue to train and retrain them to keep tab with the best practices in the 21sts century”, Sule said.
Also speaking at the event, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo, Prof. Olivet Jagusah mni, listed capacity building, research and information dissemination as the core mandate of the Institute. Prof. Jagusah represented by the Head of Training and Research department, Dr. Sunday Adegbesan, explained that the training will not only ensure that Principals and headteachers are in tandem with the requirements of educational administration in the new era but also encourage them to work collectively by supporting, monitoring and evaluating teachers in the classroom. Adegbesan echoed that “Today’s educational systems in Nigeria are largely incapable of helping most students develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to successfully confront the realities of our global times. Confronting these issues with the required depth is not the sole responsibility of teachers but rather, are the primary responsibility of those who manage education at all levels. This workshop aims to begin to develop core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving that advocates believe that schools need to teach to help pupils and students thrive in today’s world”.
In her closing remarks, the FCT UBEB Director of Teacher Development Programme, Mrs. Jacqueline Amasike enjoined the invited principals and headteachers to take good advantage of the training programme by participating actively and punctual daily attendance. She acknowledged the efforts of NIEPA, Ondo over the years in the training and retraining of FCT UBEB workforce and expressed her confidence in that the participants will immensely benefit from the knowledge and experience of NIEPA’s resource persons.