The occasion which is to A 3-Day intensive training on Education Sector Response, Vulnerability, Marginalization, Gender and Gender Equality took place at the Professor Taiwo Ajayi Conference Hall, NIEPA Ondo from 16-18 October, 2022. The capacity development programme supported by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Abuja was designed to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on school management, gender and gender equality, classroom Management, and to also facilitate the safe functioning of the total educational system. The participants for the programme were drawn from all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT, Abuja.
Declaring the workshop open, the Director General of NIEPA Ondo, Prof. Olivet Jagusah represented by the Head of Training and Research Department, Dr. Sunday Adegbesan stressed the importance of staff training towards proper implementation of educational programmes.
Adegbesan added that, “Through training the School Managers on how to manage education sector response, Gender and Gender Equality, we aim to minimize the level of consequences that potentially students might have later”. He said, the training is apt, been a response to address the lots of the education system affected by the COVID–19 lock-down. “The rapid closure of educational facilities as well as the urgent need to shift from classroom to online learning was one of the biggest challenges the education sector has ever faced. Moreover, students of all ages, both young women and men, had their in-person contact discontinued and lost the physical presence of their peers. These challenges have burdened young people and inevitably caused stress and possible mental and emotional health problems,” said Adegbesan.
Also speaking at the Director Academic Services, Ogun SUBEB lauded NIEPA’s giant strides in education sector capacity building in Nigeria. She enjoined all the participants to participate actively in all the plenary sessions while assuring them of a fruitful and worthwhile experience at the end of the programme.
Giving her vote of thanks, Ag. Registrar of the Institute, Mrs. Abimbola Fayanju welcomed all the participants to the ancient and hospitable city of Ondo. She spoke through the head, Staff Development and Training, Mr. Afolabi Alade at the opening ceremony. According to Mr. Afolabi, the massive efforts made in a short time to
respond to the shocks to education systems remind us that change is possible. We should seize the opportunity to find new ways to address the learning crisis and bring about a set of solutions previously considered difficult or impossible to implement.