By Babatunde Ogunrinde
Lagos – The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) says it is building teachers’ capacity for child development and no child will be ignored in the area of educational development.
Mr Bayo Adefuye, the Permanent Board Member in charge of Special Projects for SUBEB gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.
According to him, the children you neglect today may become the problem of the nation tomorrow but if their foundation is good, they may become the pride of the nation.
“We are trying to create a conducive atmosphere of learning where the children would be excited and enthusiastic about learning.
“Above all, we want a situation where they love going to schools,’’ Adefuye said.
He added that the board would continue to create enabling environment for pupils to love schools and to love their teachers so that their cognitive reasoning would be enhanced.
Adefuye, however, noted that government, through the ongoing `EKO EXCEL’ (Excellence in Child Education and Learning), was poised to develop highly-skilled teachers.
He said that the project which started in December 2019 was structured to train teachers on the use of modern-day technology to enhance teaching efficiency.
“The teachers being trained with the use of tablets are able to understand classrooms management and build positive behavior development for the child.
“So far, we have trained 4,800 teachers from 300 primary schools under the EKO EXCEL project,’’ he said.
Adefuye had earlier told NAN that the programme was expected to train and retrain over 14,000 government teachers across the state using technology-driven devices.
He said that the project would spread to cover all public primary schools in the state.
He said that part of the `EKO EXCEL’ training was to provide teachers with tablet computers to understand new skills and ways of impacting their pupils.
According to him, the principals and vice-principals also have their monitoring tablet computers to check on activities of every teacher under them so that they can see what is happening.
He said that plans were underway to take care of dilapidated school buildings.
Adefuye said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Administration was focused on changing the face of schools from the primary to the tertiary levels. (NAN)