Two hundred teachers and six Chief Education Inspectors (CIEs) in Edo and Delta States undergo comprehensive training to revise their teaching skills
The training, which began with a penultimate three-day workshop week in Benin City, will last three months and will be followed by the establishment of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) clubs in teachers’ schools.
An initiative of SEPLAT Energy Plc, an indigenous energy company, in collaboration with the joint venture partner, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the Seplat JV Teacher Empowerment Program (STEP) was developed to address the gaps that the Universal Commission for Basic Education (UBEC) has identified in public and private schools teachers teaching at the basic education level.
Speaking about the program in Benin, SEPLAT’s Director of External Affairs and Sustainability, Dr Chioma Nwachukwu, said teachers will learn how to apply 21st century skills, lecture preparation, entrepreneurship, development leadership and how to use the Seplat STEM application. .
Nwachukwu, who was represented by Seplat’s head of corporate social responsibility, Ms. Esther Icha, said the training was solid as the education went beyond the teacher giving the whole concept in the classroom.
She said, “They are now going to apply learning and demonstration, and that is why STEM training is very critical in building a nation.
“Teachers will be trained in modern learning techniques, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and lecture notes,” she said.
Nwachukwu added that the training is expected to end after three months with the awarding of certificates to successful teachers next February.
She said Seplat expects teachers who have taken the training to set up a STEM club in their various schools – in the hopes of inspiring students to come up with innovative solutions to contemporary problems.
“STEM clubs will be opening an exhibition where the use of STEM to provide a solution to global problems will be showcased,” she said.
Officials from Edo State Ministry of Education, Edo State Ministry of Science and Technology, and Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in attendance at the training said they were happy to collaborate with SEPLAT on the project.
Edo State Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Stellamaris Imasuen said the initiative aligned with the Edo government’s vision for education.
Imasuen, who was represented by the executive director of vocational and technical science education, Odegua Kushe, said the state is already seeing the impact of the training on the first group of teachers trained last year in the framework of the project.
“The impact of the training, which Seplat started last year, is evident in the increase in the number of students participating in science and technology competitions locally and internationally,” she said.
For her part, Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Rose Ezewu, praised the company for its partnership with the government to equip teachers with modern techniques to improve teaching and education. ‘learning.
Ezewu, represented by Director of School Services Ufuoma Oduma, said the training filled a gap created by the failure of modern technology to adapt to the teaching process.
Also speaking, NPDC CEO Alli Zahra, represented by Bassey Etim Bassey, said the training was necessary because of the critical role teachers play in nation building.
Some participants said the training would give them the opportunity to change the way they teach.
EJoma Emiliana, a CIE from Oshimili South LGA, Delta State, said the program improved her knowledge as a supervisor.
“This program has increased and improved my knowledge. Thanks to Seplat for coming to improve my ideas in different ways, ”she said.
Another participant, Godfrey Edobholo, a teacher at the Federal College of Science and Technology (FSTC), Uromi, Edo state, said he appreciated the empowerment program which he called great.
He said, “We have seen how our minds have been refined because a refined mind is a transformed life. We have seen how important it is because as a teacher you are a leader.
“We saw the bridge and the connection between a teacher and a leader because leadership itself programs to secure the present which is the present and also to capture the future. So generally, the empowerment program of Seplat is for us to secure the future of our children who are our students and also to capture the future because if you have raised a child, you have raised a nation.
The Tide has learned that selecting teachers for this year’s training is difficult – with 874 teachers from Edo and Delta states taking an online test from which all 206 participants were selected. Recipients came from 28 schools each of the two states – with a ratio of five teachers for each public school and two from each private school.
Recall that for the first edition of the STEP initiative STEP initiative last year, 389 teachers from Edo and Delta states took the online qualification test on September 16, 2020.
On November 23, 2020, 143 participants including 100 secondary school teachers and 43 CIEs started with an initial five-day physical training, followed by virtual training on an online platform designed specifically for the program.