“Smart school teachers will be trained like their Korean counterparts”

The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, assured that the teachers who will be deployed in the smart schools being built will receive intensive training similar to that offered to their Korean counterparts. .

He said this while receiving a 6-member team of Korean experts led by Prof. Youngwoo Park, who paid him a courtesy visit after their 2-week visit to Nigeria at UBEC headquarters.

He said the Smart Schools initiative would boost the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for teaching and learning, adding that there was a need for Nigeria to compete favorably in the world. current technology.

Bobboyi said, “In many parts of the world, e-learning is an integral part of learning. Some private schools have been in this business for some time now. For public schools, we strive to provide this opportunity to every Nigerian child, whether or not they can afford the expense.

He expressed satisfaction with how the Memorandum of Understanding signed between KOICA and UBEC in October 2021 has already started to bear positive fruits in the smart school project in the areas of infrastructure development, teacher training and content development.

Also speaking, the Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Mr. Son Sungil, said that the 6-member team was mainly made up of teachers and capacity development experts and was in Nigeria since August 3, 2022.

Team leader Prof. Park noted that the meetings and interactions they had with key stakeholders were extremely beneficial to both parties.

Also speaking on the occasion, the national coordinator of the smart schools program, Professor Bashir Galadanci, said that the Korean team of experts had shared their experiences on the operation of smart schools and participated in a workshop on finalizing training materials for teachers and education. managers.

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