Smart school teachers will undergo intensive training

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

He said this while receiving a team of six Korean experts, led by Prof. Youngwoo Park, on a courtesy visit at the end of their two-week tour of Nigeria at the UBEC headquarters.

According to him, the smart schools initiative would boost the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for teaching and learning, saying this was necessary to ensure that Nigeria is competitive in the world. of technology.

He pointed out that one of the best ways to achieve this milestone is to introduce children to online learning as soon as they enroll in school.

“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 said.

He praised the speed with which the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between KOICA and UBEC in October 2021 is already starting to bear fruit in the smart school project in the areas of infrastructure, training teachers and content development.

Speaking on the occasion, the Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Mr. Son Sungil, said the six-member team was mainly made up of teachers and capacity development experts. and had been in Nigeria since August 3. , 2022.

The Team Leader, Professor Youngwoo Park, thanked the Executive Secretary for the welcome and collaboration they had received from the commission during their stay, noting that the meetings and interactions with the stakeholders had been beneficial to both parties.

In addition, the national coordinator of the smart schools program, Professor Bashir Galadanci, said that during their stay, the Korean expert team shared their experiences on how smart schools work, participated in a workshop on finalizing the training materials for teachers and education officials. , and attended a meeting with SUBEB principals overseeing smart schools in their states.

He explained that UBEC had benefited immensely from their expertise and rich experience.

Some of the 37 smart schools being built by UBEC in 36 states of the Federation (and FCT) are expected to begin operations during the next academic term.

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