By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
About 400 public primary school teachers from different parts of the country have received training in literacy skills, numeracy skills and early childhood development.
This special training activity emanats from the Professional Development Programme being organised for teachers by Longman Nigeria Plc and Pearson Foundation. The teachers attended a series of workshops in Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja where they were trained by facilitators drawn from a pool of experts in English Language Teaching (ELT), Numeracy and ECD.

While 176 teachers from Lagos and Oyo States participated in this year’s edition of the training programme, 118 teachers were trained in Lagos last year while 100 teachers attended the training programme in Abuja, also last year.

The Professional Development Programme for teachers is a corporate social responsibility initiative of the two firms to enhance the performance of Nigerian students by upgrading the skills of their teachers.  To participate in the programme, teachers are usually nominated by the State Ministry of Education through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Ronel Eloff, the coordinator of the programme in Nigeria , said that the Pearson Foundation and Longman Nigeria Plc wanted to impact on teachers positively, enhance their influence in the classroom and offer them innovative ways of imparting knowledge such that the learning achievement of pupils would witness marked improvements.

In his  response,  the Vice President, Alliance Programs of Pearson Foundation, Mr Erik Gregory, said that the objective of the workshops was to help develop teachers beyond their initial training, while bringing best practices and innovative media teaching to schools across Nigeria.

Participants at the workshops expressed appreciation to the organizations for their exemplary commitment to education and teacher development in Nigeria.

One of the participants in Lagos noted that the workshop had exposed her to new methods of presenting mathematical concepts in order to make Mathematics appealing to her pupils.

While addressing participants at the workshops the Head of Marketing of Longman Nigeria Plc, Allwell Nwankwo, charged the teachers to go back to their classrooms and make a difference in the lives of the pupils under their charge, noting that the company sincerely believes that “great teachers change the world.”

Gregory announced that Longman Nigeria and Pearson Foundation are committed to expanding their professional development programmes in Nigeria next year, through innovative content and technologies.

Pearson Foundation is the charitable arm of Pearson Education, the world’s largest education services business and the parent company of Longman Nigeria Plc.  It currently runs professional development programmes for teachers in partnership with Pearson Education subsidiaries in six African countries.

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