The Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Oto-Ijanikin, Lagos and the Havering College of Further and Higher Education, United Kingdom, have entered into an education partnership to develop a curriculum that will help achieve the Millennium Development Goals in education. The project, to be known as UK-Nigeria Teacher Training (UNITET), is the first of its kind in Nigeria.
The idea of the partnership which was sealed after a three-day parley in Badagry, started in May 2009, and was approved by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills of the British Council, in recognition of the pedigree of the two teacher-training institutions.
According to Mr. Francis Olabisi Jegede, the Nigerian Project Co-ordinator, the visit of the Havering College team to the country followed after the Nigerian team earlier visit to Havering College for a five-day curriculum development workshop in London, where the two colleges came up with a six-month pilot programme in innovative teaching technique.
The certificate to be awarded after the six-month intensive training is Advanced Professional Certificate in Innovative Teaching (APCIT).
It was jointly agreed that the certificate for the pilot students be awarded by Havering College while subsequent ones will be jointly awarded.
Sunday Vanguard learnt that the electronic and study materials including two Smart-boards and one Projector for the training have already been delivered to AOCOED. In furtherance of this, Jegede noted that, ‘’this course has no doubt positioned AOCOED as a centre of innovative training not only in the Southwest but in Nigeria. We had, therefore, earmarked two special classrooms to be equipped with state_of_the art teaching equipment to meet the needs of trainees of different category.
“For the pilot course to take-off, we have recruited 25 pilot students both from among our staff and other stakeholders. For instance, among the stakeholders given the opportunity to be trained in the six months course were SUBEB, Lagos Education Districts 5 and 6, Naval Base Education Lagos and private schools. It is our belief that to make a difference and for the difference to be felt, we must spread our tentacle beyond our environment. The 25 pilot students so recruited will be attached to their lecturers in order to continue the course online.
“At the completion of the course, the 25 trainers remain resource persons as stakeholders continue to partner with us to train as many teachers in the state and the country at large. Again, the certificate admits them to a PGCE in Havering less the module they have done in Nigeria.
“What we are doing today provides an opportunity for us as an institution to present to the stakeholders, the silent revolution we are pioneering as teacher training institution in Nigeria and to formally unveil the project which has begun with the just_concluded three days train_the_trainer workshop.