By Ebele Onuorah
FORTY TWO lecturers from 14 Colleges of Education across the country have been trained on Quality Assurance to strengthen the capacity of the Family Life and Emerging Health Issues (FLEHI) as well as ensure the effective implementation of the FLEHI course across the six -geopolitical zones of the country.
The training, organised by Action Health Incorporated (AHI), in collaboration with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), with support from the John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation, was held simultaneously in two batches, Lagos and Zaria, was part of efforts to contribute towards advancement of young peoples’ sexual and reproductive health rights by instituting quality assurance for pre-service FLEHI, Director of AHI, Dr. Uwem Esiet stated that the focus on teacher educators is premised on the belief that teachers are the greatest resource that we have in the preparation of young people for productive and healthy living in the society.
The Director encouraged the participants to ensure that the FLEHI programme is effectively implemented in the colleges and monitored for its successful implementation.
Continuing, he emphasized that the training received should be stepped down to other Master trainers in the colleges to further strengthen the capacity of the master trainers.
Esiet explained that the quality assurance tools were designed for monitoring exercises to be undertaken by the FLEHI QA trained lecturers for the successful and effective implementation of the FLEHI course in Colleges of Education.
“The main purpose of the tools is to ensure the alignment of the contents of the NCE FLEHI curriculum with the Family Life and HIV&AIDS Education (FLHE) curriculum for basic education, and for the assessment of the successful and effective implementation of the FLEHI course in the Colleges of Education.
The FLEHI course at the pre-service level for Colleges of Education is the NCCE’s response to the national call of preparing the teacher educators, teacher training institutions, education policy makers and practitioners to fight the HIV&AIDS pandemic and mitigate the impact of AIDS amongst young people by providing them with factual information at the basic education level following their deployment to school.”
Participants at the training workshop were drawn from FCE Kontangora, FCE Abeokuta, FCE Akoka, FCE Ondo, FCE Pankshin, FCE Oyo Special, and FCE Okene, were trained in Lagos while participants from FCE Gombe, FCE Potiskum, FCE Yola, FCE Kano, FCE Katsina, FCE Gusau and FCE Zaria.
The training focused on four thematic areas which include: Institutional preparedness for FLEHI implementation, trainer’s ability to implement the FLEHI curriculum, classroom delivery of the FLEHI curriculum and knowledge and attitude inventory of the learners