BY LAJU ARENYEKA
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow for 2001-2002, Dr. Benedicta Chiwokwu Agusiobo, recently received the Distinguished Educator in Nigeria award from the Education Times, a monthly education magazine.
“We highly commend Dr. Agusiobo’s great efforts in educational development and wish her more success in her educational endeavors,” Education Times said in a tribute at the award ceremony. Dr. Agusiobo was Deputy Director and Head of Department of Early Childhood Education and Development at Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council for 10 years.
Earlier in the year, she was elected into the coveted position of Vice-President of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction International (WCCI), an international non-governmental organisation with consultative status in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. She is the first African to be elected into the office.
Dr. Benedicta Chiwokwu Agusiobo studied curriculum and science education at bachelors, masters, and doctorate levels, and was the focal person for Basic Education in the ENHANSE Project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 2004 – 2009.
The award ceremony was attended by over 300 education stakeholders including students and eminent Nigerians such as former governor of Lagos State, Ahaji Lateef Jakande and Executive Secretary of NERDC, Prof. Godswill Obioma.