BY DAYO ADESULU
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has been selected as the most preferred guest speaker at the upcoming inaugural Outcome-Based Education (OBE)Programmes to be held at the Lagos based Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies, CIAPS.
Fashola emerged as the most preferred guest speaker in a survey conducted amongst students, graduates and friends of CIAPS. Other nominated speakers that gained a lot of votes during the survey include Ms. Oby Ezekwesili, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Prof. Pat Utomi.
The OBE lectures will start June 3, 2014 and the theme to be treated by the selected speaker, Governor Fashola is Ethics, Education and Employability.
The CIAPS OBE Programmes, according to Prof Anthony Kila, the Centre Director; “are outcome based educational programmes built on research and input obtained from dynamic organisations about their recruitment needs as well as their employment and development strategies”.
A major aim of the programme is to address the employability of many graduates and young people. Rather than focusing on just theory and academic curriculum, CIAPS is working with businesses and various kinds of organisations to establish the kind of graduates they need, the skills and knowledge these graduate should possess. That way graduates will be training for real jobs and careers rather than just for certificates.
The programmes will also help young people and graduates familiarise themselves with the working environment as a fundamental part of their study at CIAPS will be their work-experience, work-placements and other various kind of internship.
Many of the companies working with CIAPS on these programmes are eager to employ but cannot find the right people, many of the graduates they find are not ready for the work environment. CIAPS’ plan through its fast track programmes is to bridge this gap by providing very practical training for graduates and help them reach employers. The scheme aims to generate over a 100 jobs.