Teachers have been urged to upgrade themselves with the 21st century learning and skills so as to be able to impact relevant knowledge in pupils and make them compete favourably with their peers in today’s world.
They were also admonished on the need to embrace inclusive education, which ensures school for all, celebrates differences, supports learning and responds to individual needs in order to make every child count.
These were the focus of a day’s training held for teachers at Saint Anthony’s Secondary School, Ilorin, the Kwara state capital on Wednesday.
The training was organised by Saint Anthony’s Alumni, 1997 set, in partnership with the Kwara state Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.
One of the resource persons, Mr Olushola Olesin emphasized the need to exploit technology to support learning, foster students’ creativity, promote team work, encourage transfer of learning and take time to critically study their pupils.
There were also training and knowledge sharing on issues bothering on gender equality, inclusion, disability, slow learning, punishment, group work and many more.
One of the alumni, 1997 set and coordinator of the training, Miss Folashade Aransiola, said the training was to give back to the school that shaped them 22 years ago.
The vibrant woman, who is a former candidate, House of Assembly, added that this training was to impact knowledge in teachers rather than concentrate on infrastructural development which according to her, “has become the norm.”
Aransiola who expressed worry that Kwara state teachers are lagging behind because of the void created by human capacity development, assured that the alumni hopes to make the training a periodic event.
The Principal, Saint Anthony’s Senior Secondary School, Mrs Elizabeth Afolayan, who lamented that teachers in Kwara have not been trained for years, said the training was an opportunity to update their knowledge.
Afolayan, who also described it as an eye opener despite their years of experience, said this would assist her not only in teaching the students, but in the management of the school.
While highlighting some of the other projects executed for the famous school by different sets of old students, she thanked both the organisers of the training for the gesture.
The Principal, however, urged others to contribute their quota too in order to save the future of the Nigerian child.
Some of the participants, who spoke after the training, decried the gap created by the lack of training in Kwara State and charged the present government to ensure periodic training for workers.