The National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna in collaboration with Axiom Learning Solutions Limited, an educational consultancy firm has trained 666 Primary and Junior Secondary School teachers across the country on Special Education Needs and Disabilities(SENDs).
Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah, the Minister of State for Education, who was the special guest of Honour and representative of the Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu at the flag-off of the three-day workshop in Abuja, disclosed that the workshop would enable the participants to equip themselves with skills and knowledge in the Special Education Needs and Disabilities(SENDs).
The minister charged the participants to cascade the training to other colleagues at their various schools after the training. He said as part of his objectives, improving the quality of teachers and professionalising teaching as a profession is his priority.
He expressed satisfaction that the two agencies, the National Teachers’ Institute(NTI), Kaduna prepares the teachers while the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria(TRCN) professionalise teachers, were all at the event and doing what is expected of them.
While declaring the three-day workshop opened, Prof. Anwukah revealed further that there are many children in the country that wants to learn and this will go a long way in addressing this challenge.
Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, the Registrar and Chief Executive of Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria(TRCN), who read the address of the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah disclosed that education is the only legacy that can be bequeathed to generation to guarantee their livelihood, security and development.
Prof. Ajiboye, who made the disclosure on Monday at the venue of the flag-off ceremony and training centre for participants from the North-Central states said an enlightened society will enjoy all the benefits of good life through active participation in activities within their communities.
‘’ In order to encourage mass participation of Nigerians in the business of governance through robust transformational agenda, the present administration under the leadership of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that every child is given opportunity to learn.
‘’ This is what informed the re-introduction of this component of the workshop tagged:’’ Special Education Needs and Disabilities, ‘’ he said.
Delivering his remarks at the occasion, the Chairman of NTI Governing Council, who was also the Chairman of the occasion, Sen. Kaka Mallam Yale, said the present administration is irrevocably committed to the pursuit of its set agenda for change through the provision of quality education for its citizens.
Senator Yale said that is the reason behind the government’s support for any programme that seeks to empower its citizens to be able to compete favourably with their peers in other countries of the world.
‘’ The Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SENDs) workshop aims to equip the participating teachers with necessary skills and knowledge on how to properly integrate special needs children into the mainstream classrooms.
‘’ Through this approach, all categories of learners are pooled together and taught by the same teacher irrespective of their special talents, and / or challenges as the case may be,’’ he emphasised.
He enjoined the participants of the workshop to concentrate very hard to learn all they need to know within the time schedule for them to be able to implement the strategy successfully.
Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the director-general and Chief Executive of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, having recognised the important role played by the Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu, for intervening on behalf of Nigerian teacher to make the workshop a reality, said the SENDs component is equally important as other components due to its intended benefits of ensuring inclusiveness in the education sector.
Prof. Azare said education is a vehicle through which citizens of all classes and strata are given equal opportunity to realise their aspirations in life.
‘’ This is without prejudice to their socio-economic background, status of their physical and mental abilities as well as gender and other mundane consideration.
‘’ SENDs propagates the ideals of mainstream education in which every individual operates as an entity without any discrimination.
‘’ This learning platform allows learners, irrespective of their conditions, to learn under the same umbrella thereby fostering mutual understanding and trust between and among them,’’ he said.
He said that NTI has the capacity to organise teacher professional development programmes on any theme that may be desirable.
In her goodwill message, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, represented by Dr. (Mrs) Ifeyinwa Nnamchi Ukaegbu, said the concept of Special Education Needs and Disabilities(SENDs) is well embedded in the SDGs goal Four: ‘’ Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all’’ with a view to achieve the SDGs’ objective of ‘’Leave no one behind.’’
She urged all the relevant stakeholders to come together to support NTI to achieve the objectives of the SDGs capacity building programme for the actualisation of the educational and social needs of the persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono, who was represented by the Director Tertiary Education in the Ministry, Mr. Ojo Joel, in his vote of thanks, appreciated the effort of the Federal Government under the leadership of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari(GCFR) for his support, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, National Assembly and the Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu and Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah.
He commended and appreciated the effort of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna , in its quest to promote a high level teacher education in the country.
The workshop, which commenced on Monday, October 29, 2018, is to end Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in six centres across the country.
The flag-off ceremony also witnessed the presence of Mrs. Liman Khadija Ahmad, Desk Officer SDGs in the Federal Ministry of Education, the Commissioner of Education Kogi State, Honourable Rosemary Osikoya, representative of the Chairman Senate Committee on SDGs, Mr. Desmond Priye and Mrs. Gloria Garba represented House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education.
Others are Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Prof. Ismail Junaid, represented by Dr. Eleri N. O., Director Library and Informatics , NERDC, Abuja, Director Axiom Learning Solutions and SENDs Consultant, MR. Ani Charles Bassey-Eyo, the Registrar and Secretary to the NTI Council, Mal. Mahmud Mohammed Usman and Acting Director Field Operations and Students Services, NTI, and Chairman NTI SDGs Implementation Committee, Mallam Yakubu Akaaba, among other important stakeholders.
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