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Association partners foreign varsity on postgraduate certification in Nigeria

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The Association of Formidable Educational Development (AFED) says it will commence a Postgraduate and Diploma Certificates in Education, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, London.

Its National President, Mr Emmanuel Orji, told journalists in Lagos that the programme would target teachers and school managers in low income schools in the country.

Orji said the programme, which would commence in 2020, was for one year duration, adding, lectures would be given to participants in Nigeria by international and local lecturers.

He said a special version of the programmes would be created for teachers and school managers by the foreign university.

“We have gone into agreement with Buckingham University, London, to enable people, who are passionate about this job, to also obtain pre-requisite qualification.

“This programme is offered in other countries for between N2 million and N3 million, but the arrangement here is that, members will be running it for only N20, 000 per session.

“It is a year course. They will have the lecture and classes for a year in Nigeria,” he said.

The AFED president also said the association had made arrangement with the University of Lagos to run a four-year degree programme for other members without any certification.

“For those who are non-educational personnel, like the school certificate holders and others, who are into the teaching profession, we have made arrangement with the University of Lagos to run a four-year evening programme and Saturday classes.

“The courses will be designed by UNILAG in conjunction with the international partners.

“Within this period, they will have been exposed to the 21st century skills that will enable them to improve quality of teaching and learning in the four walls of classrooms.

“This programme is different from the sandwich programme, because it has a blended curriculum, that is, international curriculum and integrated curriculum,” he added.

Also, Prof. James Tooley, the International Patron of AFED, confirmed the association’s partnership with Buckingham University.

Tooley is a Professor of Education, Entrepreneurship and Policy, Buckingham University, Vinson Centre for Economics and Entrepreneurship, London.

He said the university would create a special version of its Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Diploma in Education for teachers and school managers in Nigeria.

Tooley said the collaboration would raise standards, raise teachers’ confidence as well as makes them feel better about their profession and also reduce clampdown by government.

According to him, we can create a special version for the low cost private schools here and it will raise standards in low income schools.

Tooley said: “I just left Newcastle University; I was there for 21 years and I just moved to the University of Buckingham, which is a small independent university.

“I have convinced the University of Buckingham that we can create a special version for low cost private schools in Postgraduate certificate in Education or Diploma in Education, here in Nigeria.

“When Buckingham sells its international postgraduate certification, they sell for about five thousand pounds or more.

“But, what I want to do is to see if I can get enough teachers and school managers in Nigeria, that is if we can get up to 2000 or 20,000 teachers, then we can bring the cost down.

“The collaboration will raise standards, it will raise teachers’ confidence and make them feel better about their profession and it will help get government off our backs.

“I will start this programme in September 2020,” he said.