Tony Ailemen ,Abuja
As part of efforts to support federal government’s employment initiatives, the British Council yesterday pledged technical assistance to Nigeria in training 500,000 teachers to be engaged by the federal government.
Chief Executive of the Council, Claran Devane, dropped the hint in Abuja, declaring that the training would be centred on technical support and building the capacity of the teachers from their wealth of experience in education sector.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced job opportunities for 500,000 graduate-youths to be engaged as teachers.
Although it was not immediately clear what roles the Council will play under the Programme, it is estimated that the 500,000 teachers will require specialized orientations before being engaged fully as teachers
The Council boss also announced that it was particularly interested in exploring every possible area of collaboration to assist in matching the growing out of school population in the country.
‘‘I am leading a delegation to Nigeria from the British Council and UK parliament involving journalist as well and Vice Chancellors of a leading UK universities. We are here in Nigeria to look at collaborations British Council has with Nigeria in culture sector, education sector, security and education.
‘‘We want to see what is going on and what we can learn from, which we can carry to other parts of the world. But going forward, we need to think of what is good for modern Nigeria in some ways. We need to think through how we can work through the education system which is growing rapidly and training the 500, 000 teachers the government plans to hire. We will be doing more, making new things like Lagos Festival.
‘‘We have a lot of experience from other countries and we work with teachers who become trainers. But then, a lot can be done digitally like in Pakistan, where teachers learn from different cities. In Europe and America, we have programmes with supporting class rooms and training methodology will be another input.
‘‘With the number of young people joining the school system in Nigeria, whatever we can do to support the school system we will do,’’ said Devane.
He described Nigeria as one of the most important countries to the British Government, which cannot be ignored due to its potentials, saying that the bond between the two countries have grown stronger over the years.
British Council To Train 500,000 Nigerian Teachers
Tony Ailemen ,Abuja