An educational outfit, Tutelage Educational Consultant Services, has stated its commitment to train no fewer than one million teachers in the country in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of 2030.
The Principal Consultant of the outfit, Mr. Lanre Badru, made this disclosure on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, while speaking with journalists during the ‘2nd More Than Educational International Summit’, a two day programme for training of teachers in both private and public schools.
He said, “Our target is to expose teachers to the global perspectives of education, and to what is done all over the world between the year 2017 that we started to year 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nation.”
Badru said the outfit had trained close to 100,000 teachers so far, assuring that he was optimistic that it might reach the target of training one million teachers by the year 2025.
“We have decided to make Nigeria our base in order to fulfil the mandate and make sure that the nation’s education becomes a global standard education by educating our teachers; Nigerian teachers are still practising the traditional teaching method and traditional education system is when teachers do not know education process and education business to be channelled.
“Much More Than Just Educational Training is a mandate to expose many teacher to know, we have chosen to make the difference, and the difference is for our teachers to know more, because when they know more, they will be able to perform better and this will make a difference in our nation,” he said.
He however called on state governments in the country to embrace and collaborate with the outfit, noting that that would make a difference in the educational system of Nigeria as a country.
The Chairman of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, Ibadan North Local Government, Pastor Oladejo Richard, in his remarks, noted that governments were not doing enough when it comes to the issue of training of teachers, adding that NAPPS partnered with the outfit to ensure that teachers were exposed to knowledge.
“Many teachers now-a-day do not know the right thing to do, but we believe that if we can train them, it will enhance learning of our students; training teachers means training our future, because teacher will assist us to train our children who are the leaders of tomorrow. So, training them means preparing a better future of our children.
“It is necessary to do up-to-date training for teachers; we need to update them and the best way teachers can be updated is by training them regularly because teaching in class is changing everyday. That is why teachers need to change the way they teach in classrooms to a global world,” he said.
One of the participants, Sheriff Apanpa, an administrator from Peace Land Preparatory, Moniya, Ibadan, said the programme was a right step in the right direction, stating that if the programme had been coming up long time ago before now, it would have reduced incompetence in performance of teachers thereby increasing transmission of knowledge to students in schools across the country.