44 teachers benefit from advanced teachers’ training workshop in Delta

Fourth from right, Area Manager, PGPA, CNL, Sam Daibo, Coordinator of the Jewels of Africa Foundation, Mrs Mercy Folowosele, the workshop facilitator, Mr Thomas Olayinka and representative of the Delta State Commissioner for Basic Education, Mr David Omijeh (2nd from left) among others after the advanced teachers’ training workshop in Warri, Delta State, last week.

No fewer than 44 secondary school teachers graduated at the weekend from a two-week training workshop on modern methods of teaching in Warri, Delta State.

The two-week workshop for the 44 secondary school teachers started August 10 and ended August 24 with a closing ceremony.

The teachers were selected from Warri and its environs and the workshop was titled: “21st Century Nobel Teaching (Advanced Teachers Training).

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It was facilitated by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and  Jewels of Africa Foundations and Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) in collaboration  with the Delta State Ministry of Basic Education.

General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA), Chevron Nigeria Ltd (CNL), Mr Esimaje Brikinn, at the closing ceremony of the workshop said it was designed to upgrade teachers’ teaching skills for effective dispensation of knowledge to their students, thereby laying a solid foundation for tomorrow’s leaders in line with global standards.

Mr Esimaje, who was represented by the Area Manager, PGPA, Sam Daibo, expressed delight at the success of the workshop held at the office of the (PIND), Egbokodo, Warri.

According to him, the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, through the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) has, between 2007 and 2016 awarded scholarships to over 2, 900 Nigerian students, just as CNL’s subsidiary, Star Deep and its partners, as well asAgbami Field also have awarded over 16, 000 scholarships to engineers and medical professionals.

Esimaje added that over 13, 300 students, from 2008/2009 and 2017/2018 academic sessions also benefitted from the NNPC/CNL JV’s community scholarships.

Meanwhile, coordinator of Jewels of Africa Foundation, Mrs Mercy Folowosele in a chat with Nigerian Tribune, expressed the need for teachers’ retraining in the modern methods of imparting knowledge to students.

She added that there really would be no need for after-school lessons for students if current teachers are upgraded in modern teaching skills.

Representative of the Delta State Commissioner for Basic Education, Mr David Omijeh, who’s the Chief Inspector of Education, Uvwie Local Government Area, lauded the partnership initiative.

He assured that the 44 teachers had been well “baked,” and set to impart their students, while thanking CNL and its partners for the privilege and values added to the teachers.

One of the 44 lucky teachers, Mrs Lauretta Oribioye, from Doronuma College, Warri, said the workshop was an eye-opener to what is obtainable in the 21st century in regards to imparting knowledge in students.

However, while appreciating CNL and its partners, Mrs Oribioye urged them to train more teachers beyond the 44 beneficiaries if the tide must turn for good in the teaching profession.

The curriculum mapped out for the training, Nigerian Tribune gathered was in 19 modules in which the teachers were rated on the bases of attendance, group work, and individual assessment.

Jewels of Africa Foundations (Africa Chapter) led by its president, Lara Gureje-Oderinde, provided the course materials and instructors, while the training was coordinated by Mr Thomas Olayinka.