FG to strengthen ties with International Development Partners on teacher education

By Akin Akande, Abuja

Federal Government has assured international development partners, consisting of the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and GEMS international of a robust partnership in developing of its teachers’ education capacity and data management system.

Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufa’I gave the assurance at a forum she had with GEMS education solution based in the United Kingdom, when its executive members paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja, on Monday.

She noted that government would be expending over N6.6billion to boost technical capacity in the various Colleges of Education in 2013 but that additional resources would be required in strengthening data collation for the entire education system.

According to the Minister, the ministry ascertains the quality of its teaching personnel through constant training and re-training, hence recent collaboration with office of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and National Teachers Institute to train teachers in the country.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS, UK, Chris Kirk who led the delegation, said over 200 teacher development programmes have been developed by the organization, with specific adaptation to the local teaching and learning environment.

Kirk also disclosed that over10, 000 teachers have benefitted from its massive training programmes which cut across Asia, East Africa and more recently West Africa.

He lauded the on-going 4-year strategic plan developed by the Federal Ministry of Education, noting that their partnership would be tailored to meet the more specific needs of our educational system.

“GEMS have a research based programme that can help to improve the use of technology in the classroom as well as indentify Nigeria’s current growth index educationally, especially the gaps in-between that can be filled.

“We would help to see that Nigeria becomes a truly knowledge driven economy,” he stated