British Council, others to help upgrade Nigeria teachers

In an effort to improve the teaching and learning of English Language in Primary schools, the British Council, the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation and Nokia have agreed to collaborate with the National Teachers’ Institute to upgrade Nigerian teachers.

The partnership is targeted at achieving empowerment for the teachers through the use of mobile technology, according to a statement by the NTI.

The statement quoted the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyat Rufai, as explaining this while speaking during a workshop for primary school teachers on the use of mobile phones in Abuja. She encouraged the collaborating partners to extend the project to other parts of the country.

Rufai, represented by the Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Uwaezuoke, stated, “I urge participants to utilise the opportunity and impact it to others, while calling on all state governments to join the project.”

Also, Director-General of NTI, Dr. Aminu Sharehu, said the empowerment of Nigerians in providing qualitative and functional education to meet global standard was in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

“Nigeria is acknowledged to have a large population of its citizens using mobile phones. Hence, teachers can use the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge of pedagogy and content by its use,” Sharehu said.

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