Routine teacher training critical to improved learning, says Ifueko Thomas
Nigeria stands to benefit immensely from regular exposure of her teachers to emerging trends in contemporary teaching and learning, so says Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brooke House Educational Consult Limited, Lagos, Ifueko Omowunmi Thomas.
Differing from the popular view that standards in the country’s education system were plunging, Thomas stressed that the country’s educational system has over the years been battling with poor delivery of its rich educational content and not low standard.
Briefing newsmen during the open house of Brooke House Learning Centre (BLC), a crèche, nursery, primary and afterschool centre, she maintained that right exposure and continuous development of teachers remain germane to unlocking the potentials of education.
She said, “The country’s educational curriculum is very rich in content. It is among the best in the world, and well loaded academically, morally, spiritually and otherwise. But the challenge is that the curriculum is not delivered as expected, the quality of its delivery is poor. The standard has been set already, but meeting the set standard by schools is the challenge.
“For the country to benefit from the set standard, and harness goals of education, teachers must be regularly trained and motivated to apply 21st century teaching skills. No effective teaching and learning can take place if teachers are ill equipped. The reason we will encourage and enable continuous teacher development at BLC.”
She said the school was established based on the need to raise a new generation of intellectually astute leaders, with high moral and ethical values.
“We will achieve this by encouraging an eclectic curriculum that ensures the accommodation of each child’s individual learning preferences. Our lessons, which will be founded on the nine-year basic education curriculum, will incorporate aspects of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the Montessori and High Scope Programme and the Reggio Emilia Approach.
“The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum with a unique process that will enable our children develop international mindedness and personal learning. High Scope will encourage hands-on experiences with objects, events and ideas, thereby enhancing their critical thinking skills and sense of inquiry. The Montessori process will promote our children’s sense of independence and curiosity and the Reggio Emilia boosts artistic expression that enhances a child’s creativity and problem solving skills,” she explained.
Thomas said the school would also provide learning support for children with lower spectrum autism disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, hearing and speech impairment.
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