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    AFED Harps on Teachers’ Training at Buckingham Varsity Graduation

    AFED Vice President, Yinka Oworbo (left); Content Developer, Akran Maria; Country Representative, AFED-Buckingham Teacher Training Programme, Dr. Daramola Ibukun; National President, AFED, Orji Kanu Emmanuel; Toyin Akingbade and Assistant Country Manager, Finance, Alabi Oluwaseyi at the launch of the training programme.

    National President, Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED), Emmanuel Orji Kanu, has emphasised the need for continuous teachers’ training programmes to position them for 21st century challenges.

    Kanu, who spoke with journalists on the sideline of the convocation ceremony for 124 graduates of Buckingham University, United Kingdom, Diploma programme, said educators must be constantly trained on effective teaching practices to make them fully equipped.

    To build capacity and competence among teachers, especially in low-cost schools, AFED had partnered Buckingham University, to start International Diploma in Education programme in Nigeria, which would hold virtually for nine months.

    Kanu said: “Whether we like it or not, no nation can rise above the quality of its education, and who are the facilitators of this education, they are none other than teachers. Priority attention should be given to teachers because they are the engine for national development. If you are a teacher and you are not trained and retrained, there is no way such a person can improve, and whoever wants to make an impact must be constantly trained to keep pace with development.”

    Programme Director, Mr Reuben Nyikwagh, stressed the importance of the school in helping to solve the numerous problems teachers face in the classroom.

    At the event, held at Zaneta Hub, Lagos, about 137 new students also took the matriculation oath.

    Board Director, Mr. Godwin Nyikwagh, urged the fresh students to be curious, open-minded, and prepared for the challenges ahead, as they will be fully equipped with current teaching skills.

    He noted that their decision to embark on the programme reflected their commitment to learning. “It showed you’re driven by the quest for knowledge and passion for making a difference,”

    In his remarks, the best graduating student, Damilola Ajayi, attributed his success to the practicality of the programme, which he said, has impacted positively on his teaching skills.

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