The National Open Uni
versity of Nigeria (NOUN) has restated its commitment in ensuring that the nation’s educational sector is repositioned for greater impact and growth.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Vincent Ado Tenebe in a statement said the National Open University of Nigeria had renewed its focus to make education available to many people.
According to him “education is core to whatever we want to do as a nation. Nigeria cannot make much progress towards the attainment of its vision 20-20-20 unless we strengthen our education system. We will therefore do our best in the next four years to reposition our educational sector in a way that he entire nation will appreciate.
Tenebe explained that Nigeria, since independence has continued to demonstrate unwavering commitment to education as a tool for national and personal development and inalienable right of her citizens stating that the socio-economic dimensions of providing education for all were huge but the NOUN has been committed to standing in the gap.
He said the establishment of the NOUN was the realization of the need to widen access to education especially to those desirous of it as well as providing for a leftlong learning for people of diverse social status who otherwise are encumbered by many social factors such as hinted space and inadequate access in conventional universities, work situation, family life, religious tenets among others.
Tenebe revealed that in addition to the fee eight schools of different disciplines in the institution there an international training and research centre known as Regional Centre for Training and Development in Open and Distance Learning (RETRIDAL) which he said was established by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to cater for open and distance learning within the West African Sub-region.
On the institutions learning quality, Tenebe said “quality is the watch-world at the NOUN and it underpins every aspect of the experience prepared for a students who has decided to be instructed at the university.
The NOUN Vice Chancellor further maintained that the NOUN has an exciting platform where learning was not only made easy but also accessible.
“The university is an exemplar of higher education made easy, a do-it-yourself, at your own pace and place of instiution. You are invited to visit our website or any of our study centres to enlist yourself spouse, children, wards or friends” he said.
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Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged the state’s Ministry of Education to rise to its co-ordinating responsibility that will build stronger synergy amongst major stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the synergy must align with the global vision of producing children capable of being society’s desirable leaders of tomorrow.
Ikpeazu who gave the charge during a meeting with education managers in the state at his Aba Lodge identified capacity building, conducive learning environment and harmony among the education stakeholders as the leading factors toward the vision of bequeathing qualitative education for Abia children by his administration.
He noted that the setting up of the Continuing Education Center for teachers training, renovation of about 700 classroom blocks, the building of four model schools, procurement of smart boxes to enable Abia State Universal Education Board (ASUBEB) startup with the digital teaching platform for Abia children were all aimed at equipping school children for their future endeavours and enable them compete favourably with their peers.
The Governor also disclosed that plans have already been concluded to establish a Garment Factory within the year in addition to Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory which will produce uniforms and shoes for school children
He described them as motivations towards realising and sustaining high public school enrollment which the State’s School Feeding Programme has achieved.
He also reminded the stakeholders of the need to adopt innovations and technological ways of teaching that will expose the children to the current and dynamic learning trends of today’s world, adding that education is a pillar and enabler to any career which his administration recognised and adopted even to the point of formalising artisanal shoemaking.
Contributing, the Deputy Governor, Sir Udo Oko Chukwu expressed appreciation to the Governor for the immense interest he has shown towards improving the education sector which he described as a paradigm shift to the global challenge, and encouraged the education stakeholders to complement these efforts by restructuring the school system of the state.
Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers
Anambra State Government has commenced recruitment of 500 teachers into primary schools across the state to enhance teaching and learning.
Chairman, State House of Assembly Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Ejike Okechukwu disclosed this at the House of Assembly complex in Awka during an interactive session between the committee and Head Teachers in Aguata Local Government Education Authority.
He explained that the recruitment exercise would fill the gap created by primary school teachers who had retired from active service and improve the standard of primary education in the state.
He assured that all challenges outlined by the Head teachers hindering the progress of primary schools across the state would be tackled to the barest minimum to ensure the upliftment of education standard in the state.
Okechukwu encouraged the teachers to remain dedicated to duty and shun all forms of sharp practices that could portray the state in bad light.
Reacting, Education Secretary, Aguata Local Government Education Authority, Lady Ijeabalum Obi commended government’s performance in education sector.
She explained that the meeting offered the teachers and the committee the opportunity to brainstorm on ways to sustain the state’s legendary performance in education and tackle issues bordering on teachers welfare.
In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Ebere Nwankwo from Eziagulu Primary School, Ekwulobia appreciated the committee for living up to expectations, pledging the teachers’ preparedness to follow the lawmakers’ directives.
Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners
Director of Studies at Pampers Private School and Rainbow College, Dr. Olayinka Oduwole, has said Art should be introduced to children in the early years as it aids physical, cognitive, and behavioral developments.
Oduwole in a statement made available to The Tide, said Art was a creative expression that nurtures the imagination and allows children to externalise their feelings.
To celebrate Children’s Day this year and improve learners artistic skills, he said the learners of Pampers Private Schools and Rainbow College published a joint e-book titled, “A Collection of Stories by Pampers Private School and Rainbow College.”
“Through painting, sculpture, collage, music, dancing, acting, clay, drawing, or any other medium, art is a way for children to work through emotions, make decisions, and express their ideas. It should be introduced to children in the early years to aid physical, cognitive, and behavioral development. When children work together on art projects, they interact and share with their peers. This collaborative work promotes social learning.”
He explained that children who performed arts regularly had been noticed to control their emotions and expressed the same in productive ways.
“Manipulating art materials provides children with a sense of freedom while encouraging focus and concentration, this informs the rationale for the promotion of art education and creativity as the bedrock of Rainbow College curriculum plan and implementation,” he said.
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