The Rivers State Ministry of Employment Generation and Empowerment has increased the number of trained persons to 25,000 in its second phase of the RivJobs employability training as against the 900 persons that was trained in August.
The training is a 4-day training which started last week Wednesday and would climax at the close of work today.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen last Wednesday, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Lawson Ikuru, noted that the tremendous increase in number of persons to be trained this month, was as a result of the high number of job seekers found on the state RivJobs’ site,www.Rivvjobs.ng, which currently was within the range of 107,000.
Ikuru stated that the high number of unemployed youths in the state was alarming as most of them lack employability attitude, hence the reason why this training was initiated by His Excellency, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in order to train them and get them employable.
He said: “Employability means attitude to job interview and the rest of it, and so we were inspired by that number (107,000) and we decided to target 25,000 persons for this Bootcamp due to the availability of space and we still look forward to target more in subsequent bootcamps, at least to prepare them for employability whenever opportunity presents itself.”
He hinted that the training also includes those who applied for the Rivers State Government’s kind gesture of employing 10,000 teachers, noting that the process of recruitment would comes from the civil service commission which would focus on only those teachers that undergoes this training carried out by the ministry of employment generation and empowerment.
Ikuru hinted further that the post-primary school board and the Universal Basic Education in collaboration with the civil service commission were working on the criteria that would be used to select the 10,000 teachers job, adding that whatever number of teachers they demand would be released to them.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry emphasized that the training primary objective was to prepare these persons on how to write a good Curriculum Vitae, prepare them to have the boldness to face interview panels, work ethics and attitudes, among others, adding that another phase will come in another couple of months for those who were yet to benefit from it.
He advised those yet to register on the RivJobs platform to be trained to take advantage of this window opportunity opened for them, adding that the facilitators are not just theoretical, but practical too with a whole lot of human resources management experience.
Also speaking one of the facilitators, Tani Ifediora stated that the ministry was not just looking at being employed, but to ensure that the people understand that there were potentials deposited in them to do something that would add value to themselves and society at large.
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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