FCTA, Foundation train 110 teachers on ICT compliance
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has held a 3-day training workshop for 110 teachers drawn from different schools across the six area councils of the FCT.
The training, which started on Tuesday at the FCT Department of Science, Technology & Innovation, Utako, Abuja, was facilitated by officials from Ibrosoft International Development Foundation (IIDF).
While declaring the training open, the Director of FCT Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), Dr Olobashola Kolawole, said that the world is fast changing, hence the need for teachers in the FCT to be ICT compliant.
He said: “I want everyone, especially teachers, to be ICT compliant. In today’s world, ICT is very important. That’s why I was happy that the FCT Minister, His Excellency Barrister Nyesom Wike, approved this training through the Mandate Secretary. As a Director, you need ICT knowledge. In fact, presently, before you can become a Permanent Secretary, you must take an exam with the use of the computer. Therefore, you can see that ICT is very important.
“Even as teachers, knowledge of ICT is very important in discharging your duties to students. If you must know, very soon, we will start kicking out teachers who are not ICT compliant. We are supposed to be moving forward, not backward. If you are not ICT compliant, what are you going to be teaching the students? Everyone has to sit up. My charge to participants in this training is to fit in or get kicked out.”
On his part, the Director General of Ibrosoft International Development Foundation (IIDF), Ibrahim Abdullahi, said that, at the end of the training, the teachers will know everything possible about ICT and apply the knowledge to their classroom activities.
He said: “The world is fast changing and we must catch up with what others are doing. The reason for this training is to bring teachers up to speed on what is obtainable in today’s digital world. We are lagging behind in ICT. As teachers, the participants will learn many things about ICT and the digital world. At the end of the training, they will be able to create websites, Google accounts, virtual attendance and even hold virtual lessons with students.
“There are many things they can learn and apply to their existing knowledge. As a teacher with ICT knowledge, they can interact and teach their students from anywhere in the world. We have held this training in different parts of the country. We recently trained over 100,000 teachers in different LGAs of Kano state. Our target is to make sure that teachers in Nigeria are ICT compliant so that we can enhance quality education as obtainable in SDGs. We are collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Education, state governments and relevant stakeholders to do the training in six geopolitical zones.”
Also speaking, the National Programme Manager of Ibrosoft International Development Foundation, Aliyu Usman, said that a teacher is a change agent and needs to be trained in order to be able to train others.
“The world is moving fast in ICT and we cannot be left behind. If teachers miss the training, then it means a generation will miss it and that will continue to affect the development of this country. Missing it will be very expensive. So, I will advise the teachers to pay serious attention to what they came here to do. It will not only benefit them, but the entire country, their children and coming generations. If you don’t belong to the digital age, then you are still analogue and it won’t augur well for all of us,” he said.
Speaking with reporters, a participant and teacher from GSTC, Abaji, Comrade Mohammed Sani Loko, said that the training is coming at the right time as it will help him and other teachers in preparing lesson notes and teaching students.
Similarly, a teacher and Head of Agric Unit, DSTI, Ruth Binta Sofolabo, said the training will make her job easier as she writes a lot of memos in the office.
“With the ICT training, we will have an easy way to reach out to our subordinates and directors. You know, papers are now very expensive, so we have to embrace technology,” she said.