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Korea trains Nigerian officials in education management, policy

Jul, 2021 | By Kabiru Musa and Odugbo Sarah | ||

To further strengthen the skills, knowledge and techniques in Nigeria's education policy and management, the Republic of Korea has organized a two-week intensive training titled 'Capacity Building on Policy and Management Program Nigeria'. Speaking during the closing ceremony of the event which was designed for various education officials from different government bodies, the Country Director, Mr Woochan Chang, said Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) planned the fellowship program, which commenced last year, for three years (2020 -2022).

He said it started with 15 participants with Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) officials participating but was increased to 22 participants drawn from various Education Ministries because of the importance and impact of the program in improving and addressing gaps in the education sector. Chang explained that the participants as policy makers were key stakeholders and the training was necessary to shape the education policy in Nigeria as they were familiar with the Nigerian environment and system.

Mr Woochan Chang stated that the participants' inputs were needed drawing from the intensive sessions, discussions and online seminars and conferences they had been engaged in during the program. He said KOIKA had been supporting Nigeria with e- learning techniques and involved in multimedia training in other states of the Federation, adding that the objectives were to fortify the professional network between Korea and Nigeria by sharing knowledge of education programs as well as help to improve Nigeria' s education policies and assist in formulating policy alternatives while promoting mutual understanding and cooperation in the education sector between the two countries among others.

He expressed hope that this kind of collaboration will continue in the future, and congratulated the 22 participants for the successful completion of the Fellowship Program of the Government of Korea. Speaking in the same vein, the Director Department of Policy Planning Research and Statistics, Dr Sani Ladan who represented the Ag. Secretary and Director of Administration and Finance said the collaboration between FCT and KOICA had made great impact and progress over the years as evident in the construction of Nigeria Korea Model School Piwoyi which Nigerian children from the community were enjoying and their various training Program had also enhanced the capacity of staff thereby improving and adding lasting values to the system.

He assured KOICA of FCT determination to fully utilize the opportunity by stepping it down to FCT Schools in order to strengthen the skills and techniques of teachers to meet global standards. Dr. Ladan expressed appreciation to KOICA for its continuous robust collaboration which the FCT Administration had been enjoying. Other goodwill messages came from the Minister of National Budget and Planning, Hajia Fatima Sheji who acknowledged the support and partnership of KOICA in ensuring that all their programmes in Nigeria did not stop even during the Covid-19, and urged the participants to continue to keep pace with the knowledge acquired. Also, the Federal Ministry of Education represented by Mrs Omolara Oludoun, an Assistant Director said the capacity building of KOICA had continued to strengthen the bilateral relationship of the two countries, adding that the intensive online training will continue to complement traditional learning in Nigeria.

In his contributions, the Director in the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr Olumayowa Aleshin said Nigeria was committed to the laudable collaboration and express the Commission's appreciation to KOICA while urging the participants not to relent in their efforts at utilizing the programmes' benefits in order to avoid waste of resources and goodwill. Also expressing her delight on the capacity building program, the Director and Principal of Nigeria Korea Model School who is also one of the participants of this year's Capacity Building on Education Policy and Management Program, Ms Pamela Mbanefo said the program will go a long way in advancing the policies in the Education sector because without policy, no meaningful implementation will take place hence the participants were grateful for the lifetime opportunity given to improve on their professional capacity and take the education system in the FCT and Nigeria as a whole to enviable heights in global practices.

The highlight of the program was the award of Fellowship Program Certificate to the 22 participants who were drawn from FCT Education Secretariat with 11 participants, Federal Ministry of Education with 5 participants and Universal Basic Education Commission with 6 participants who all expressed their gratitude for such opportunity and promised to share their experiences in shaping the sector.

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