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Education Secretariat, British Council partner on digital literacy

Sep, 2021 | By Abdullahi Mamman and Adaobi Nwagbo | ||

British Council has collaborated with Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Education Secretariat to introduce its step- down training for teachers in FCT under the theme 'Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning Digital Literacy'. The training workshop is expected to take place in four major cities in Nigeria. These are Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano in that order.

These were disclosed by the Director, Co-Curricular, FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB), Hajia Fatima .G. Baba during the opening ceremony of a two-day training workshop at Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja. Speaking during the event, the Director/Secretary, SEB, Mrs. Nanre Emeje, admitted that technology has reduced the world to a global village.

She noted that processes adopted to carry our activities were no longer manual or analogue, but digital. Mrs. Emeje said: ''We are now in a digital world, hence digital literacy is a must for every teacher in the Federal Capital Territory.'' The Secretary, however, observed that Nigeria is already late in connecting classrooms, pointing out that many other countries ''have gone ahead of us technology-wise.''

Emeje thanked the British Council for partnering with FCTA to ensure quality education in the nation's capital. In his welcome speech, Acting Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Alhaji Hassan Sule, emphasized that the purpose of the workshop was to instill digital literacy consciousness in FCT teachers and improve quality learning in all FCT schools.

Sule admonished participants to be focused and ensure that the objectives of the training were achieved with evidence in the various schools. The training sessions were divided into six. The first was on 'Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Exploration of Learning Crisis and Deep Learning'. The second session was on' Digital Literacy: Implication for Pedagogy', while the third dwelt on 'Leadership and Personal Development'.

The fourth session harped on 'Creativity and Imagination', the fifth was on 'Citizenship' while the sixth was on 'Communication and Collaboration'. The resource persons at the event were products of British Council previous trainings on digital literacy. They were drawn from SEB, UBEB and FCTA Department of Quality Assurance. The workshop was sponsored by Abuja branch of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) alongside All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCPSS), Abuja branch.

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