200 FCT teach­ers be­gin SMASE in-ser­vice train­ing

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

Two hun­dred pri­mary schools’ Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ence teach­ers in the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) are cur­rently camp­ing at the Govern­ment Girls Sec­ondary School, Dutse-Al­haji in Bwari Area Coun­cil for a week 2nd cy­cle in-ser­vice ed­u­ca­tion train­ing un­der the Strength­en­ing Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion (SMASE) pro­gramme.

The 1st cy­cle was or­ga­nized two years ago un­der the same SMASE pro­grame, jointly spon­sored by the FCT Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board, the Federal Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA).

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the train­ing, the chair­man, FCT Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board, Al­haji Umar Ba­rau Ningi, said the main ob­jec­tive of the train­ing is to en­able core teach­ers plan bet­ter ac­tiv­ity based lessons (ASEI Les­son), which ac­cord­ing to him, is the essence of teach­ing.

“When the teach­ing of Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ences is ef­fec­tively car­ried out through the use of var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, learn­ing by chil­dren be­comes a worth­while ex­pe­ri­ence and they learn very fast. In this re­gard there­fore, I com­pletely iden­tify my­self with this project and hope that we would con­tinue to make progress,” he said.

The chair­man re­minded the par­tic­i­pants that em­pha­sis is to pro­mote the qual­ity of teach­ing that is child – cen­tred and not teacher –cen­tred.

Ear­lier, FCT SMASE Co­or­di­na­tor, Dr. Cather­ine Ezeilu, said FCT keyed into the SMASE pro­gramme in 2010 and that about 2600 teach­ers were trained dur­ing the 1st cy­cle of the train­ing, adding that the 200 par­tic­i­pants at the 2nd cy­cle train­ing are ex­pected to go back to their var­i­ous schools to train their col­leagues.

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