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U.S. Consulate Launches Workshop to Equip 300 Public School Teachers in Nigeria with 21st Century Teaching Skills

In Lagos, One hundred teachers drawn from public and low-cost private secondary schools in underserved communities have been trained in effective virtual classroom pedagogy, best practices in curriculum development, lesson planning, and innovative 21st century student-centered teaching methods.

The capacity building workshop tagged “Re-imagining EducationX 2021: The Teacher on the Move”, was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund with support from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S Consulate General in Lagos.

Under the initiative, 300 secondary school teachers from Lagos, Rivers and Enugu states will acquire skills in effective virtual classroom pedagogy, best practices in curriculum development, lesson planning, and innovative 21st century student-centered teaching methods.

Conducted by the Street to School Initiative, a U.S. government exchange alumnae-led organization, the capacity training initiative also aims to strengthen digital literacy skills of the participating teachers to enable them to utilize digital tools and platforms more effectively in both classroom and virtual learning environments.

Declaring the workshop open in Ojodu area of Lagos, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Mr Stephen Ibelli reiterated the U.S. Mission’s commitment to supporting a more educated population by increasing and strengthening the capacity of Nigerian teachers through teacher training workshops and exchange programmes.

The US Public Affairs Officer lauded the CEO of Street to School Initiative, Ms Oluwatosin Olowoyeye-Taiwo, a 2014 alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Programme for her tireless efforts in enhancing quality education in Nigeria.

“U.S. Government exchange alumni members like Ms. Oluwatosin Olowoyeye-Taiwo are at the forefront of promoting access to qualitative education, good governance and civic engagement throughout Nigeria,
From the north to the south, from Calabar to Kano, we support educational initiatives like this, and we remain committed to strengthening human capital for inclusive Nigerian economic growth and human development.” he stated

Mr Ibelli urged the participating teachers to take advantage of the great opportunity and acquire the requisite skills for providing a quality learning experience for their students.

As part of the Consulate’s commitment to the success of the workshop, 10 tablets and a laptop were presented to deserving teachers following a competitive selection process.

In addition, tablets will be presented to the five top-performing teachers at the completion of the workshop for the teachers to use in working with students, updating lesson content, innovating teaching methods, and monitoring learners’ progress.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, expressed appreciation to the U.S. government and its partners for collaborating to upskill teachers across public and private schools in Lagos. “This workshop will further improve educational outcomes in Lagos,” she added.

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