About 2,150 basic education teachers were selected by the State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) from the 908 schools in the 3 Senatorial Districts of Ekiti state were trained on digital literacy. The 3-day workshop was held from Monday, the 30th of November to Wednesday, the 2nd of December 2020 at three centres of St. John's Anglican Nursery/Primary School, Afao-Ikere, CAC (Christ Apostolic Church) Oke Isegun Nursery/Primary School, Ido-Ekiti, and St. Stephens Nursery/Primary, Okesa, Ado-Ekiti.
Earlier in October 2020, NSF partnered with Teach for Nigeria to facilitate online training on digital literacy skills via Whatsapp messenger and Zoom for 1,692 teachers from Bauchi state (427 teachers), Borno state (344 teachers), Gombe state (244 teachers), Yobe state (322 teachers), Kano state (320 teachers), and Benue state (34 teachers). Following the collapse of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, a face-to-face training was organized in Ekiti state.
The aim of the training was to support the Ekiti State Government to enhance effectiveness and improve learning outcomes for students. The programme was implemented by Teach For Nigeria (TFN) and funded Profuturo, a digital education programme by Telefónica Foundation and ¨la Caixa¨ Foundation to narrow the education gap in the world by improving the quality of education for millions of children living in vulnerable environments of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.
They use technology to reach more people and innovative digital teaching-learning experiences to enhance the development of digital skills. The programme equips teachers, students, and school principals to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated online teaching and learning to ensure that students are not left behind.
The goal of this digital literacy training is to increase the pedagogical skills and subject content knowledge of the teachers to teach using technology. The objectives were to train the teachers to access and retrieve information like emails, posts, and documents on digital platforms using smart phones, tablets, or computers, enhance teachers’ pedagogy and subject content knowledge, and use learning softwares to develop content for training of students using digital platforms.
The opening ceremony commenced at the office of Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Okesa, Ado Ekiti. The programme was officially declared open by the Executive Chairman, Professor Femi Akinwumi, with the Executive Governor ably represented by Professor Francisca Aladejana (Special Adviser, Basic Education).
While delivering his address, Professor Akinwumi enjoined the selected teachers to embrace the pedagogical approach of teaching in their practices in their classrooms.
Professor Aladejana charged the participants to always be ready to integrate new methods and practices of teaching. "You can not build a new city with an old map. Pedagogy is a vital element in teaching practices.” She said. Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary of SUBEB, Mr. Oluwadare Ajayi, the Director of Teacher Professional Development of SUBEB, Mrs. Sola Shittu Temitope, the Programme Manager, Teach For Nigeria, Mrs. Tope Akintunde, and the Commissioner for Human Resources, of SUBEB.
During the 3-day pedagogical training, forty-five Facilitators broke 50 teachers per cluster with Ikere Ekiti (which is Ekiti South Senatorial District) split into two centers of St. John's Anglican Nursery/Primary School, Ikere, and God's Grace Nursery/Primary School, Afao-Ikere. They were guided on Modules that covered Basic Digital Skills 1 & 2, Large Group Management Strategies, Emotional Education, Vision and Planning, Classroom Culture I, II, and III. At the close of the training, the 2,150 teachers were engaged in an assessment exercise.
In the future NSF wants to support teachers to create learning expectations for their students and understand how children learn through constant assessments so that learners can be provided targeted support.