Teachers handling preprimary school classes in Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State have concluded training programmes organised by UNICEF in some Council areas in the state.
The trainees applauded the training programmes which were conducted with modern teaching methodologies, skills, said that they were upgraded with knowledge in handling the Early Child Development (ECD) classes.
The five-day training was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with Universial Basic Education Board, Ebonyi State at Owutu Edda Central School, Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
According to the Director in-charge of UNICEF Assisted programmes in Ebonyi State Universial Basic Education Board,Dr.Christogunus Nweke the training is local government based stating that the Participants were selected by the local government education officers who are directly incharge of the teachers at the local government level.
He said UNICEF has funded the training since 2018 in Ebonyi State, mainly focused on three LGAs that are being funded by the UNICEF which includes: Izzi,Ikwo and Afikpo South representing each Senatorial zone.
Dr. Nweke noted that the criteria were that,all schools in Afikpo South must be represented, and should also ensure equity in the selection process and pay more attention at the caregivers who had never benefited in the programme before to ensure that the received proper training for effective teaching and learning.
He explained that other purpose of the training is to boast the capacity of teachers that teach in the preprimary school centres;the preprimary school centres attached to government schools to enable them adapt to a modern approaches.
“The training is local government based.Participants were selected by the local government education officers who are directly incharge of the teachers at the local government.The criteria is that all schools in Afikpo South must be represented, and should also ensure equity in the selection process and pay more attention at the caregivers who had never benefited in the programme before”.
As to the challenges before them,he said it ranges from structural, Institutional and teaching problems said that the sources of learning materials have always posed a challenge to academic institutions since schools and Communities do not replace their learning materials after use, called on government to recruit more teachers for a comprehensive teaching and learning in schools across the state.
“The problem of learning materials has always been in the education sector principally because many materials are consumables, and most of the times, when these materials are selected and used,the schools and Communities do not replace this learning materials again.
So, based on the impact of instructional materials in effective teaching and learning more especially at the ECD level.We integrated the development of instructional materials, the Regio-Emillia Teaching Approach” so that the will be able to produce some of this learning materials such as toys and other play materials to make sure there is no gap between what government provided and what is needed in the schools.
“I am confident that the skills the have aquired in the cause of this training, the are going to apply it, and if any of them did not apply it;we have already sensitized quality assurance department at the local government to step up monitoring mechanisms to ensure that the teachers utilized them.
We have been able to build capacity to ensure that the local government education authorities actually repricate it as well as state government. More especially,we have been able to menstream this method in the annual UBEC Funded Teachers Capacity Development.Infact,it is a very big achievement.
“Basically,I would want government to ensure that more teachers are recruited because they number of teachers have decreased.
“I also want to appeal to Communities to step up their efforts in partnering with government to run schools and ensure that community teachers are employed.” he said.
On his part,one of the facilitators,Dr.Stanley Ikoro, said the training is to step down the Rejio-Emillia Teaching Method” for teachers handling ECD classes at preprimary school level to be well edified on skills to develop Daily teachers plan among others.
Today’s training is quite successful. The teachers have been drilled on the methodology;the skills and the lesson plan which we call. Daily Teacher’s Plan”on how the will manage the school each day.It has been impressive and the have learnt alot today.
“It is meant for those handling our ECD classes to enable them teach those children adequately at preprimary school level.ECD means “Early Child’s Development.”
While expressing their feelings about the training,Mrs.Onyike Nnenna,an ECD teacher at Nkpoholo primary school,Itim Eda Afikpo South said the refresher training is about handling ECD classes with materials available in their environment using “Regio-Emillia method”
“We have been trained before,now we are refreshing and developing what we have forgotten.Handling this children is not easy because you have to bring it down to their level.
Other participants, Mrs.Elizabeth Nwogu and Okoro Rosslyn noted that the training is wonderful because it is an eye opener to them noting that it enhances their knowledge on how to handle the children with the local materials available in order to impact knowledge on them and they children will exploit it to bring out something meaningful.
Earlier in his remarks,the Afikpo South Education Secretary,Comrade Oti Ogene applauded the efforts of UNICEF in collaboration with Universial Basic Education Board (UBEB) for organizing the training for teachers in the area stating that he has set up a committee to ensure full implementation.
“I am satisfied with the way our teachers were trained because it helps to equip the caregivers with the necessary knowledge on how to handle the children under their care. Before now,the don’t know their left and right ,but I am happy that they are fully equipped with the requisite knowledge as caregivers.
“In order to ensure commitment and effective teaching and learning,I use to send my quality assurance team to go round the schools to supervise the roles they are playing in various schools under my watch.
“I want appeal to state government to recruit more teachers.When we went to UBEB, the instructed us to ensure that every school has aleast six teachers and I am doing my best to ensure that we maintain that from primary one to six.