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Lagos govt, Casio, SKLD urge teachers to adopt new teaching skills

Ayodele Olalere
The Lagos State Government in partnership with Casio and SKLD has charged teachers, both in the private and public schools, to adopt their teaching skills to modern techniques so as to be able to meet the needs of their students.

At the opening ceremony of a capacity building programme for teachers organised by the state government in partnership with Casio and SKLD with the theme ‘Equipping Educators with Enquiry-Based Methodology and Accuracy Skills in the 21st Century Classroom’ held in Lagos on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Jamiu Tolani Alli-Balogun said there is a need for teachers to adapt their teaching practices to meet the demands of the rapidly changing educational landscape.

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The commissioner said students are now more inquisitive as they ask more questions thereby making it more important for teachers to equip themselves with the tools that would help the students ‘navigate this complex world and succeed in an ever-changing society.’

He added that enquiry-based methodology empowers students to ask questions, explore multiple perspectives, and critically analyze information which help them to develop skills such as creativity and effective communication.

“As educators, we must equip ourselves with the necessary skills and knowledge to guide our students in this process,” he said.

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While encouraging participants to focus on the benefits of the training, Alli-Balogun urged them to see the workshop as an opportunity to acquire knowledge that would ‘ transform the lives of our students and shape the future of education.’

The General Manager, Casio Middle East and Africa, Koji Shimada, said the company, in partnership with the state government, established Casio Lab in 2018 where 3,000 teachers were trained. He added the lab would be expanded to five divisions of Lagos State, adding the expansion would further develop the education sector in Nigeria.

The Deputy Managing Director, SKLD, Tayo Osiyemi said partnering with Lagos State government was necessary adding that the teachers would be trained on the use of technology to enhance the educational standard of students in the state.