***Offers To Train 500, 000 Teachers –
The British Council, on Monday, pledged to support Nigeria’s educational system, adding that it will assist the country in training the 500,000 teachers to be employed by the federal government.
This was revealed by the Chief Executive of the Council, Claran Devane, during a dinner organised in his honour in Abuja.
Devane, who said that the training is aimed at strengthening the educational system in the country, added that it would be centred on technical support and the capacity building of the teachers.
He said, ‘‘I am leading a delegation to Nigeria from the British Council and UK parliament involving journalist as well and Vice Chancellors of leading UK universities. We are here in Nigeria to look at collaborations British Council has with Nigeria in culture sector, education sector, security and education.
‘‘We want to see what is going on and what we can learn from, which we can carry to other parts of the world. But going forward, we need to think of what is good for modern Nigeria in some ways. We need to think through how we can work through the education system which is growing rapidly and training the 500, 000 teachers the government plans to hire. We will be doing more, making new things like Lagos Festival.
‘‘We have a lot of experience from other countries and we work with teachers who become trainers. But then, a lot can be done digitally like in Pakistan, where teachers learn from different cities. In Europe and America, we have programmes with supporting class rooms and training methodology will be another input.
‘‘With the number of young people joining the school system in Nigeria, whatever we can do to support the school system we will do.”
He described Nigeria as one of the most important countries to the British Government, adding that despite the present economic situation experienced, Nigeria will in a short while, become one of the powerful drivers of economy.
“For me, Nigeria is one of the most important countries in the world to the British Government, the bigger and fastest growing economy in Africa. Nigeria is going to be one of the powerful drivers of economy in the future. For me the connection is getting stronger, the significance of Nigeria will only grow stronger as well,” he said.