PCNI Trains 1,100 Teachers in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe States
As part of its broader mandate of developing the North East economy through qualitative education, the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) in collaboration with University of Maiduguri, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola and Yobe State University, Damaturu has commenced a 5 day capacity building Workshop for Primary Schools Teachers which is simultaneously being held in Maiduguri, Borno State and Yola, Adamawa State respectively from Monday 19th March, 2018 to Friday, 23rd March, 2018.
Declaring the workshop open, at Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies (MOGCOLIS) Conference Hall the Vice Chairman, PCNI, Mr. Tijjani Tumsah said the workshop module was carefully selected to include intensive teaching techniques, conflict, risk and disaster reduction and psycho social support training among others.
Speaking further, Tumsah said the workshop was in line with the Buhari Plan and PCNI core mandate aimed at improving the content delivery and skills of Primary School Teachers from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states which were grossly affected by the boko Haram insurgency as post conflict education initiative.
He added that PCNI through the collaborating institutions has engaged versatile consultants and educationists bearing in mind the importance of the profession to nation building. Represented by the Chairman, Sub Committee on Education, PCNI, Professor Hauwa Audu Biu, the Vice Chairman said the workshop was aimed at achieving capacity to support parents and pupils affected by the insurgency, provide guidance to participants on how to develop assessment instruments , making scheme scoring techniques in consonance with the learning objectives and exposing the participants to contemporary teaching techniques.
while stressing that insurgency has grossly traumatized both the parents, teachers ,pupils and students and as such require psycho- social support training to guide the teachers and counsel the parents and children, the Vice Chairman further revealed that PCNI carefully selected 300 participants from Adamawa state, 300 participants from Yobe state and 500 participants from Borno state for the 1st phase of this ongoing workshop while that of Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi will be held next.
The Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi appreciated the organizers if the workshop, observing that, the title if the workshop was very stimulating and challenging as well very demanding.
Represented by Professor Buba Mshelia, he said The resource persons were vibrant and competent to deliver while thanking the organizers of the workshop.
The Executive Chairman/ Commissioner, Borno State UBEB, Dr. Shettima Bukar Kullima said the board was making frantic effort in making teachers more comfortable and productive in schools as part of the post insurgency education activities in the state.
He said the series if training and retraining programmes on psycho social support have been conducted in collaboration with the Save The Children and UNICEF for teachers in the state.Represented by Alhaji Abba Kuma, Director Personnel Services, SUBEB added that the workshop was timely as it was organized at the time the traumatized teachers need some trainings to refresh their brains make them more committed to their teaching profession.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the workshop, Professor Buluma Kagu said the capacity building workshop was unique as it brought in collaboration from SUBEB, PCNI, University of Maiduguri, Yobe State University, Damaturu and Modibbo University if Technology, Yola.