Play-based learning initiative for pre-primary to primary two children has been described as a crucial bedrock for children which Oyo State Government intends to harness for the development of education.
In this regard the State Government has promised to train all pre-primary school teachers in order to inspire standard practice in the education sector as well as grow teachers’ self esteem during teaching.
This was said on Tuesday by the Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran during a courtesy visit by the Chief Executive Officer, Early Childhood Development Initiative, ECDI, Canada, Mrs. Patricia Eno Falope to his office in Ibadan.
Adeniran informed his visitors that the State government would embark on various measures to get more from teachers, as according to him, the gains in training teachers more on early childhood education in the State would be to the benefits of the teachers and the society.
He maintained that if initiatives targeted at teachers’ capacity improvement and development were adopted, the State could then boast of providing quality education.
“Oyo State Government would key into this laudable initiative of Early Childhood Development Centres, across the State to get more in return to achieve the ultimate dream of having success through students’ performance, as the input through the teacher will surely reflect in the final result seen in students’ performance in public examinations.
“While monitoring schools across all LGAs in the State, I noticed we do not have enough ECDs. This is disheartening. But be rest assured that the Seyi Makinde led administration would rectify these anomalies. We will ensure training for all pre-primary teachers and we will increase the ECD centres”, he ascertained.
Dr. Adeniran noted that state-wide enactment of Early Childhood Development Centres will help the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration realize the desired paradigm shift in the education sector.
He therefore pledged the State Government’s readiness to harness the early childhood development and training-the-trainer initiatives for a superlative transformation of the sector.
Dr. Adeniran also thanked the team for contributing its quota to the educational development of both teachers and pupils which he said has helped birthed the initiative in Oyo State.
In her words, Mrs. Patricia Eno Falope noted that Oyo State is the only South-West state that has keyed into this initiative, expressing her assurance for the vibrant running of the pilot study.
She disclosed that the initiative has study partners such as Ryerson University and ECDI, Canada, while Oyo State Government through the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), National Commission for Colleges of Education, University of Ibadan and UBEC were partners in the initiative.
She further revealed that the development initiative already had 24 pre- primary school teachers undergoing training in Ogbomosho North and Ido Local Government, while 271 pupils were benefiting from these pilot study.
The three-year long study was targeted at measuring the impact of play-based learning on children’s educational outcomes from pre-primary to primary two in public primary schools in the State.
Education: NGO Donates Free Exercise Books To Students In Ekiti
A Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the aegis of VMA Foundation has distributed exercise books worth over N500,000 to public primary and secondary schools in Oke-Oro Ekiti, Ekiti state. The Foundation owned by Chief Victor Mobolaji, an international businessman, also offers medical outreach, educational services, vocational training, agricultural and economic empowerment to the aged and less privileged in the society.
Founder of the organisation, Chief Mobolaji informed that the gesture is to support the less privileged and indigent students whose parents could barely afford school materials.
“It gives us great pleasure to support the students in Oke Oro, we consider educating the younger ones to be a top priority. The more we can support programmes that enrich their educational experiences, the better”.
He disclosed further that the foundation has also spent millions of Naira on economic empowerment and health care services to support people with health challenges in the country.
Chief Mobolaji, however promised that the foundation will not relent in its efforts to better the lives of the people around, just as he urged others to replicate such gesture.
Remarking, the Owa of Oke Oro Ekiti, Oba Alex Adebukola Aina lauded Mobolaji for his gesture, urging him to continue to be a good ambassador of the community.
“We are proud of you, your gesture will go a long way in assisting the younger ones who are the future of the community and I want to urge you to continue your good deed”, he said.
OyoSUBEB resumes inspection of Intervention Projects
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran earlier this week has continued the inspection of some ongoing 2017 UBEC-OyoSUBEB intervention projects in Ogbomosho and Ibadan zones.
Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran while inspecting, recounted the importance of the projects to improvement of basic education in the State.
The Chairman expressed satisfaction at the standard and speed at which the ongoing projects are being executed, saying most of the projects are ready for use for the pupils when pupils resume school, next term.
He also revealed that the completion of the projects would give easy passage to the commencement the 2018 Intervention projects in earnest, noting that the inspection became very necessary, due to the Executive Governor’s passion for the sector.
The Chairman’s first call was Methodist Primary School, Bodija, where he assured the school authority that Government would soon site a Model school there, in fulfilment of the State Government’s pledge to improve learning in the State.
“As soon as we commence the next intervention Project, a Model school would be sited here. Therefore, let me plead with the traders displaying their wares at the entrance of schools; blocking the entrance of this school, to please vacate the space, as a big project would soon commence here”, he said.
The Chairman also visited Anwaru-Islam Primary School, Eleyele, 1,2,3, and St. Peters Primary School, Aremo, where he urged the contractors on site to speed up the projects, against resumption of the pupils, next term.
Further among other projects visited by the Chairman is Elewura Community Primary School, Elewura- where the project has been completed, and in use already by the School pupils.
Speaking on security threats meted out by hoodlums in most public-school premises, the Chairman promised that the State Government would henceforth ensure arrest and prosecution of anyone found culpable of disturbing the peace of schools, during and after school hours.
Meanwhile, the Chairman also monitored the ongoing Unified examination in all public pry. Schools in the State.
The Chairman said the essence of the monitoring exercise was to ensure that quality returned to the education system in the State.
He recalled that the present administration, under Governor Seyi Makinde, has strengthened the unified examination, so as to nurture the pupils from the scratch, saying this would go a long way in curbing failure.
He said, “This Government has paid for the unified examination for public primary schools in the state, which the past administration rested its responsibilities on the shoulders of the parents. With this exam, we can know the competence level of each pupil we nurture and know how to help them”.
“With this kind gesture of the Governor, no pupil would be absent based on lack of funds”, he opined.
34th Convocation Ceremony: Ibadan Poly to Honour Best Graduating Students
Management of The Polytechnic Ibadan has disclosed that it will recognize and honour its best graduating students who have satisfactory distinguished themselves in learning, character, exceptionally excelled across programmes and also those who recorded best performance in other extra curricular activities.
Its Deputy Rector, who doubles as the Chairman, Graduation Ceremony Planning Committee, Mrs Abiodun Olubunmi Olubamiwa disclosed this in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital at a Press Briefing ahead of the 34th Convocation Ceremony billed for 13th December, 2019, held at the premises of the institution on Wednesday.
Olubamiwa noted that the decision will serve as a motivation to current and prospective students by encouraging them to always put in their best in their studies, adding that the ceremony will also serve as a social and moral reward for parents and guardians who put in their hard earned resources to support their children and wards towards making a success in their academic endeavours.
Also, the Deputy Rector hinted that the ceremony is to be presided over by the Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who is also the visitor to the institution, saying “this will be the first graduation ceremony of the Institution he will be attending since inception of this administration on 29th May, 2019”
While highlighting the series of activities lined up for the Graduation Ceremony of the institution, she listed Jumah and Church services, graduation lecture, graduation and award giving ceremony among others as the activities to commemorate the ceremony.
Speaking further, she also informed that the graduation lecture titled: “The Dream, The Challenges and The Reality of Contemporary Nigeria for Fresh Graduates” would be delivered by Prof Ayobami Ojebode, the Head of Department, Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. Olubamiwa explained that the lecture is organized with the intend of broadening the knowledge of all the graduands and to educate them on the issues around contemporary Nigeria as it affects fresh graduates
“This lecture will serve as parting advice for them to be successful in life”, she said.
According to the Deputy Rector, ten undergraduate students of the institution have been given scholarship award for their studies at the institution due to their outstanding performance at the Nigeria Polytechnic Games, (NIPOGA), stressing that those who were rewarded for their outstanding performance at the recent zonal NIPOGA games, held at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo in Ondo State participated in games like tennis, baseball, scrabbles, chess, hockey and other games.
She added that the management and the Rector of the institution; Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi approved the scholarship to motivate students and staff in the area of sporting activities.
“The gesture was to prove that the institution does not only reward academic excellent alone but also gives full recognition to students that shine in the other field such as sports. The management of the institution gave full support to sporting activities for both students and staff. The institution participated in zonal NIPOGA games which was held at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo ondo state between 19th and 25th October, 2019 and the students won twenty five (25) gold medals in the various sporting activities such as tennis, baseball, scrabbles, chess, hockey and other games.
“In recognition of these landmark achievements, the management of the institution under the leadership of Prof. Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi had graciously approved scholarship for ten (10) student’s athletes that excelled in the above mentioned competition. This act proves that The Polytechnic, Ibadan does not only reward academic excellent but gives full recognition to students that shine in the other field such as sports”, Olubamiwa concluded.
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