R-L: Akpanossom Essien Udoh, UBEC Zonal Director South-South Zone; Ozavize E. Salami, Executive Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (Edo SUBEB) and Beatrice E. Okei, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Edo State co-ordinator at the ongoing Teacher Professional Development Programme taking place in Benin City, Edo State.
Teachers undergoing professional development have expressed gratitude to the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) Board, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi and the Chairman of Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (Edo SUBEB), Mrs. Ozavize E. Salami for the opportunity to be part of a word-class training programme in Benin City.
The teachers who are drawn from hard-to-reach areas across Edo State are being trained to deliver impactful lessons using proven techniques adopted under the EdoBEST programme.
Many of the teachers, who have over 10 years teaching experience, disclosed that they have not received any formal training over the years. They therefore lauded the governor for opening their eyes to new thinking in the field of basic education service delivery as contained in the training.
“I have been a teacher for 13 years and this is the second training I have received so far, this training stands out because it has exposed me to new ideas, I am particularly thrilled that there are more productive methods to motivate my pupils to succeed,” Mrs. Egah Augustina who teaches at Ukhuanlen Primary School, Esan Central local government said. “With this new training, my pupils will do better”
Another teacher, Osakpolor Aimuaemnosa, who is going to serve as a Learning and Development Officer noted that she was particularly impressed with the emphasis on the use of technology and how it can improve learning outcomes. “Governor Obaseki and Edo SUBEB have done very well with this training,” she said. “With this training, I can compete with teachers in developed countries.
Beginning in 2018, Governor Godwin Obaseki implemented a revolutionary basic education sector transformation programme, EdoBEST with the aim of radically improving learning outcomes among pupils in Edo State.
In the past three years, over 12,000 teachers have been trained and equipped with technology and support to deliver impactful lessons. Studies have shown that the reform of the government in the basic education sphere is yielding positive results, as learning outcomes among pupils has significantly improved.
The current wave of trainings is designed to equip teachers in hard-to-reach areas and increase the number of teachers in Edo State primary and secondary schools.