Demonstrating commitment to the upskilling of teachers and the growth of primary education, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board’s (LASUBEB) EKOEXCEL has partnered the state chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) for the maiden edition of its lecture and award series.
The event, with the theme: ‘’Development Through Education-Learning and Livelihood,’’ was held last week with teachers and public officials in attendance.
Lagos NUT Chairman Hassan Akintoye explained that the lecture was to advance the cause of education and promote stakeholders’ engagement and commitment to its growth.
He added that the theme was chosen to allow stakeholders to deliberate on arresting the falling standard of education and knowledge gaps and promote industry skill for a sustainable educational system.
LASUBEB’s Executive Chairman Wahab Alawiye-King commended the initiative, saying it “critically considered and reviewed matters of public importance and honoured those that have contributed to the development of education.”
Earlier, Chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Opeyemi Bamidele said effective linkage between the education sector and industries should be promoted to bridge the knowledge gap between research and development.
Bamidele also said no nation could develop beyond the capacity of its educational institutions and system.
He acknowledged teachers’ efforts, asking them to remain steadfast, dedicated and committed contributors to nation-building.
Commissioner for Education Mrs Folasade Adefisayo commended teachers, noting that their mandate was to increase access and improve learning outcomes in primary and secondary schools.
She promised that teachers would continue to make learning conducive by renovating schools and exposing teachers to skills to enhance effective performance.
“Eighty per cent of parents say children have improved since the start of EKOEXCEL Initiative, which has to improve numeracy and literacy in pupils,” she said.
Months before the lecture, NUT Chairman Akintoye requested EKOEXCEL to partner NUT in its planning and execution.
This article appeared originally on The Nation, Aug 17, 2022.