With the primary aim of sensitizing and refurnishing our builders; those to whom we entrust the secondary growth of our young children, Yattiyr Scholarship Initiative (YSI) had her first general teachers’ training: Kwara Teachers’ Conference. And it was consequently themed “Rebuilding the builders”. The event held on the 7th of May, 2019 at Mustapha Akanbi Hall in Ilorin, Kwara State. Anchored by Miss Faith Ederefo, the program kicked off by 10:05am, from an opening remark to the recitation of the National Anthem. A presentation on the organization’s vision, mission and accomplishments thus far, was made by Miss Ifeoluwa Gbala, the Secretary General of YSI. This was followed by the delivery of the welcome address by the Convener and President, YSI, Mr. John Fatoye. In his address, he highlighted the goals of the Kwara Teachers’ Conference which are focused on creating/reshaping the mindset and orientation of teachers towards their responsibilities and duty deliveries in line with the 21st century. He also introduced notable guests present at the conference including the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Kwara state chapter, Alhaji Toyin Abdullahi. He also welcomed and appreciated the facilitators for their individual efforts and contributions towards reviving the Nigerian education sector.
After the President’s address, a documentary on the importance of teachers’ education compiled by the content team of YSI was relayed. The documentary captured the core values and importance of investing in teacher education and how it will greatly influence the quality of students produced. Following this, the first talk session was delivered by Mr. Kayode Alabi. He discussed on “the place of character in teaching”. He outlined the effects of teachers’ attitude on students’ performances and enthusiasm towards academic success. After his talk, a short impact video of an interview with Miss Seun Awodiji, an outstanding teacher whose dedication to the profession has attracted accolades from all spheres, was played. Participating teachers whose abstracts were accepted for presentation also shared their various research output on accessibility and usability of technological educational tools in Kwara state.
The second session on “leveraging on the new age media to maximize impact in the classroom” was facilitated by Mr. Ayodele Odeogbola. He introduced the teachers to platforms and technological tools that can be adopted to improve their teaching methodologies and consequently transform their students’ exposure and performances. This session was followed by a motivational talk by Mr. Soji Megbowon ‘VillageTisa’, an award-winning impact-driven teacher whose extraordinary efforts have been recognized internationally. Afterwards, the first panel session, moderated by the director of projects, YSI commenced. The first panel session was themed “Challenges and prospects of education in Nigeria”. The Kwara state NUT chairman and the facilitators formed the panel for this session and addressed questions centred on the future of education in Nigeria.
After the break, Mr. Elvis Boniface facilitated the third session. He educated the teachers on “Digital Literacy”. He reiterated the urgent need for teachers to be digitally oriented if they want to be globally relevant. The final session of the conference which was on “Positioning yourself for Global Impact as a Teacher” was facilitated by Mr. Samuel Itodo. He established through his training that, teachers should brace up to explore global opportunities such as funding or grants that can be used to improve their professional output. The session was succeeded by the second panel session themed “influence of teachers’ efficiency on students’ performances” which was moderated by Faith Ederefo. Discussions during this panel session included factors affecting teachers’ quality in Nigeria and the remedial approach in rejuvenating students’ performances. The question and answer session was quite interactive and insightful.
In recognition of his service and contribution to education in Kwara state, Mr. Kayode Alabi was given an award of recognition of meritorious service. The closing remark was given by Mr. Emmanuel Tobiloba at 4:10pm and the curtains of the conference were drawn.

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