A crucial requirement for societal growth and development is education, and at the centre of the education delivery system are the teachers. In a constantly evolving clime of the 21st century, teaching is a profession that requires progressive capacity building and training for optimum efficiency. Sadly, the archaic idea of what the teaching profession entails still widely dominates the Nigerian education system especially in the pre-tertiary educational levels, which in turn influences the competence and quality of the students produced. In Nigeria as a whole, researchers have postulated that over 60% of the teachers fall below the standards of an average 21st century teacher and Kwara state seems to be a hub for this.
It has been argued by different education parastatals that the efficiency of a teacher is directly proportional to the level of competence of the students. As this may not turn out true in a few
cases, teacher’s efficiency remains a key variable in evaluating the outcome of a student. To achieve the United Nations SDG 2030 timeline of ensuring inclusive and equitable access to quality education, more teachers with core knowledge and competencies to use proven teaching methodologies to deliver appropriate quality education according to the 21st century standards must be available. During our last project (Kwara Brain Point Challenge 1.0), a survey among the 207 students from the 69 schools who participated in the inter-quiz competition, showed pronounced low academic performance attributed to poor understanding of the subjects. Hence, the attention of the teachers, Kwara state Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in the education industry needs to be focused on remedying this situation, and very urgent.
The Kwara Teachers’ Conference is an intervention program aimed at setting the pace for a structured teacher’s development training, networking and collaboration in the state. The conference has been designed to expose teachers to the standards of a proper 21st century teacher and how to introduce the knowledge into modifying teaching methodologies and aids in preparing students not just for improved academic performances but also for the global competitiveness.
The completion of KTC will further one of our overarching objectives- advocacy for the provision of and access to basic quality education.
KTC will accomplish the following goals (for at least 500 teachers in Kwara state):
- enlighten teachers on the 21st century revolution in the teaching industry
- motivate teachers to seek continuous self-development and capacity building skills
- inspire a refined approach to teaching methodologies, teachers’ perceptions and attitudes towards their jobs
- create an enabling platform for local and international networks among the teachers
- enlighten the teachers on exploring the benefits of the profession
The conference will be sectioned into lectures, networking and panel sessions. The conference will be facilitated by experts in the education industry. The participants will be availed with intensive trainings on the standards and ethics of a 21st century teacher. Our facilitators are:
- ITODO SAMUEL ANTHONY: named among the top 50 International teachers in the Varkeys Teachers’ award. He is a recipient of the Future Award, Education category. He is also the convener of the initiative ‘ADOPT A KID’.
- AYO ODEOGBOLA: a certified Microsoft Educator, named among the top 50 International teachers in the Varkeys Teachers’ award. Through his Tech initiative, he has been able to train teachers on the new age media.
- ELVIS BONIFACE: Chief Education Officer, Edugist. He is an expert in digital literacy training. He was recently nominated for the award of Lagos State Best Digital Educationist.
- KAYODE ALABI: He is a passionate educator with over 20 years of teaching experience in public schools. He is the Deputy Director, Teachers’ Development, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.
KTC holds on the 7th of May, 2019 at Mustapha Akanbi Hall, Onikanga, GRA, Ilorin. Time is 9 am. The conference is open to:
- Primary/Secondary School Teachers
- A-level Teachers
- Students of Colleges/ Faculties of Education
- Teachers in-training