Training of Teachers and SBMC Members
In 2016, the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) Monitoring Report indicated that only 12 of teachers in public schools practice participatory teaching methods. According to a toolkit for secondary education teachers developed by Indiana University Bloomington in December 2015, participatory teaching methods lead to improved learning both academically and socially, and help students acquire skills such as creativity, flexibility and the ability to think independently and critically.
It is in this context that South Saharan Development Organisation (SSDO) is implementing Improved Learning Outcome Project (ILOP) which is funded by TY Danjuma Foundation. The project is targeted at improving the learning outcome of pupils in Enugu State through enhancing the capacity of teachers and community involvement in schools’ management.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Enugu State Ministry of Education through the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) and teachers and School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) members in six selected local government areas namely; Enugu South, Enugu North, Awgu, Aninri, Igbo-Etiti and Nsukka will be trained on modern teaching strategies and best management strategies respectively.
The project was launched on 5th June 2018 by the Commissioner for Education Enugu State Prof. Uche Eze. She decried the current craze for certificates instead of knowledge in the country and stated that the state ministry of education will gave its full support for a successful implementation of the project in the state. Also present at the launch was the Executive Director of SSDO Mrs. Nkechi Igwe, staff of SSDO, teachers and SBMC members.
At least 90 teachers; 30 drawn from two schools in each of the three senatorial districts are currently being trained.