By Stanley Onyekwere
In spite of the global COVID 19 pandemic which paralysed the economy, polity and all other sectors, the FCT Administration was able to train over 1,090 teachers and some non teaching staff of the Education Secretariat in 2020.
This was disclosed by Mallam Leramoh Adbulrazaq, Acting Secretary and Director of Administration and Finance, FCT Education Secretariat, at a briefing/ media luncheon, in Abuja.
Abdulrazaq, who said the training was in diverse fields of education, added that 300 teachers were trained on general teaching methods and classroom management, while 250 teaching and non teaching staff were trained on global digital skills.
He equally added that 150 teachers were trained for primary and junior secondary schools on family life HIV Education, in collaboration with UNESCO.
According to him, “Another set of 100 staff was trained in collaboration with the Digital Bridge Institute and some Desk officers on JCCE and NCE Memo writing.
“240 Gender Officers in schools across Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC and Bwari Area Council in management in management and response to sexual and gender violence.
“Also, 60 male teachers, one each from a school and 40 school principals as well as 20 head teachers on gender based violence management.
“All school principals were trained on the implementation of COVID 19 protocols. 30 teachers were trained by the Monitoring Unit of Department of Quality Assurance.
“Other capacity training within the period were training of women and youths on vocational courses and skills development. Training of staff in sign language and ICT to prove service delivery as well as capacity building on Education Policy and Management in collaboration with Multimedia Education by Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA.”
He further disclosed that the Education Secretariat of the FCTA embarked on massive fumigation of schools, provision of hand sanitizers, face masks and liquid soap, provision of infrared thermometers, sensitisation and training for school authority and security men on COVID 19.