From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
Director General National Teachers Institute NTI Professor Garba Dahuwa Azare said the institute succeeded in training 876 teachers on HIV/ AIDS Awareness and digital Literacy.
The training was part of the nationwide capacity building workshops for primary and junior secondary school teachers on Digital literacy, morality, HIV and Aids under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Director General explained that targeting teachers for the workshop was very relevant as they are the catalysts of change that occurs in every dynamic society.
“The segments of the workshop are very significant as they seek to address trending issues that generate a lot of interests in our educational sector today.
“ I feel very happy with the twin themes of the workshop namely HIV/ AIDS and Digital Literacy. Both of them are very germane to the global agenda of ensuring good health for all and creation of digital citizens of the world,” he said.
Professor Azare said the training the teachers received is expected to have a knock on effect on the children they teach when they share with them the experiences of the workshop in their respective schools.
“ The two components, HIV/ AIDS awareness has six participants each from all the states of the Federation, including Abuja while the Digital Literacy component has 18 participants each from all states and six participants from the FCT.
Chairman NTI Governing council Senator Kaka Mallam Yale re-emphasised the importance of the workshop to the teachers and development of the country.
Yale urged the participants to justify the confidence of their employers during and after the workshop by serving as role models for positive change.
Princes Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, senior Special Assistance to the President on SDGs, represented by Dr Ifeyinwa Nnamchi desk officer Education SDGs office said they recognised the crucial role of teachers in attainment of SDGs goal four by ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
“ My office is indeed proud of NTI and will continue to support the institute to improve the quality of education in Nigeria,” she said.