By Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu, the Director-General and Chief Executive of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna said computer education is a pre-requisite to life-long learning which teachers can seek to embrace.
He disclosed this during the distribution of Computers Sets, Laptops and other computer accessories given out as donation to some sister teacher institutions which include the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and Adeyemi College of Education, Akure, Ondo State by the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna.
A total of 400 Desktops and Laptops were distributed to three teacher educational Institutions. The National Open University of Nigeria benefited with 100 Desktops and 50 Laptops, the National Mathematical Centre got away with 40 Desktops; with 10 Laptops while Adeyemi College of Education, which has the highest of 150 Desktops with 50 Laptops.
“We have since started distributing these computer sets and laptops along with their allied accessories for the use of Nigerian teachers through the establishment of model computer laboratories in 37 states & FCT for the use of Nigerian teachers free of any change,’’ Dr. Aminu said.
He said in addition to establishing computer laboratories for use by teachers in 37 States and the FCT free of charge, Institute is to equip all field centres nationwide with the e-learning facilities for easy access to the internet for teachers. The Institute is committed to the creation of ideal learning environment for the Nigerian teachers such that will enable them to learn with minimal stress. He said the aim is to promote teacher education and professionalism in Nigeria through partnership and collaboration by assisting sister teacher training institutions so that together Nigeria could face and address the challenge of teacher education.
In a goodwill message, the representative of the Director-General, National Mathematical Centre, Mr John Ebiaku, who is also the Head of Computer Department at the Centre, appreciated the effort of the NTI under Dr. Aminu’s administration. Describing the event as unique, he said the Centre has a mutual relationship with NTI, which could enhance better performance.
Mr. John said the Mathematical Centre would continue to partner with the Institute in order to achieve the desired national objectives.
In a related development, the team of 17 seasoned professors under the leadership of an Academic Consultant, Prof.(Emeritus) Thomas Adeyanju, working to develop manuals for six NTI new programmes have submitted its report to the Director-General and Chief Executive.
The seasoned academics, who are specialists in various fields, have developed 135 different manuals for the six degree programmes, which are expected to commence soon by the Institute.