From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
No fewer than 7,169 primary and junior secondary schools teachers in Borno State have so far been trained by the United State Agency for International Development following a request by Governor Kashim Shettima whose administration is engaged in massive building of modern schools and remodeling of existing across Borno State.
The intervention by USAID came through the Agency’s Education Crisis Response Project (ECR) led by the Project’s Director, Ayo Oladini who visited Governor Shettima at the weekend to give update on successes so far recorded by his team in complementing the efforts of the State Government.
Governor Shettima’s spokesman, Isa Gusau disclosed this in a statement at the weekend, saying the governor
met the USAID team in his office at the Government House in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State with participation by the Nigerian Union of Teachers which was represented by the NUT’s Deputy chairman.
Shettima was told during the meeting, that the USAID-Education Crisis Response project has concluded the training of 7,169 primary school teachers on healing classroom and pupils-centered teaching methodologies in five project local government areas of Borno State: Biu, Jere, Kaga, Konduga and Maiduguri Metropolitan council.
Shettima had requested the US Agency to support in the training of teachers as part of his administration’s manpower drive to match the establishment of new schools. The Government plans to recruit new teachers with training of both new and old teachers topping a renewed priority.
“The USAID project in Borno State has so far enrolled 15,197 out of school IDPs children/youth accessing basic education in 304 project-supported non-formal learning centres, trained 7,169 primary school teachers in the five focal on providing education in conflict and crisis environment.
“So also, the project engaged 30 Local Government education authority officials as mentor teachers to improve the quality of infrastructural delivery through coaching and mentoring of the teachers (learning facilitators), trained, and deployed 130 monitoring facilitators to use Creative Mapper for data collection and management of 304 learning centre,” visiting officials told Governor Shettima.