South-West Resource Centre, CISCO To Train 500 Teachers In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

South-West Resource Centre, CISCO To Train 500 Teachers In Ogun


State - owned ICT hub; South - West Resource Centre, Abeokuta,  in conjunction with the CISCO Systems Nigeria Limited are set to upscale the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  competence of teachers and pupils in public secondary schools across the four zones of Ogun State preparatory to the fourth industrial revolution and the emerging global knowledge economy.

The project tagged "500 CISCO Academy Train The Trainers" is targeted at 500 Computer Teachers in public secondary schools in the state and is being executed in batches.

The project which has entered its second batch has so far seen to the training of about 100  Computer Teachers.

At the closing ceremony of the second batch of the trainee - trainers of the intensive hands on computer training session,  the General Manager, South - West Resource Centre, Mrs. Irene Ayorinde, told The Daily Crucible that CISCO gave the Centre grants in kind to train Computer Teachers in Ogun State.

 She said: "the idea is to train all the 501 teachers in Secondary Schools  across Ogun State . This is the second batch and once we finish this training and the teachers  transfer the knowledge to their students, CISCO will give us another batch to train 50 more teachers and it goes on andon like that until it goes round".

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun,  explained the target of the Ogun State government on the project,  saying the government is trying to build capacity through ICT in recognition of the importance of ICT as an enabler regardless of what anyone studies in life. 

Mr Abiodun noted  that whatever anyone does in life, ICT is key. 

"The key to us therefore is capturing the future generation. So, we are training the teachers who in turn will train the future generation and by so doing, we are preparing the future generation for the future of work and the work of the future , so to  say," he said.

The CISCO Programme Manager, in Nigeria, Mr. Imoh Akpan, also shed light on the motive behind the program and why CISCO is partnering the  Ogun State government through the South West Resource Centre.

 "The idea is for us to provide digital skill development for the fourth industrial revolution. They are skills that are required for the fourth industrial revolution and our students need to be well acquitted with the skill and that's why we are partnering the South West Resource Centre to be able to train teachers so that they can also go in and train the students,’’Akpan said.

Akpan said the world is talking about knowledge economy and there is the need to develop capacity by training the students to enhance their competence to function in the impending knowledge economy. 

He said: "The teachers are going through ICT essentials which includes system repairs ,being able to assemble, fix and couple computers and mobile technology. The programme which is Capacity Building for 50 Secondary School Teachers is a pilot scheme that will be continuous as soon as the first and second batch achieve its goals.

"The response has been very encouraging and very positive . We see the desire in the teachers to learn and re-skill."

Also, the South West Instructor Trainer, Mr. Arigbabu Oluwaseyi corroborated Akpan, saying the program would allow the teachers to demonstrate what they have been teaching theoretically and trouble shoot a network, install a printer,  update a printer driver and the likes.

Acording to Arigbabu,  students should be computer oriented and have something to fall back on other  than just carrying certificates about looking for white collar jobs.

Some of the participants who spoke to The Daily Crucible, said the training would go a long way in expanding their practical knowledge in ICT.

 One of the participants, Mrs. Osunnuga Florence, a teacher at Ogbogbo  Baptist Senior School, Ijebu-Ode shared her experience : ‘’It has been very educative. We’ve been exposed to so many things, especially for some of us who have been lagging behind in hands on practical experience.

"We are being exposed to the mystery surrounding the box. We worked on the system unit; we checked the cables and connected it to mother board and we work on how to install the operating system  and trouble shoot."

Also, Mr Yahaya Ibrahim Oladipupo from Gateway ICT institute, Igbesa, said the programme was an intervention that came at the appropriate time as it meets the demands of participants yearning for hands on computer training.

 According to him, it was designed to educate the teachers  on the use of computer system, repairs and  maintenance.

The President, Computer Teachers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Branch, Mr. Abiodun Osoko lauded the programme, sayig the association collaborate with stakeholders in maximizing the school curriculum and improve teachers knowledge in CISCO as majority of them are already CISCO Certified.

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

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