By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Some educational materials have been distributed to primary school teachers and pupils in the 21 local government areas of Oyo State to improve basic education in the state.
The items, comprising customised exercise books, writing and teaching materials, were shared to the beneficiaries on Friday to about 1,200 schools under the Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.
The distribution was witnessed by representatives of the Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Head Teachers, and pupils from the benefitting schools.
The BESDA programme aims to improve literacy and strengthen accountability in basic education.
The Quality Assurance Officers and benefitting schools have been charged to ensure adequate use of the materials to improve learning outcomes and strengthen the educational system.
The Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB), Mr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, explained that the beneficiaries were drawn from schools in the 21 councils where BESDA subjects were being taught, noting that the board was convinced to provide schools with required teaching materials for improved learning achievement rates.
“To acquire adequate knowledge for the improvement of basic education in the state, World Bank/FGN/Universal Basic Education Commission and Oyo SUBEB will not rest on their oars until quality is attained and sustained in the educational system as education remains the only legacy we can bequeath on younger generations for a sustainable development and for them to live a useful life and contribute meaningfully to the development of the country,” he said.
“The learning tools, writing materials are valuable, to help pupils think about course materials while encouraging them to grasp, organise and integrate prior knowledge with new concepts,” he added.
Mr Adeniran said the Oyo State Government and its partners would not rest on their oars until quality education is sustained in the state.
Adeniran Praises Makinde for Allocating 18.78% of 2023 Budget to Education
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has been applauded by the Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB), Mr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, for allocating more funds to education in the 2023 budget.
Speaking recently on a live programme on the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation (BCOS) in Ibadan, the state capital, the educationist said this was commendable.
According to him, education has the second largest allocation in the proposed 2023 appropriation bill presented to the Oyo State House of Assembly by Mr Makinde.
He said with a budget of N58.2 billion, the government has recorded an unprecedented affection for education.
Mr Adeniran said Governor Makinde had maintained an unbroken record of allocating huge funds for the overhaul of the sector, especially the basic education sub-sector he supervises.
“Governor Makinde’s record of allocating funds for education conforms to UNESCO standards of 15-20 per cent of the budget. In fact, this time, education is 18.78 per cent of the total budget proposal,” he said.
Speaking further, the Oyo SUBEB chief lauded the current administration for consistently maintaining an 18 per cent to 22 per cent budgetary allocation.
He insisted that this has helped the state in regular payment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) counterpart funding and received matching grants, “enabling us to execute numerous projects in the education sector.”
“Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has so far completed over 56 model schools and constructed and renovated over 700 classroom blocks across Oyo State, among other projects,” he affirmed.
He, therefore, appealed to residents of the state to re-elect Governor Makinde for a second term, saying his efforts to make Oyo better could be further actualised with continuity.
GOMYCODE Opens New Flagship Hackerspace in Lagos
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Africa’s leading edtech platform, GOMYCODE Nigeria, has opened a bigger office space in Lagos at 230 Herbert Macaulay, Alagomeji-Yaba.
Comprising 5 floors, the new GOMYCODE hackerspace has a capacity five times larger than the old one, about 600 students compared with the 120 students the previous hackerspace accommodated.
In a statement, the firm disclosed that the new space is remarkable, with unique colours that stand out from the other buildings around it and can accommodate even more students in a more comfortable environment where they can learn.
GOMYCODE is pushing the limits on students’ experience to the next level with 3 floors of classrooms, each dedicated to teaching. The classrooms are equipped with fibre optics and comfortable equipment for the students’ success.
The new hackerspace has a rest and relaxation room for students to balance learning and leisure time or simply to continue working on their projects. There is also ample parking space in a dedicated garage for students that ensures easier accessibility to the facility.
The second floor of the hackerspace will be occupied by the educational advisors who now have even more facilities to welcome, inform, guide and support the current and future students.
Lastly, a large conference room, with enough seating for 200 people, allows guests to gather for talks and conferences, giving the setting an even greater range.
“This move signals our intentions for and deep commitment to the Nigerian market. Whilst we provide training online through what we call our online ‘hackerspace’, we know from research and our own experience that students prefer in-person classes and what we do is to ensure that these classes take place in the best possible spaces”, says Babatunde Olaifa, General Manager, GOMYCODE Nigeria.
The move from a 3-room training space to a 5-storey centre in the heart of Yaba underscores our commitment to providing quality, relevant and affordable digital skills education to anyone in Nigeria looking to future-proof their careers. This is just the beginning. We are expanding rapidly, and in a few months, we will open hackerspaces in multiple locations in Lagos and Abuja”, adds Olaifa.
Organisations Donate to Wesley School of Hearing Impaired
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Some educational materials have been donated to Wesley School of Hearing Impaired, Surulere, Lagos, and Whanyinna Nursery and Primary School, Makoko, Lagos.
The items were given by GE Gas Power in collaboration with United Way Greater Nigeria (UWGN) through the Back to School drive to foster student development.
About 150 schoolchildren from the two schools received the learning essentials to encourage reading culture among children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“This collaboration with GE to enhance the quality of education as well as promote literacy and reading culture among children in beneficiary schools is important in our efforts to improve lives by mobilising the caring power of communities.
“It is also in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all while supporting children in low-income and potentially disadvantaged communities,” the Executive Director of United Way Greater Nigeria, Mrs Deola Durodola, said.
Also speaking, the Communications Director, GE Africa & Diversity Leader, GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East and Africa, Anne Ezeh, said, “GE Gas Power is pleased to collaborate with United Way Greater Nigeria to help students access education, in line with our overall commitment to education and skills development in the communities we live and work in. We recognize that supporting children to access quality education prepares them to become productive citizens in the future.”
Wesley Schools for The Hearing Impaired was founded in 1962 and currently hosts students with hearing impairments and special needs to empower them to achieve their full potential.
Whanyinna Children Foundation is a charity that uses education to combat child labour, illiteracy, malnutrition, crime, and health.
More than 260 children living in slums have been provided with tuition-free elementary education through the organisation.
The principals of both schools expressed their gratitude for the donation as it would ease the financial burden of parents and reduce student absenteeism.
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