A non-government organization, Human Development Initiatives (HDI) in collaboration with other partners, have kicked off a project on improving and enhancing governance and accountability for quality, effective and accessible primary and junior secondary education at the Local Government in Nigeria relative to Universal Basic Education (UBE) statutory and policy framework.
The project supported by USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement Project, is scheduled to run from 2014 to 2019 in Kano State (Gwale LGA and Garun Mallam LGA); Enugu State (Enugu North LGA and Nkanu West LGA); Lagos State (Lagos Mainland LGA and Ibeju-Lekki LGA); and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Bwari Area Council and Abuja Municipal Council).
According to the Chairman, Board of Trustees of HDI, Prof. Sarah Oloko, the project is needful because despite the intent of the UBE, its effectiveness remains worrisome in the country. She said this is attributed to a number of factors which include: weak governance structure, corruption, inadequate funding, inadequate and non-functional educational (more…)
May 13, 2015 | supportNTN
WITh the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, the Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Brovo Kim has said that Samsung first Digital Village launched, weekend, would provide access to innovative healthcare and educational needs for the people of Oban community, in Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State.
May 13, 2015 | supportNTN
Kim said that a sizeable proportion of rural areas across the continent do not have access to electricity, resulting in isolated communities with limited access to education, healthcare and connectivity, which are necessary components of socio-economic development.
“We are not only bridging the digital divide but also providing a facility that meets the most critical health and education needs of the rural community,” Kim said.
Meanwhile, recent UNESCO report has indicated that there are still 58 million children out of school globally and around 100 million children who do not complete primary education, while healthcare in remote areas is non-existent due to shortage of facilities and urban-rural gap. (more…)
As part of efforts to increase student enrollment in schools, National Population Commission (NPC) has announced the commencement of the 2015 National Education Data Survey from May 11 to August 14.
May 13, 2015 | supportNTN
The survey, just like the National Demographic Health Survey, occurs every five years and is the third in the series that will be conducted in Nigeria by the commission. The previous ones were conducted in 2004 and 2010.
In an address read by the Ekiti State Director, Adeniyi Fadairo, in Ado Ekiti on Monday,May 11, the NPC Chairman, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, explained that the survey was designed to generate information on the educational status of the Nigerian population.
“The survey is meant to provide policy makers with accurate and timely data to formulate courses of action designed to increase enrollment, attendance and learning to achieve Nigeria’s Universal Basic Education Commission and Education for All goals for the children of school age. The outcome of the 2015 NEDS will inform programming that would improve levels of student enrollment and attendance, as well as facilitate equitable access to quality schooling for all children in Nigeria. (more…)
The Industrial Training Fund, (ITF) has tasked trainees under its training programmes to brace up and live up to the high academic and performance standards expected of them, so as to contribute their quota towards national development.
This admonition came, even as the ITF explained that it was committed towards its objectives of producing middle and high level skilled manpower that will drive the nation’s economy forward, through the provision of global standards technical and vocational education that would eradicate unemployment, particularly amongst youths.
Speaking on how the fund is initiating proactive measures to achieve its mandate, the Director General of ITF, Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, said students under its training programmes are challenged to impart knowledge provided by the fund, and take charge of leading the nation and the continent into an era of sustainable economic development. (more…)
May 13, 2015 | supportNTN
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has solicited the assistance of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the Minister of Education, in getting approval for Pharmacy Doctoral Level training in Nigeria.
The President of the society, Mr Olumide Akintayo, made the appeal when he visited the minister in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to him, advanced training prepares pharmacists to assume patient care roles within the health care team in order to meet the increasing demands of health care delivery.
“In the US, the first major step toward educational advancement was the transition from the Bachelor of Science degree to Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) as entry-level for pharmacy practice.
“The Pharm. D curriculum provides pharmacists with specialised clinical training that focuses on the development of professional competencies and confidence in the provision of evidence-based patient-oriented care. (more…)
April 27, 2015 | supportNTN
By Margery Weinstein
Mandatory training sounds unavoidably like a chore because the employee has no choice about it. But does it have to suffer from that perception?
The first step to solving a problem is acknowledging you have one, they say. To that end, I found an editorial in the business section of The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia that was notable for its bluntness: “Corporate Training is a Drink from the Fountain of Nonsense.” Granted, this publication is not from the U.S., but I bet the feelings expressed don’t differ much country by country.
The challenge when looking for ways to make training enjoyable and engaging is not everyone finds the same things fun. Take games and simulations. I know they’re supposed to be fun, but I don’t happen to like games. I don’t like that they come with rules and set parameters. I especially don’t like it in a training context because most business challenges require creativity and resourcefulness that exceed the narrow framework of most games. (more…)
April 20, 2015 | supportNTN
Technology Distributions, TD, has unveiled plans to boost the operational capacity of Small and Medium ICT enterprises(SMEs) through a partnership programme which will provide access to a suite of business support initiatives for the beneficiaries. The support initiatives include financial management guide, mentoring sessions, business intelligence and credit facilities, among others.
The initiative is said to be in line with TD’s desire to cushion the harsh effects of the contemporary business environment on SMEs and provide a platform for the sector to thrive and contribute to the growth of the Nigerian economy.
Explaining reasons behind the initiative, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh said that “these are indeed tough times and the harsh operating environment is likely to impact more on small scale businesses. (more…)
April 17, 2015 | supportNTN
As a result of the rising need for certified pipe welders who could work in the union’s car workshops across the country, the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has disclosed plans to establish more welding schools in the country.
According to the association’s national President, Chief Musa Shehu, every workshop would comprise a mechanic, electrician, vulcanizer, painter, welder and panel beater, among others, to make it complete.
“We want to open an institute for training pipe welders, not ordinary road side welders. The pipe welders are highly needed in vehicle assembling centres. So the welding training school will be introduced in the workshops located in the six geopolitical zones in the country.” “We want to make sure that there is an assembly plant in the workshop, Completely Knocked Down (CKD) plant where vehicle parts will be fixed and assembled,” he said.
Shehu decried the situation whereby there is only one welding school in the country, adding that when the workshop becomes operational, there would be welding and engineering sections in it.
April 2, 2015 | training network
The Managing Director, Pitman Training Lagos Centre, Mrs. Abimbola Soluade, has asked teachers and other professionals to go soft skills training for their growth and national development.
March 25, 2015 | supportNTN
According to her, having shorthand (ability to take notes at high speed), information technology, leadership and management skills, among others, can help them to achieve better proficiency in their work environment.
Soluade said this at a briefing to announce the commencement of the UK’s Pitman Training Centre in Lagos.
Stressing the need to acquire such skills, she noted that, many teachers lacked self-esteem because they did not believe in themselves.
She said, “The outlook of teachers in our society is not good enough, except for those who work in Ivy League schools. I am not sure the issue borders on poor salaries. I think it has more to do with the love for the profession. Teachers and indeed many professionals have issues with self-esteem for different reasons. But, can you do something about it? Yes! The way you go about your job has a link to how you see yourself. If you do not think your role at work is important, you cannot make a success of it.”
Soluade, while recommending Pitman training, explained that it would prepare them to respond to local and global challenges.
“Nigerians are not lazy, but we have a wrong attitude to so many things. There are professionals lacking in a number of skills and they would rather blame others than seek ways to invest in personal development.
You see many applicants who find it easier to copy sentences from others and paste on their CVs, yet there are loads of free training on how to build a good CV. There are personal assistants who cannot touch-type, they pick on their computers and are satisfied with just that”.
“A recent study, where those who touch-type and those who pick were given the same task, showed that after one hour, those who could touch-type, were 1,800 words ahead of those who couldn’t. In another research, it was estimated that those who could touch-type would have saved their employers 31 work days at the end of one calendar year,” she added.
The educationist added that Pitman training, a heritage of the late Isaac Pitman, the inventor of shorthand, is the United Kingdom’s largest independent training provider.
“Pitman trained professionals are handy on the job. They know what to do in the work place from the very first day. What usually happens is that employers are waiting for them. In the next three years, I see Nigerian employers on the queue for Pitman trained students. We offer flexible trainings that can easily integrate around peoples’ lives and busy schedules, be it around existing employment or family commitments. Our courses are modular, people can learn at their own pace and convenience. Training can be via tutor-led seminars, self-study and or distance learning using our online portal.
Source: Punch Newspaper
First City Monument Bank, FCMB, has disclosed its intention to empower the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SMEs, through training, capable of enhancing their marketing and managerial skills.
Tagged “FCMB Capacity Building Initiative: Empowering the Nigerian SMEs”, the bank said, the exercise will equip SME operators with necessary skills to effectively grow their businesses.
Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos state, the Executive Director of the Bank for Lagos and South-West, Mr. Olufemi Bakre, said that, the training was conceived to build capacity for SME operators by exposing them to modern skills to assist to realise their objectives. This, he said, is in line with the Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, of the bank aimed at adding values to their operations.
According to him, “FCMB realises that SMEs play pivotal roles in the growth of the nation’s economy. We also understand that a number of factors combined to determine the success or failure of the SMEs.”
“We are focused on being a strategic partner to such businesses, considering the huge opportunities they offer in the areas of job creation, poverty eradication and economic development’’, he added, According to him, the empowerment programme is in partnership with the Shopping Internet Services Limited.
He said, the programme involves series of free training and radio programmes, cutting across various topical issues concerning SMEs, adding that the pilot phase of the exercise, which the bank has aptly christened, cluster marketing, kicked-off in Lagos state recently, saying it will be extended to other parts of the country.
March 23, 2015 | Support