Prof. Azare Applauds Commonwealth of Learning for Support
Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, Director-General & Chief Executive of NTI , making his remarks at the closing ceremony of Problem-Based Learning and online Assessment workshop under the Green Teacher Nigeria (GTN) Programme, at the Institute, recently.
Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the Director-General and Chief Executive of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, has applauded the support the Institute enjoys from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada.
Azare made the disclosure during the opening of the workshop on Gender Analysis organised by the Institute in collaboration with COL on September 2, 2019 at the SMASE Hall, NTI headquarters, Kaduna.
Represented by the Institute’s Director of Examinations, Mal. Bashir Mamman, the Director-General said the Institute is very grateful to the COL for the tremendous support it enjoys from the organisation over the years.
“Only a fortnight ago, we organised a workshop on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) for core team members and field officers with the support of COL. Our staff are now fully equipped with all the necessary skills and knowledge of Problem-based Learning as a viable approach to providing solutions to emerging issues on the environment,” he said.
The Bulletin reports that PBL is a new concept approach that seeks to study emerging issues around us and provide solutions to them through empirical and scientific tools.
The approach evolved from the conviction that all problems are soluble (solvable) through active engagement of the people that are directly affected by the problem.
Azare said the Institute will continue to provide the enabling environment for the success of the workshop.
He challenged the participants and promised to hold the Institute’s staff responsible for the dissemination of new ideas and knowledge they acquired from the workshops they participated in within and outside the country.
Earlier, Dr. Pamella Were Kogogo, the Lead Facilitator, who is a Senior Lecturer of Environmental Ecology, from the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Bondo, Kenya, disclosed that the main objective of the workshop is to examine the extent to which gender concepts and responsiveness is reflected in the content of the GTN course modules.
“The main thrust of the workshop is to examine the extent to which pedagogical approaches are gender responsive in the GTN course modules,” she added.
Pamella advocated that the intention is to make the programme gender sensitive.
While making his remarks, Ndem Y. Ndem, the Chairman of the NTI Green Teacher and Director, Academic Services , said environmental education is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues.
He said Environmental Education challenges individuals to engage in problem solving and take actions to improve the environment.
“As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and possess skills that enable them to make informed and responsible decisions,” he said.
Ndem further appreciated the Commonwealth of Learning for the collaboration with the Institute and urged participants of the workshop to ensure that gender issues are assimilated into the programme.
According to him, the Green Teacher Nigeria Programme (GTNP) aimed among others, at re-orientating teachers on the imperatives of catering for the environment.
He commended Prof. Azare and his Executive Management team for the support they have been giving to the GTNP even as he reminded the participants that they were selected for the exercise “based on merit,’ ’and urged them to“ justify the confidence reposed in them.’’
During an interactive session between the Workshop’s Lead Facilitator, Dr. Kogogo and Dr. Abdulrahman Umar, Commonwealth Consultant, Dr. Zubairu Shehu , while responding to a question by Dr. Kogogo on the infusion of environmental education into the Institute’s programmes, said the management inserted certain important concepts into its existing academic programmes.
Shehu, who is the Deputy Director Programme Design and Development Division, of the Department of Academic Services of the Institute said further that these concepts can be found in Bachelor Degree Programmes(BDP) NCE, PGDE and other programmes’ curricula.
He said by this, environmental education has been extended beyond the Advanced Diploma in Environmental Education.
“We are just waiting for the enrolment to be concluded, if not we are prepared for the programme,” he added.
Source: NTI News Bulletin Bi-Monthly Edition, August September 2019 Vol. 1 No. 020, Page 1