UNICEF, DFID Trains 667 Teachers On Leadership Skills In Niger

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Not less than 667 Head Teachers in public primary schools in Niger state have benefited from leadership skills training by UNICEF in conjunction with Department for International Development (DFID).

The Education Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, Mr. Francis Elisha, disclosed during a monitoring visit to the benefiting nine Local Government Areas of the state on Friday.

He added that 880 facilitators from 440 Integrated Quranic centres (IQS) were also benefiting from the leadership training.

Elisha said that the training was ongoing in Munya, Mashegu, Mariga, Gbako, Rafi, Agaie, Edati, Shiroro and Kontagora Local Government Areas.

He explained that the essence of the capacity training for the head teachers is to ensure effective teaching and learning in public primary schools and IQS centres across the state.

“A head teacher of a school is responsible for driving the school to greater heights. That’s why we are training them for effective management and records keeping of the schools,” he said.

Chairman of the Niger state Universal Basic Education, (NSUBEB), Alhaji Alhassan Nworu, commended UNICEF intervention projects in public primary schools across the state.

He said that such interventions had contributed to the development of public primary schools as well as complemented State Government efforts in improving quality of education.

Also, Chairman of Rafi Local Government Area, Alhaji Gambo Kagara, expressed satisfaction with the various intervention programmes embarked upon by UNICEF and DFID in the area.

He said that such interventions would further sensitise the educational sector especially in public primary schools.
A beneficiary, Hajiya Abu Abubakar, commended UNICEF and DFID for organising the training on how teachers can evaluate and manage a school.
“I will go and step down what I have learned with other teachers so that we could join heads together to improved the school,” she said.


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