Stakeholders call for collaboration to bridge learning gaps in schools

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Stakeholders call for collaboration to bridge learning gaps in schools
Funmi Lawrence
Stakeholders in the education sector have called for collaboration among schools to bridge the learning gaps, thereby increasing quality of education in Nigeria.
They made the submission on Friday at the 2019 Exposure Conference organised by Portsbridge Educational Services Ltd. in Abuja.
The conference which has its theme as: “Rethinking Teaching and Learning” was aimed at exploring various approaches to teaching and learning in the 21st century classroom.
Contributing, Dr Stella Ozigi-Adagiri, the Founder, Portsbridge Educational Services, said that there was need to bridge the gap between different levels of educational provision.
Ozigi-Adagiri said this was aimed at attainment of effective learning and teaching outcomes in schools.
“In the private sector, there are lots of gaps there; there are schools that are very privileged and our main aim is to see how we can encourage collaboration among schools so that we can bridge the learning gaps and the gaps in terms of quality.
“Most schools are almost like a failed system, they don’t have qualified teachers, and so there is a way private sectors can actually strengthen that gap by helping to collaborate.
“What we do is to provide training for teachers as educators, and we also provide opportunities for youths to actually develop themselves.
“We need to stop producing students that will be looking for jobs; rather, we are to be producing students that are entrepreneurs and can be useful for the growth and development of the country,” she said.
Also, Dr Tunde Adekola, a Senior Education Specialist with the World Bank, called for inclusive education for the Nigerian child.
According to him, coming to school is not as important as ensuring that children complete schooling, and completing schooling is not as important as learning itself.
“I want to see connection between teaching and learning; there should be a value addition to students who are in schools.
“The issue of rethinking is very apt in this season where we are having learning crisis. We should continue to dialogue.
“For some years now, efforts have been to get many children in schools.
“There is still room to bring more children who are marginalised to make education more inclusive and ensure students in the rural areas are in schools,” he said.
Adekola, however, called for partnership between state actors and non-state actors to come on board and take urgent action to maximise the benefits derived in terms of teaching.
He said teachers should be equipped adequately to give their best and get the right teaching outcomes in our schools.
In her remarks, Mrs Georgina Ikechi-Madu, a teacher from Elisangels Model School, FCT, Abuja, urged stakeholders in the education sector to meet up with the level of technological development through teaching.
Ikechi-Madu said that teaching should be made interesting for real life experiences as the world had shifted away from the old way of learning to learning through technology.

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