Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule has commended the contributions of the British Council to the development of the education sector in the State.
Adebule gave the commendation in Lagos today at a reception organized by the state government for the visiting delegation from the United Kingdom under the auspices of the British Council Connecting Classroom Programme, noting that for the state to achieve better education delivery, the cooperation and partnership of international institutions such as the British Council is imperative.
“The enormous contributions of the British Council to the development of education in the State cannot be over emphasized, among which are the provision of Digital Hubs in three public senior secondary schools, organisation of several trainings and workshops for teachers, head teachers, officers in the Ministry and sponsoring the State teachers and officers to international workshops”, the Deputy Governor said.
She maintained that the collaboration with the British Council was indeed a valued partnership that has been working for the state government, expressing the administration’s appreciation to the Council for partnering with the State in its effort to improve education.
According to her, the focus of the cooperation between the Ministry of Education and the Council is not lost on government as it is aware of the need to adopt and integrate new educational trends in the State educational framework with a view to enhancing the performance, administrative efficiency and build up public schools to global standard.
Dr. Adebule noted that the 2015-2018 Connecting Classroom Programme will ensure that young people learn foundation skills and build the capacity of teachers to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, thereby improving learning outcomes for students as well as enabling them to become more globally aware and competitive.
“I was reliably informed that the 2012-2015 edition of the Connecting Classroom Programme which was aimed at increasing the chances of young people worldwide to demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skills and understanding for work in the global economy came to an end in the month of June 2015. It is on record that a total of 55 public primary and secondary schools across the State benefited in the programme and are already in partnership with other Schools in the United Kingdom on the Connecting
Classroom Programme,” she averred.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Olabisi Ariyo explained that the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme aim to develop and nurture school links involving Nigeria and United Kingdom (UK) schools, adding that the links would promote greater understanding of global issues for teachers and students in the UK and Nigeria.
She explained that the team will be visiting seven schools across the state and they are Lagos City Senior College, Sabo Yaba; Sanya Senior Grammar School, Sanya; Modupe Cole Memorial School, Bariga; Eva Adelaja Junior Girls Grammar School, Bariga; Keke Senior High School, Agege; Idimu Junior High School, Idimu; and Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege.
The head of the UK delegation, Mrs. Jane English also expressed the appreciation of the team to the Lagos State Government for the partnership, which she noted has been of great benefit to both countries, adding that the continuous training of teachers will further enhance teachers’ and students’ learning skills.