Enhance Teaching Skills: Alumni Urges Nigeria to Invest In Teachers
By: Femi Mustapha
The Australia Alumni Association of Nigeria has called on the government at all levels, policymakers, and educational institutions to invest in teachers to enhance teaching skills.
The President of the alumni, Abiodun Okunola made the call on Wednesday in a statement made available to newsmen to mark the 2023 World Teachers Day.
According to the statement, the quality of education starts with the quality of teachers.
“Our educators must be well-qualified, trained, and motivated to deliver quality education. We need teachers who are not just content experts, but also skilled in the art of classroom management and knowledge impartation.
“Continuous professional development is essential for teachers to stay current with evolving teaching methods and technologies. We must invest in opportunities for teachers to expand their knowledge and skills”.
“It is pertinent to note that the quality of teachers directly impacts student outcomes. When we invest in our teachers, we are investing in the future of our children and our nation as a whole.
“We cannot emphasize enough the profound impact that a dedicated and skilled teacher can have on a student’s life. We should celebrate our educators and provide them with the tools and support they need to excel.
“Our education system should reflect the diversity of our society. Encouraging a diverse pool of teachers can help bridge cultural gaps and provide positive role models.
“Teachers are facing increasing challenges in their roles, self-actualization, and mental health issues. We must prioritize teacher well-being to ensure they can provide the best support to their students.
“Teachers should have access to resources and training to integrate technology effectively. This is especially important in the digital world we find ourselves in today. Embracing technology can enhance the teaching and learning experience”.
“We call upon the government, policymakers, educational institutions, and communities to work together to empower and support our teachers in their noble mission of shaping the minds of future generations. Our Association will continue to collaborate with willing stakeholders towards sustainable development of the Nigerian education sector”.
2023 World Teachers’ Day celebrations focus on the theme “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage”.