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FG develops implementation guidelines to address out of school children



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FG develops implementation guidelines to address out of school children

By Mustapha Sumaila

Federal Government says it has concluded plans to develop a national implementation guideline on the Accelerated Basic Education Curriculum (ABEC) programme to address issue of out of school children.

Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) Prof Ismail Junaidu, made the disclosure at a workshop in Abuja on Saturday.

The week long workshop on Training of Master Trainers on ABEC was organised by Plan International Nigeria with funding from the European Union for selected teachers in crisis ridden states in the North-East.

Junaidu explained that the guidelines would be all inclusive where states and stakeholders including non-governmental organisations as well as development partners expected to key into the programme.

“The train-the-trainers strategy will give us the opportunity of training a larger number of teachers as we plan for a national rollout of the programme.

“Currently, we are at the verge of completing the piloting of the programme in Borno State and environs.

“It is important that I inform you that the result from the pilot-testing exercise gives further impetus to stay on course in our intention to use the programme as to bring down the number of out-of-school youths and children in Nigeria.

“Let me also inform you that while some teacher support materials have been completely developed others are the completion stages” he said.

The executive secretary said one of the critical requirements for the successful implementation of the ABEC is the availability of teachers who were adequately prepared to effectively teach the contents of the curriculum.

According to him, ABEC is a specialised curriculum with unique implementation strategy which makes it very essential that teachers are given special training on the use of the curriculum.

“One way of getting teachers trained on the implementation of the curriculum is to train a selected number of teachers who will in turn train other teachers.

“Principally, the training is intended to provide adequate guidance to the teachers towards ensuring that the learners derive maximum benefits from the well-designed curriculum.

“It will also give the teachers the opportunity to interact deeply with the curriculum and the programme structure” he added.

Junaidu however commended Plan International led consortium for its commitment to the ABEC Programme in the country.

He added that since the beginning of the organisation’s partnership with the Frderal Government on this project, it had continued to demonstrate unwavering commitment to the successful implementation of ABEC.

In her remarks, Mrs Jummai Musa, Director, Programme Quality and Innovation of Plan International Nigeria decried the rate of out of school children in the country.

Musa said in the past 11 years of insurgency in the country, there were children that were born that period that had no access to education due to collapse education system in some communities.

She explained a curriculum had been designed for abridged programme for such children in order to be placed in their appropriate classes with a view to have them in schools.

According to her, the number of out of school children is alarming hence the need for well meaning organisations to work with the government to address it.

She added that Plan International was committed and ready to support the government to drive the implementation of ABEC initiative. (NAN)

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CSO canvasses Empathetic leadership adaptation




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A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN), in partnership with Alexijan Consults, has urged leaders in every sphere to showcase ability to understand and share the feelings of others in leadership for good mentoring.

Chief Executive Officer, FBIN, Bar. Nkiruka Okonkwo, made the call at the graduation ceremony of the leadership and empathy (Lead- Em) Ambassadors held during a Church Service in Abuja.
He indicated that the continued use of sympathy instead of empathy was capable of trauncating the current state of leadership in the country.

According to her, the initiative, was birthed basically to groom women and young people on what it takes to be empathetic among other leadership developmental strategies.

“The graduating ambassadors are fully prepared to embark on a quest to engage other youths in the initiative as they are now equipped with the knowledge and expertise to pass on this mandate.

According to her, most of the Lead-Em Ambassadors are now occupying key positions in the church where they are influencing positive Change including the CYON, Lectors Association, among others.

She thanked the Church for the support her organization received and expressed her readiness to work with the Leadership of the Church to replicate the initiative across the Archdiocese of Abuja.
She commended the graduates who she believes are now equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to mentor their peers.

She invited the guests to take note of all the graduates and monitor their participation and leadership in the church and society.

“The organisation is opened for partnership with other well meaning organisations, adding that the initiative is a charity targeted at empowering the Nigerian youths mostly in the area of employment.

In his remarks, MD/CEO LeeaGlobal resources, Mr Leonard Okonkwo, indicated that the ambassadors are trained to think beyond available resources. Stressing that being a good human being comes from within.

According to him, ‘True Leadership is about being empathetic towards other people. Thus, if your leadership approach is sympathy, you are doing more harm than good to your subordinates.’

He also thanked the Parish Priest and the Catholic Community in Kabusa for the great support given to his wife (Barr. Mrs. Nkiruka Okonkwo) and her organizations in successfully hosting the training and mentorship

Rev. Fr. Robert Achiaga, Parish Priest of St. Anthony Parish, Kabusa, Abuja commended the organizers of the Leadership and Empathy (Lead-Em) Ambassadors Initiative for partnering with the Catholic Church in training and mentoring young people and women in St Kevin Catholic Church and its Mother Parish, St. Anthony Parish Kabusa on Empathy Leadership.

The event which also marked the 8th Anniversary of Alexijan Consults,was graced by Mr. Nnamdi Umeh (1st Vice Chairperson of St Kevin Church Council), Executive Council and members of CMO led by their President – Mr. Evans Oriri, Mrs. Chinyere Eze (CWO President), Mr. Valentine (Representative of the Parish CYON), among others.

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NIN challenge forces JAMB to extend UTME, Direct Entry registration for two weeks




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The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has announced an extension extension of the registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the Direct Entry (DE) by two weeks.
Candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been bemoaning their inability to register, saying with JAMB insistence on National Identity Number (NIN) as mandatory, more hardship has been added to their registration predicament.

They alleged that with NIN requirement, the board has forced them to go through difficulties like extortion, long queues in scorching weather, non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols and other unwholesome practices devoid of ethics to enable them register.

Others lamented that even with NIN, they could not complete the first stage of application process.

Oloyede made the announcement at a press conference, Saturday, in Abuja.

With the announcement the board has also extended the UTME examination as well as the mock to further dates.
Oloyede noted that the outcome followed the decision, of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting of the board in Abuja.
He said stakeholders recommended that a two-week extension be granted to candidates who have not been able to register as a result of some challenges associated with the National Identification Number (NIN) and others

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Ex-student describes POMA University as Fake, fraudulent




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A former student of POMA University, situated at Dalemo, Alakuko, Lagos State, Miss Janet has urged the Government and its relevant regulatory agencies to investigate the unwholesome activities going at the university.

Janet is a former student of POMA University, who was issued a Fake Degree Certificate and Professional Certificate from POMA who later left to actualised her educational quest in another University, but narrated her ordeal after waiting endlessly for NYSC Mobilization.

According to her, what she experienced while on Educational voyage by secondment to POMA University, should be a thing to worry about and advised vulnarable intending students to look before they leap.

She also challenged the Government of Nigeria and Benin Republic respectively, especially those agencies of government saddled with responsibility of setting standard for education to live up to their responsibilities.

In her words. ”Subjecting innocent student to go through her experience doesn’t portray the government in a good light.

”Sadly, I received my Certificate(Fake) since 2019 from POMA University but they could not mobilize me for mandatory NYSC service because the University did not get statutory clearance and approval for operation.

“After series of investigation, we found out that POMA University is not Accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Benin Republic.

“Upon investigation from the Ministry of Higher Education, Republic of Benin, it was noted that the University is not Accredited in Benin Republic, though they often showcase a forged Accreditation Number which the ministry declined as most of the Professional Certificates it issued are not registered.

“After making us pay huge sum of about #200,000 for NYSC Mobilization, they failed to do the needful and till date, all effort to recover our monies proved abortive.

“The School does not have any reasonable activities in the address stated on their websites as Africa Campus even though it operates from a small unauthorized building at  Ifelaja Road, Dalemo Alakuko Lagos.

In the past, there were allegations to the effect that POMA University or POMA Business University have been engaging in dubious Collection of monies from members of the public with a make-believe that they will be mobilised for NYSC, yet many of the innocent students were never mobilized.

“We urged the members of the public to stop patronising this institution characterised by unwholesome activities.
“POMA University is a disaster waiting to happen if the Governments of Nigeria and Benin Republic, do not take decisive action to shut down its operations.”

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