No fewer than 300 students of Institute of Ecumenical Education, Thinkers Corner, Enugu are to get international certification on information communications technology (ICT).
The programme, which is powered by Track IT Ltd, a micro soft authorised partner in Nigeria, will train students of the institution on ICT courses.
Project Director of the organisation, Mr. Albert Agha, stated this in an interview in Enugu Thursday while speaking on the organisation’s contributions in improving the proficiency of teachers.
He said the project was meant to inculcate in the prospective teachers of the 21st century, proficiency skills in the use of technology to improve learning outcome.
He said colleges of education needed more of ICT in education programme as it focused on enhancing teachers’ performance in the use of technology in the classroom.
The project director said the students would at the end of the certification programme become proficient in digital literacy, creativity skills, critical thinking as well as improve on their leadership skills.
Agha said the training would involve powerpoint live sessions with professionals across the world.
He said advancement in technology had exerted pressure on teaching and learning, adding that educators were expected to move along with changing times with a view to improving learning outcome.
Agha commended the management of the institution for the bold step taken to inculcate in their students such skills that would make them to flourish after graduation.
“In education, it has always been about chalk and board all the time.
“These days, teachers and prospective teachers are encouraged to be proficient in the use of technology in teaching in order to effectively engage their students.
“When you bring in videos, audios and live sessions on Skype, it will help the students to understand better, thereby, improving the performance of educators,” he said.
Agha said the organisation was implementing the same programme in about 100 institutions across the country.
He said they had several centres in Abuja, Lagos, Rivers, Anambra and Abia states.
He said only two institutions were implementing the Microsoft in Education programme in Enugu which includes Godfrey Okoye University Secondary School. (NAN)