Lockdown: 18k Lagos teachers to get digital literacy training

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor

In a bid to ensure the model of learning and knowledge delivery in Lagos are at the same level with other megacities globally, Microsoft has concluded plans to partner the State Government to train about 18, 000 public school teachers on Digital literacy during lockdown in the state.

The training Programme is aimed at equipping the teachers with digital skills including mentoring, observation, creating and sharing of subject-specific content, and ability to provide interactive classes from mobile phones and other devices.

After the training, the teachers will be able to diagnose and understand students learning needs and challenges as well as assign homework to pupils, give feedback and auto-grade quizzes/tests remotely and internal stakeholders engagement.

Microsoft will be represented at the programme tagged “Work- From -Home, Remote Teaching and Learning for Lagos State Secondary School Teachers”, by ATB Techsoft Solutions.

While highlighting some of the salient benefits of the Programme on Lagos education development, Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, noted that the training will have an overall technology transformation of the school system in the State.

The Chairman, Lagos State Teaching Service Commission, (TESCOM), Elizabeth Ariyo, in her remarks, noted the highly robust training course content and its long-term sustainability is part of Microsoft Office Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

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Ariyo further stated that the programme can be easily accessible via mobile smartphones, Web browsers and robust platform for up to 1 million students, teachers and officials.

The chairman applauded efforts of Microsoft Office through their representative, ATB Techsoft Solutions, for utilising the stay at home period to equip, train and engage Secondary schools Teachers with needed skills.
According to her, this will enhance teachers’ performances in discharging their duties of imparting knowledge on the younger generations through the use of technology which is in line with the Education and Technology Pillar on the THEMES Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration and vision for teaching and learning in 21st Century Lagos.

In her remarks on the merits of the Digital literacy training programme, the Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Toyin Awoseyi, expressed optimism that this laudable concept and initiative will enable teachers discover the right digital skills, new mindsets, and behavioural skills appropriate in the new learning ecosystem for better students perform and global acceptance in their academics.

The Permanent Secretary urged teachers and other participants to take the programme seriously, and utilize this opportunity to its fullest while assuring that the State Government will not relent in its commitment towards improving the standard of teaching and learning outcomes in the State.

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