The Management of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Oto/Ijanikin gave awards to six lecturers as best teachers in the college to celebrate World Teacher’s Day
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the names of the awardees include; Dr Safurat Ajani (School of Vocational and Technical Education), Mr. Abayomi Odu (School of Arts and Social Sciences), Mr. Peter Kufisile (School of Languages)
Other includes; Mr Anthony Hunyinbo( School of Education), Dr Mary Odumosu (School of Science), and Mr Adebisi Eruosi (School of Early Childhood and Primary Education).
Prof. Bilikisu Lafiaji-Okuneye, Provost, AOCOED said this at the celebration of 2021 World Teacher’s Day organised by the institution on Wednesday in Lagos.
Lafiaji-Okuneye said that teachers should be commended across the country for their determination, creativity, resourcefulness, originality, and initiative in saving education from collapse in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is because when education systems collapse, peaceful, prosperous, and productive societies can not be sustained.
“Teachers deserve praises and special awards not only for ingeniously rescuing the education system from total collapse at the onset of COVID-19 but also their resilience to stabilise the restoration process.
“Recently the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu awarded 23 teachers and 12 were given new cars and other consolation prizes.
“This gesture of Lagos State Government is worthy of emulation by other states in the country,” she said.
Prof. Oluwole Banjo, Acting Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education(TASUED), Ogun said that a professional and successful 21st-century teacher needs special ability to transfer knowledge under any given situation, especially the new normal of virtual teaching.
Banjo said that teachers must first be a learner before becoming a teacher in order to teach the right contents with great emphasis on quality delivery to reach the target audience.
“Teacher’s effectiveness also demands that he must impart right skills, knowledge and values with enough enthusiasm.
“The pandemic has revealed the need for students and teachers to possess required new skills for adaption and continued existence during the crises,” he said.
Dr Omolola Ladele, former Provost of AOCOED said that teachers educators must be digital literates, practice-oriented, continuous learners and skilled in integrating technology.
Ladele said that teachers need to embrace, encourage the development of soft skills, application of knowledge for the suitability of graduates in the global community.