The Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) on Saturday, offered skills training for teachers in its schools to enhance their capacity.
The teachers were also drilled on security measures for their safety and that of students in their care.
The capacity development training with the theme, “Creativity in Teaching Learning and Safety Measure”, was held in Abuja and had participants from NAOWA nursery, and primary and secondary schools.
In her speech, NAOWA President and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, said educational development remained a key component of her administration.
Yahaya said that continuous training and retraining of staff would enhance their productivity, adding that the training seminar was the sixth in the series.
She said it was aimed at making the beneficiaries better and more effective given the array of resource persons that delivered lectures in various areas.
She urged the teachers to justify the investment that had been made in them in the area of capacity development by putting in their best to teaching and learning outcomes.
“To have an effective teacher, training and retraining are very important. Since coming on board, we have been organising the staff development series and this is the sixth series.
“It is all aimed at making them better and effective teachers.
“It is also a means for them to interact with other teachers because all the resource persons are also professional teachers in their own right.
“So, it is also a way for them to interact and exchange ideas, and understand current trends in teaching methodology as well as teaching in the 21st century.
“The theme is apt and the topics treated are also apt with regards to current trends in education.
“NAOWA has really invested in them by training them and ensuring that they have a good welfare package. It is expected that they put in their best and be the best teachers that they can be,’’ she said.
The Head, Staff Training Committee, NAOWA, Mrs Fatima Mohammed, said the training was organised for the teachers to learn more effective ways of imparting knowledge to their students.
Mohammed added that the training would also help them to match the teaching techniques of the past with new skills to produce a greater generation of Nigerians.
She said technological and infrastructural development has made it necessary for teachers to bring creativity into their daily activities to achieve the desired goals and ensure that schools were safe and conducive to learning.
One of the resource persons, Mr Abdulrazak Muhammad, in his lecture titled, “Safety and Security Measures in Schools” said that the safety of schools was paramount to educational development.
Muhammad, a former Secretary of the FCT Universal Education Board, said the current security challenges had affected the nation’s educational system in some parts of the country.
“It is very important that we create awareness among the stakeholders, teachers, students and administrators in order to enhance and ensure the safety and security of children in schools,” he added.
He said many schools and institutions all over Nigeria have a porous security system and were not adhering to standard security measures.
Muhammad said there must be a strong understanding between host communities and schools, while government should provide adequate security for schools.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NAOWA president used the event to honour some members of staff with gifts for their dedication and commitment to duty.