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New scheme to empower Nigerian scholars in ICT

typingLAGOS, (CAJ News) – Nigeria scholars are poised to benefit from new academic methods of incorporating technology into the classroom.

At the forefront of promoting technology skills in the classroom is Intel Corporation, the blue-chip American multinational technology company that has partnered with the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) on a four-day training exercise tagged, “Intel Teacher Professional Development Training.”

The training exercise is part of Intel’s global Teach Programme to improve effectiveness among teachers through professional development, by helping them integrate technology into their teaching, while promoting among the students, problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills.

Intel Global Education Specialist, Shelly Shott, who facilitated the training sessions, emphasised the need for a student-centered environment, which according to her, was a perfect environment to introduce technology.

“Intel believes that we have to educate our students for the 21st century. The old format of teaching does not necessarily support technology in the classroom, which is why we are advocating for a student-centered approach to learning,” Shott said.

Being the first University of Education scheme, the partnership with TASUED, will provide Intel with the opportunity to have a system in place whereby teachers are given technology skills before they graduate.

“The course we are running is Intel Teaching Portfolio of Courses and we have been training teachers around the world for the past 10 years,” said Intel Corporate Affairs Group Manager, Babatunde Akinola.

The company has invested over N1 billion in education and we still continue to do that, the official added.

“We see TASEUD as a strategic partner because their mandate is education said,” Akinola said.

– CAJ News

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