Nigeria marks World Lecturers’ Day as ministers emphasise steady coaching of educators

As Nigeria joined the world on Thursday to commemorate the 2023 World Lecturers’ Day celebration, the substantive Training Minister and his Minister of State counterparts, Tair Mamman and Yusuf Sununu respectively, have emphasised the significance of steady coaching and talent growth for academics in Nigeria.

The academics had been additionally suggested to be appreciative of efforts by the Nigerian authorities to reposition the educating career within the nation.

They stated this on the 2023 commemoration of the worldwide occasion in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as a part of the actions to mark the day that’s put aside to honour academics for his or her invaluable roles within the growth of humanity and society.

The theme for this 12 months is: “The Instructor We Want for the Training We Need: The International Pattern to Reverse the Instructor Scarcity”.

Mamman speaks

Mr Mamman stated a number of the guarantees made to academics by the federal government had been fulfilled, noting that they will now retire at both 65 years of age or 40 years of service; whichever comes first.

He added that academics’ wage had since been positioned on the primary line cost for well timed cost.

He stated; “Immediately, we’ve got come collectively not merely as people however as a worldwide neighborhood to have fun the unsung heroes of our society. World Lecturers Day is not only an annual observance however a testomony to the transformative energy of training and the dedication of those that facilitate it.

“As we embark on this occasion with the theme for this 12 months, allow us to replicate on the impediments that academics encounter whereas instilling data, values, and hope.

“We have now to re-evaluate our strategy to trainer coaching, recruitment, welfare and equip academics with the talents, assets and the popularity they deserve to fulfill the evolving calls for of training within the twenty first century.”

The minister stated it’s paramount that whereas reaffirming the significance of academics’ invaluable roles in shaping a brighter tomorrow yearly, “there may be dire must clear the hurdles that forestalls the optimum realisation of their roles and targets,” he stated.

He stated the travail of training younger minds goes past the confines of the classroom.

In response to him, it’s a steady effort to encourage, inspire and information college students in the direction of their full potential.

He stated academics ought to word that their phrases resonate deeply with their college students and pupils thereby reaffirming the significance of the educator’s function in nurturing creativity or cluelessness and curiosity or apathy.

“Everyone knows that educating is greater than imparting data and entails instilling a lifelong love for studying, character constructing, inducting optimistic angle and common relationship with folks exterior the classroom,” he stated, including; “All these are informally transmitted by way of the academics conduct.”

“As we have fun academics in the present day, there may be want for academics in Nigeria to be appreciative of efforts by the Federal Authorities to reposition the educating career” .

Sununu speaks

In the meantime, the Minister of State for Training, Mr Sununu, defined that scarcity of academics within the nation and in different elements of the world poses challenges.

He stated it was time to replicate on the important function trainer’s play by instilling data, values, and thirst for studying of their college students to rework them into accountable residents.

He stated: “If all outfitted academics are passionate and able to pursue excellence, the academics we’ve got in our faculties can collectively revolutionise the essential and secondary training sub-sectors.

“In Nigeria, as in lots of different nations worldwide, the scarcity of certified academics and the specified type of training pose a major problem.

“Ongoing worldwide deliberations advocate adjustments that anchor on dedication, connections, communication and creativity within the prevailing conventional training methodology.

“Due to this fact, training is in a important juncture and academics in service require fixed coaching and retraining to suit into the scheme of issues.

“The trainer we wish shall be artistic, energetic listener, participating, collaborative and has empathy. He additionally have to be adaptive, centered on development, persistence, respectful and ready to interact in lifelong studying”.

Mr Sununu added that the lack of some academics who could also be pc literate however unable to deploy Data and Communication Expertise (ICT) in educating and studying impacts training end result and the power to realize nationwide growth objectives.

He stated: “It’s, subsequently, crucial that academics in Nigeria ought to benefit from the Open Training Useful resource (OER) and different on-line and in-person research centres to improve and change into “the academics we wish”.

“That is for us to collectively be certain that each baby in Nigeria has entry to high quality training”.


The celebration witnessed march previous by academics throughout the 36 states, together with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in addition to presentation of President’s Lecturers and Colleges Excellence Awards.

Omolade Adeyemi, from the SUBEB Mannequin Major Faculty, Ekiti Sate, was declared Nigeria’s finest trainer within the public college classes, whereas St. Paul Academy, Jos, Plateau State, is ranked the very best college within the non-public college classes.

Ijeoma Ekumankama of the Federal Authorities School, Nise, Anambra State, is the very best principal; the very best trainer within the non-public college class is Ruth Oraekwu, whereas the very best college administrator within the public college class is Oladimeji Bello, amongst different awardees.

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