Education Ministry Organises Symposium To Commemorate World Teachers Day

Education Ministry Organises Symposium To Commemorate World Teachers Day

The Federal Ministry of Education will will on Thursday, September 30, commence a symposium as part of the activities to commemorate the World Teachers Day(WTD) celebrated annually on October 5.

Speaking while briefing the press on Tuesday, the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, revealed that the symposium will create an avenue for experts in the profession to deliberate on the implication of the WTD theme as it affects teachers in Nigeria.

The minister who was represented by the minister of state, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, added that the discussants in the event will be  chief executives of core Teacher-education parastatals and the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

“The Guest Speaker is the Registrar and chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council (TRCN), Prof. Olusegun Joshua Ajiboye, who will be expected to discuss the WTD theme “Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery” while Prof. Musa Garba Maitafsir, the Director General of National Teachers Institute (NTI), Or Mike Ike Ene, Secretary General, Nigerian Union of Teachers(NUT) and Prof. Paulinus Chijioke Okwelle, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) present papers on designated topics respectively to expound the WTD theme for ease of understanding.

“The sub-topics for discussion are, “We Teach Who We Are, The Potential Impact of The Extension of Service Year and Improved Remuneration on the Role of Teachers as the Heart of Education Recovery and “Revision of Teacher Education Curriculum is a Continuum to Ensure that Teachers Function Effectively as the Heart of Education Recovery”,” he said.

Adamu added that  on Tuesday, 5 October, 2021,  the Ministry will host representatives of NUT nationwide and other dignitaries at Eagle Square to commemorate the event proper.

“The meritorious winners of the Presidents’ Teachers Excellence Award for Best Public School, Best Approved Private School, Best public School Teacher, Best Approved Private School Teacher and Best Public School Administrator will also receive their respective coveted prizes.

“Also, updates on the implementation status of the Presidents landmark 20 pronouncements on the approved strategies to re-position and re-vitalize the teaching  profession would be given,” he said.

The minister explained that the theme of this year’s commemoration, “ Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery” was designated by UNESCO to expatiate  how teachers all over the world ingeniously prevented the total collapse of the Education system at the onset of Covid-19 pandemic and their resilience to ensure stability in the restoration process regardless of the pandemic.

“It is important to note that every year, the designated theme for WTD commemoration complements the UNESCO and International Labour Organizations (ILO) laudable recommendation of 1966 that highlighted the global recognition of the inestimable value of the teaching profession in nation building. The adoption of this recommendation by the United Nations on 5™ October, 1994 is a milestone worthy of commemoration to continually add value to the status of teachers,” he noted.