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350 teachers graduate from Seplat empowerment in Edo, Delta

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By Nefishetu Yakubu

No fewer than 350 public and private school teachers in Edo and Delta on Saturday graduated from Seplat JV Energy education empowerment programme in its host communities.

The teachers were trained on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) under the Seplat Teachers Empowerment Programme (STEP).

The training, done in collaboration with NNPC Limited, was geared towards equipping the teachers with skills to effectively deliver STEAM knowledge to the students.

Chioma Afe, Director, Seplat External Affairs and Sustainability, explained that the education value chain played a crucial role in shaping the workforce and fostering economic development.

During the education summit and graduation ceremony organised by Seplat JV and NNPC Ltd. in Benin, Afe said that collective efforts were vital in building a skilled and productive workforce.

Afe noted that in spite of efforts to increase access to quality education, disparities in resources persisted across different regions, particularly in secondary education.

“We want to address the challenges within the education value chain, especially in the areas where Seplat and NNPC operates, as well as across the nation.

“At the foundation of the education value chain lie primary and secondary education, crucial for laying the groundwork for future learning.

“However, access to quality early education, especially in rural areas, remains a challenge,” Afe said.

According to her, collaboration among the private sector, educational institutions and the government is essential to improve the quality of teaching and learning outcomes.

Earlier, the Chief Operating Officer, Seplat JV, Mr Samson Ezugworie, said the outfit recognised the problem and the need to confront it head-on.

Ezugworie noted that the country’s education system today was not where it should be, adding that Seplat understood its pivotal role in development.

“If the youth of this country are not developed, there’s a problem.

“This shared drive among Seplat, our senior partners and the state governments in the areas we operate is what propels us forward,” he said.

Also, Dr Joan Ovaiwe, the Edo Commissioner for Education, thanked Seplat JV Energy and NNPC Ltd. for supporting teachers in Edo and Delta

Ovaiwe said under the leadership of Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Edo had been focusing on education reform for the past seven years through Edo Best framework.

Akinyele Akin-Olusoji, the Group Managing Director NewGlobe, said there was a compelling evidence that improved quality of education would produce a more educated and skilled labour force.

Commenting on the theme, “Transforming the education workforce, a critical success factor to nation building, Akin-Olusoji said improved education system would accelerate the growth in GDP each year by 0.5 per cent at the minimum. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Idris Abdulrahman

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