OGUN: SOUTH WEST RESOURCE CENTRE PARTNERS CISCO TO TRAIN TEACHERS

Preparatory to the fourth industrial revolution and the emerging knowledge economy in the global world, the South- West Resource Centre, an  Ogun State Government owned ICT hub  in conjunction with the  CISCO Systems Nigeria Limited,  are set to upscale the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  competencies of both teachers and pupils in secondary schools  across the four zones of the state 
The project, under a programme tagged “50 CISCO Academy Train The Trainers” is targeted at 50 computer teachers in secondary schools across the four zones of the state and it’s being executed in batches. 
It has entered its second batch has so far seen to the training of about 100  Computer Teachers in secondary schools across  the state.
At the closing ceremony of the second batch of the trainees trainers of the intensive hands on computer training session,  the General Manager , South – West Resource Centre , Mrs. Irene Ayorinde told newsmen that under the training , CISCO gave the centre grants in kind to train Computer Teachers in Ogun State. 
 “The idea is to train all the 501 teachers in secondary schools  across Ogun State . This is the second batch and once we finish this training and the teachers  transfer the knowledge to their students, CISCO will give us another batch to train 50 more teachers and it goes on andon like that until it goes round”, she said.
The Special Adviser to the governor on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun, had earlier explained the target of the state government on the project, informing that the government is trying to build capacity through ICT. 
In doing this, the Ogun State government according to him recognises the position of ICT as an enabler regardless of what anyone studies in life. Abiodun observed further: “Whatever anyone do in life ICT is key. The key to us therefore is capturing the future generation. So, we are training the teachers who in turn will train the future generation and by so doing, we are preparing the future generation for the future of work and the work of the future , so to  say”, he said.
The CISCO Programme Manager, in Nigeria, Mr. Imoh Akpan, also shed light on the motive behind the program and why CISCO is partnering the  Ogun State government through the South West Resource Centre.
 ” The idea is for us to provide digital skill development for the fourth industrial revolution. They are skills that are required for the fourth industrial revolution and our students need to be well acquitted with the skill and that’s why we are partnering the South West Resource Centre to be able to train teachers so that they can also go in and train the students’’, Akpan said.
He further stated that the world is talking about knowledge economy and there is the need to develop capacity by training the students so that they can be able to function in the impending knowledge economy. 
On the project  being executed in Ogun State, he said:  ” the teachers are going through ICT essentials which includes system repairs being able to assemble, fix and couple computers and mobile technology. The programme which is Capacity Building for 50 secondary school teachers is a pilot scheme that will be continuous as soon as the first and second batch achieve its goals’’.
While speaking about the response rate from the participants, he stated:  ” the response has been very encouraging and very positive . We see the desire in the teachers to learn and re-skill” .
The South West Instructor Trainer, Mr. Arigbabu Oluwaseyi,  corroborated Akpan on the goals of the training and what the participants are expected to learn adding that: ” the program is to allow the teachers to demonstrate what they have been teaching theoretically. Through the training, the teacher should be able to trouble shoot a network, how to install a printer, how to update a printer driver and the likes’’.
 Arigbabu said the competencies of students should be computer-oriented and they should have something they can fall back on order than just carrying certificates about looking for white collar jobs, hene the training.
Some of the participants also spoke about the knowledge gained in the course of the training, said it would go a long way in expanding their practical knowledge in order to be able to impact positively on the students.
 One of the participants, Mrs. Osunnuga Florence from Ogbogbo  Baptist Senior School, Ijebu-Ode observed: ‘’ It has been very educative. We’ve been exposed to so many things, especially for some of us who have been lagging behind in hands on practical experience. We are being exposed to miseries surrounding the box. We worked on the system unit; we checked the cables and connected it to mother board and we work on how to install the operating system  and trouble shoot. 
She capped  her experience up by saying: ‘’when we get back to our schools,  we will be better equipped to manage the computer systems in our laboratories’’
Mr Yahaya Ibrahim Oladipupo from Gateway ICT institute, Igbesa said the programme is more like an intervention that came at the appropriate time as it meets the demands of people like him who has been yearning for hands on computer training.
‘’It is a programme organised at a time it was highly needed. It was designed to educate people on the use of computer system , repairs, maintenance, most especially when teachers that are teaching computer are not sound in the area of computer practical. This programme has gone a long way to expose majority of us to the way the computer system is being trouble shooted, repaired among others’’.
The President, Computer Teachers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Branch, Mr. Abiodun Osoko,  also lent his voice:  ‘’this programme is one of the packages we are having towards school resumption. The Association work with stakeholders in maximizing the school curriculum. 
So, in preparing our Teachers towards these challenges we decided to partner with  relevant stakeholders. I believe after this  programme, we will have many of our teachers improve their knowledge in CISCO , because majority of them are already CISCO Certified’’.he submitted.

Preparatory to the fourth industrial revolution and the emerging knowledge economy in the global world, the South- West Resource Centre, an  Ogun State Government owned ICT hub  in conjunction with the  CISCO Systems Nigeria Limited are set to upscale the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  competencies of both the teachers and pupils in secondary schools  across the four zones of the state. 
The project under a programme tagged “50 CISCO Academy Train The Trainers” is targeted at 50 Computer Teachers in secondary schools across the four zones of the state and the project is being executed in batches. 
The project which has entered its second batch has so far seen to the training of about 100  computer teachers in secondary schools across  the state.
At the closing ceremony of the second batch of the trainees trainers of the intensive hands on computer training session,  the General Manager , South – West Resource Centre, Mrs. Irene Ayorinde said under the training , CISCO gave the centre grants in kind to train computer teachers in Ogun State. 
She said: ” the idea is to train 501 computer  teachers in Secondary Schools  across Ogun State . This is the second batch and once we finish this training and the teachers  transfer the knowledge to their students, CISCO will give us another batch to train 50 more teachers and it goes on andon like that until it goes round”.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun, had earlier explained the target of the Ogun State government on the project,  informing that the government is trying to build capacity through ICT.
 In doing this, the Ogun State government according to him recognised the position of ICT as an enabler regardless of what anyone studies in life.
 Abiodun observed further: “whatever anyone does in life ICT is key. The key to us therefore is capturing the future generation. So, we are training the teachers who in turn will train the future generation and by so doing, we are preparing the future generation for the future of work and the work of the future , so to  say”, he stated
The CISCO Programme Manager, in Nigeria, Mr. Imoh Akpan, also shed light on the motive behind the programme and why CISCO was partnering the  Ogun State government through the South West Resource Centre.
 ” The idea is for us to provide digital skill development for the fourth industrial revolution. They are skills that are required for the fourth industrial revolution and our students need to be well acquitted with the skill and that’s why we are partnering the South West Resource Centre to be able to train teachers so that they can also go in and train the students’’, Akpan said.
Akpan,  stated further that the world is talking about knowledge economy and there is the need to develop capacity by training the students so that they can be able to function in the impending knowledge economy. 
He also spoke about the project  being executed in Ogun State, saying:  ” the teachers are going through ICT essentials which includes system repairs, being able to assemble, fix and couple computers and mobile technology. The programme which is capacity building for 50 secondary school teachers is a pilot scheme that will be continuous as soon as the first and second batch achieve its goals’’.
The manager, also spoke about the response rate from the participants ” the response has been very encouraging and very positive . We see the desire in the teachers to learn and re-skill” .
The South West Instructor Trainer, Mr. Arigbabu Oluwaseyi corroborated Akpan on the goals of the training and what the participants are expected to learn.
 ” The programme is to allow the teachers to demonstrate what they have been teaching theoretically. Through the training, the teacher should be able to trouble shoot a network, how to install a printer, how to update a printer driver and the likes’’.
Acording to Arigbabu, the competencies of students should be computer-oriented and they should have something they can fall back on order than just carrying certificates about looking for white collar jobs, hene the training.
Some of the participants also spoke about the knowledge gained in the course of the training, saying it would go a long way in expanding their practical knowledge in order to be able to impact positively on the students. 
One of the participants, Mrs. Osunnuga Florence from Ogbogbo  Baptist Senior School, Ijebu-Ode observed:  ‘’It has been very educative. We’ve been exposed to so many things, especially for some of us who have been lagging behind in hands on practical experience.
 We are being exposed to miseries surrounding the box. We worked on the system unit; we checked the cables and connected it to mother board and we work on how to install the operating system  and trouble shoot. 
She capped  her experience up by saying: ‘’ when we get back to our school, we will be better equipped to manage the computer systems in our laboratories’’
Contributing, Mr Yahaya Ibrahim Oladipupo from Gateway ICT Institute, Igbesa, Ado Odo Local Governmemt Area of the state,  said the programme was more like an intervention that came at the appropriate time as it meets the demands of people like him who had been yearning for hands on computer training ‘’ 
He added: “it is a programme organised at a time it was highly needed. It was designed to educate people on the use of computer system, repairs, maintenance, most especially when teachers that are teaching computer are not sound in the area of computer practical. This programme has gone a long way to expose majority of us to the way the computer system is being trouble shooted, repaired among others’’.
The President, Computer Teachers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State branch, Mr. Abiodun Osoko, also lent his voice.
 ‘’This programme is one of the packages we are having towards school resumption. The association works with stakeholders in maximizing the school curriculum. So, in preparing our Teachers towards these challenges we decided to partner with  relevant stakeholders. I believe after this  programme, we will have many of our teachers improve their knowledge in CISCO , because majority of them are already CISCO Certified’’.he submitted.

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