Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals says it has taken measures to help boost quality of education in its host communities in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. The firm said the measures included a scholarship programme for students, a ‘Train-the-Trainers’ capacity building initiative for teachers and school infrastructure projects to improve the quality of education in the communities.
It added in a statement, on Wednesday(5th of June, 2019), that to ensure students received quality education, it had, in collaboration with NurtureHouse Limited, organised a capacity building programme for secondary schools teachers and principals in the area recently. “The training sessions were delivered using practical, hands-on approach to learning. The sessions provided participants with opportunities to collaborate as well as practice knowledge and skills acquired,” the statement read in part.
“At the end of each session, each participant was guided on reflective practices and action plan to encourage implementation of skills acquired when they return to their schools. Teachers were exposed to 21st Century best practices in cognitive development and impact on learning as well as effective pedagogical skills,” it added.
According to the firm, the personal action plans produced at the end of the two-day professional development programme is expected to motivate the teachers to implement their plans. The Group Social Specialist, Group Health, Safety, Social and Environment, Dangote Industries Limited, Mrs Adenike Olaoye, was quoted to have said the capacity building programme underlined the huge impact that the company had in ensuring quality education in the host communities.
She explained that the programme sponsored by Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals had started a positive ripple effect that would be felt in the host communities for years to come. She added, “This initiative and many more happening in the host communities are being driven by the Group HSSE department of Dangote Industries. The teachers’ training is part of the education and training component of our Community Development Plan for our host communities.
“Ultimately, the CDP aims at building the capacities of local institutions within the communities so they become self-sustaining communities that can drive its own development thereby ensuring sustainable development.” The Chief Executive Officer, NurtureHouse Limited, Mrs Ayopeju Njideaka, also stated that the programme was structured to help teachers gather new 21st Century skills and for administrators to understand what their roles were.
“This programme will enable the 21st Century teacher deliver quality education. We had two days for teachers and one day for educational administrators. For the administrators, we trained them on instructional leadership. Leadership of education is no longer about sitting in the office and taking attendance,” she added.