NTI trains 46 Abuja school teachers on pedagogical skills 

National Teachers Institute (NTI) has concluded a six-day capacity building workshop for 46 teachers of the Hyatul Hikima Wal-Hisab School Foundation, Abuja at the National INSET Centre for the Strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE), Kaduna.

The training, according to the Director and Chief Executive of NTI, Kaduna, Prof. Musa Garba Maitafsir, is in line with NTI statutory mandate, enshrined in the Institute’s Establishment Act, through the Federal Ministry of Education, to collaborate with United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Office of Climate Change Education in France, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), amongst others in the area of training and upgrading of Nigerian teachers across the 36 states and FCT.

Prof. Maitafsir said the training, which held between April 15 and 20 themed: ‘Activity-based, Student-Centred’ approach, is part of NTI’s innovative strategies in a bid to extend training opportunities to private schools in the country. The training “is aimed at promoting positive change of teachers from Hyatul Hikima Wal-Hisab Foundation School on their attitude to the teaching profession and enhance improvement in subject mastery, pedagogical skills, resource utilisation, as well as learners’ participation and engagement in classroom activities.

He informed the Management of Hyatul Hikima Wal-Hisab Foundation School, Abuja, a private school, that the Institute will consider the school in its subsequent trainings of teachers. 

He therefore commended the proprietor for sponsoring his school teachers to the training and urged the participants to utilise the opportunity given to them and share ideas as well as knowledge to improve classroom engagement, and ensure effective utilisation of the skills acquired.  

Addressing the training, the Overseer, SMASE, Dr. Zainab Muhammad Shuaibu, lauded the Director and Chief Executive of NTI and management staff for their “unwavering support and commitment,’’ saying that such support ensured the seamless conduct and implementation of SMASE activities. 

“Professor Maitafsir’s leadership has been a guiding light, and we are grateful for his vision in advancing education, particularly in the domains of mathematics and basic science and other core subjects.” 

She encouraged the participants to actively engage, share insights, and foster an environment of collaborative learning. “Together, we can make a lasting impact on the landscape of education in Nigeria. Your presence here would be instrumental to further engagement with private stakeholders and we look forward to a collaborative learning experience that will unfold in the coming days,” she added. 

A former SMASE evaluator and now Member, Governing Board of Hyatul Hikima Wal-Hisab Foundation School, Abuja, Malam Abubakar Dontsoho in his comments, having chronicled SMASE transition from a project to a programme, passed the verdict that SMASE-NTI is striving well. He enjoined the participants to utilise the opportunity and improve their capacity. 

SMASE, was introduced in 2006 with full sponsorship from the Japanese Government through JICA, which officially exited and handed over the project to the Nigerian government in February 2014. 

It was created ‘to upgrade the teaching skills of school teachers and the learning skills of pupils through active participation in classroom engagement”, in line with National Policy on Education (FGN, 2014), which emphasises a paradigm shift in educational practices from teacher-centeredness to learner-centeredness. It has transformed from Project to Programme.