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DEAN Initiative Enhances Teaching Skills in Kwara State: Teacher Transforming Education Workshop.

The workshop served as a catalyst for fundamental lessons poised to reshape the educational landscape. It heralded a call for a significant departure towards skill-centric education, emphasising the potency of practical, applicable skills over traditional rote learning. At its core, critical thinking emerged as the guiding principle, stressing the necessity for an environment that fosters questioning, analysis, and synthesis. Moreover, problem-solving assumed a central role, highlighting its pivotal contribution to fostering resilience and adaptability.

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In collaboration with UNESCO ASPnet, DEAN embarked on a noteworthy initiative to enhance the teaching prowess of Kwara State educators. The impactful two-day Transforming Education Workshop for Teachers,” focusing on the imperative shift from knowledge-based to skill-based learning” held at the Wingate Exotic Hotel in Tanke Ilorin, marked a pivotal juncture in the pursuit of educational excellence.

The call to action resonated strongly, urging the implementation of transformative lessons in classrooms to create environments where students actively engage. Throughout the training, 100 Kwara teachers were equipped with essential teaching skills, a commendable effort acknowledged by Semiye Michael, the Executive Director of DEAN Initiative. His presentation on understanding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their alignment with education (SDG Goal 4) served as a guiding compass for teachers.

The opening ceremony featured Mr. Taye Odedeji representing Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, the Hon. Commissioner for Education, and Hajia Jubril representing the Chairman of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission. Noteworthy attendees included experienced administrator Pastor Alabi, Professor Adebayo Lawal from the University of Ilorin, Jamiu Aliyu from the British Council, and Tessy Amayo, National Coordinator of UNESCO ASPnet, represented by Amina Babatunde.

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Divided into three sessions with facilitators such as Bayere Ayodeji, Jamiu Aliyu from the British Council, and Semiye Michael, the workshop aimed to motivate participants by providing valuable insights into critical design thinking, problem-solving, and aligning education with Sustainable Development Goal 4.

A ripple of enthusiasm has permeated the educational community, promising a brighter future. The seeds of transformation have been planted, and the fertile ground of Kwara State eagerly awaits the harvest of a revitalized, skill-centric education system.

DEAN’s “Teachers’ Transforming Education” workshop transcended being a mere event; it marked the commencement of a narrative of educational renaissance, with each chapter unfolding the promise of a brighter, more dynamic future.

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Transforming Education for the 21st Century: A Journey with DEAN Initiative and FCT Secondary Education Board

In an ever-evolving world, education is the bedrock of progress. As we step into the 21st century, the traditional model of knowledge-based learning is gradually giving way to a more skill-focused approach. To address this shift and improve the quality of education, DEAN Initiative has embarked on a transformative journey with FCT Secondary Education Board . This journey began with the “Big Education Conversation and Design Thinking Training Workshop,” a dynamic and interactive training program for 20 dedicated staff members.

The workshop, led by Semiye Michael, Executive Director of DEAN Initiative, and Mrs. Laraba Grace Okah, Head of the Special Services Division FCT-SEB, brought together professionals from various departments within the FCT Secondary Education Board, including the Director/Secretary Office, Co-Curricular Division, Planning and Development Division, Science/Technology & Mathematics Division, Planning, Research and Statistics Division, Guidance & Counseling Division, and the Information and Finance Departments.

The main aim of the workshop was to initiate a meaningful dialogue regarding the changing landscape of education, equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition from traditional knowledge-based learning to skill-focused education and foster the development of design thinking capabilities to encourage innovative problem-solving and service improvement.

The workshop bore fruitful results, with several key takeaways. Participants left with a deeper comprehension of the imperative shift from traditional, knowledge-centered education to skill-focused learning. This transition aligns with the evolving demands of the 21st century. The workshop enhanced communication skills among the staff, including active listening and effective presentation, which are essential for better interactions with students, colleagues, and stakeholders. The participants embraced design thinking as a problem-solving approach, equipping them with the tools needed to tackle educational challenges creatively and with a user-centric focus.

The dedicated staff members who participated in the workshop left with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to their roles. They pledged to champion the transition from traditional knowledge-based learning to skill-based education within their respective departments, implement improved communication practices and knowledge-sharing strategies to enhance the overall learning experience and embrace design thinking principles to address educational challenges and consistently improve services for the benefit of students.

“The Big Education Conversation and Design Thinking Training Workshop” catalyzed positive change in education. It underscored the value of professional development initiatives in enhancing the capabilities of educators and fostering innovation in the field of education. These skills and knowledge will undoubtedly contribute to more responsive and effective educational practices in the 21st century. As we move forward, we eagerly anticipate witnessing the continued impact of these acquired skills in the classrooms and the broader educational community. DEAN Initiative remains committed to leading the way in shaping the future of education.

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