The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) have taken a significant step towards enhancing Nigeria’s educational landscape. Twenty-nine teachers from six states – Cross River, Bauchi, Anambra, Nasarawa, Kano, and Ekiti, representing each geo-political zone, have been selected for a specialized training program in South Korea as part of the Smart School Education project.
The training, held from July 29 to August 19, 2023, is a crucial component of the Smart School Education project, which was initiated through a partnership between KOICA and UBEC in 2021. Emphasizing the pivotal role of teachers in students’ lives and the success of the smart school initiative, Mr. Son Sungil, Country Director of KOICA, underscored the significance of this training in empowering teachers with advanced skills and methodologies.
This recent teacher training marks the third phase of KOICA’s initiatives for the Smart School Project. In December 2022, twenty principals from smart schools participated in training in Korea, along with another twenty education stakeholders, including the SUBEB chairman led by Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, the Executive Secretary of UBEC. The Korean government, through KOICA, is currently supporting six states out of the 36 states and the FCT, where UBEC has established Smart Schools.
The comprehensive support provided includes training for teachers, principals, and education stakeholders, development of digital content for mathematics and science subjects for Primary 4 to 6 and Junior Secondary 1 to 3, as well as the installation of content development studios in each of the six Smart Schools.
The selected teachers are those who have demonstrated outstanding performance from the Smart Schools. They will study Korea’s Smart School Education system and methodology during their time in South Korea. Upon their return to Nigeria, they will play a vital role in mentoring other Nigerian teachers on how smart schools operate, thus propagating the benefits of the program nationwide.
The Korean government’s commitment to SMART education, focusing on Self-directed, Motivated, Adaptive, Resource-enriched, and Technology-embedded education, reflects the dedication to advancing modern education and empowering students for the future.
As this valuable collaboration continues to unfold, it promises to bring transformative changes to the Nigerian education sector and further elevate the standards of learning across the country.