Benue to monitor 2,625 teachers following training

Monitoring of 2,625 teachers who underwent Jollyphonics literacy training will begin next week in Benue State.

The monitoring follows the training of the teachers, as well as 50 Quality Assurance officers and heads of academics for three weeks in 18 centres to use Jolly Phonics, a fun and interactive teaching tool that applies the synthetic phonics literacy teaching methodology.

Synthetic phonics is recommended by governments around the world because of the way it provides children with the skills needed to read and write.

The training, which began on January 18, this year, was funded by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) under the 2017/2018 grants for Teachers Professional Development for each of the 36 states.

Benue was the second state in the federation after Enugu to complete its 2017/2018 training. Ondo and Adamawa states completed their training earlier this week, just as Kano and Adamawa began theirs.

The monitoring of the trained teachers will be done by Local Government Quality Assurance officers, heads of academics and project coordinators under the supervision of the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board and the  Universal Learning Solutions (ULS), UBEC’s implementing partners in the delivery of the Teacher Professional Development initiative.

ULS CEO Mr Gary Foxcroft said the Jolly Phonics literacy project, now in its fifth year in Benue State had helped many children to read and write.

“The Benue State Jolly Phonics is a fantastic opportunity for all children in Benue State to benefit from the opportunity to learn to read and write. The project will, therefore, help increase equity and equal opportunities for all children in Benue State.”

Mr Patrick Uzu, Nigeria Country Director, ULS, highlighted the exceptional support and partnership offered by Benue SUBEB as being instrumental in the success of the project.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Benue SUBEB to train, resource and mentor its teachers in Jolly Phonics. This project gives the children of Benue State a brighter future. Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to the Executive Chairman, Benue SUBEB, Comrade Joeseph Utse and his team who have handled the training very professionally.

Foxcroft also praised the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for its continued support for the adoption of Jolly Phonics in government schools across Nigeria.

“UBEC have really recognised the tremendous impact that Jolly Phonics has been having on literacy levels in Nigeria’s government schools and have taken it on as one of their flagship programmes. This has helped us to initiate new projects across the country. Jolly Phonics is now being taught in all 36 states, and FCT. This is truly amazing and will help to improve the reading and writing abilities of millions of children in the years ahead,” he said.


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