COVID-19: Nigerian teachers should be trained on digital education – Tam-George

An education expert, Austin Tam-George, has urged federal and state governments in Nigeria to train teachers on digital education as part of measures to further manage the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

He spoke at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference to evaluate research findings on the impact of COVID-19 and e-learning.

The pandemic affected the education of about 1.5 billion young people forcing countries and schools to adopt online learning.

UNESCO is documenting their experiences as a basis for recommendations for educational policy reforms in the most impacted countries.

The COVID-19 global impact research was conducted under the Youth-As-Researchers (YAR) initiative of UNESCO.

In his remarks, Tam-George said it was high time the authorities expanded teachers’ capacity on digital teaching, online instructional learning design, and evaluation.

“Many teachers seemed ill-prepared for the sudden demands of online education.

“We need a new pedagogical playbook that prepares teachers on digital teaching, learning and evaluation”, he said.

The consultant noted that instead of “isolated training” of individual teachers by schools, a “deeper structural reform” should be carried out.

Tam-George, who served as a UNESCO Technical Advisor, urged Colleges of Education to develop a curriculum on digital education for teachers.

He advised African governments to expand broadband penetration, by making internet access a fundamental right of citizens.


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