Lagos govt partners with Finland to boost comprehensive schools’ programme

The Lagos State government has partnered with Finland to boost comprehensive school programme launched this year.

A statement from the Ministry of Education stated that through the ministry, and in partnership with the Government of Finland, the state recently sent a group of selected teachers and co-ordinators in the programme on a two-week training course at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) in Finland.

The statement also noted that during this time (April 18 to May 1, 2022), the group was immersed in the workings of an education system ranked the best in the world.

It hinted that the aim was to pick up on teaching methodologies and strategies, which could be incorporated into the state’s comprehensive schools programme for the best possible results.

Adebayo Sodiq, a teacher from Lagos Education District I, alongside his colleagues, witnessed innovation first-hand when he sat at a project presentation on recycling plastic to form rings, earrings and other items at Ylojarvi Upper Secondary School.

He said: “I was impressed by the confidence of the students and the obvious depth of their know-how. It was also an eye-opener on how learning can move from the pages of textbooks into practical and useful purposes.

“It is a testament to the flexibility of an education system where all learners are accommodated as to leave no dead end in the system. This is very similar to the vision of the Lagos Comprehensive Schools Programme and offers a specific equivalent in the Finnish JOPO Programme, which is designed to help struggling students regain motivation and prevent dropout.”

Also, an Education District VI Tutor, Bunmi Abiloye, said: “JOPO is like a mirror image of our comprehensive schools programme, it is only bigger. It has elements that are activity-based and on-the-job learning, individual learning plans, as well as school camps, field trips, study visits, internships and team building that will help expand and improve our scope.”

On the impact of the training on the group and how they plan to transfer such learning to the Lagos State Comprehensive Schools Programme, Adejare Judah, another teacher in the group, said: “The conventional school setting of teacher, students and classroom is history.

“The learning environment has become a much wider field comprising not just the teacher and students, and textbooks but also vocational and skills training incorporating input from other resource persons and technology. We plan to take what we have learned back to enhance the comprehensive schools programme in Lagos State and Public Secondary School Education in Nigeria as a whole.”

IN another development, the state government has tasked emergency stakeholders on preparedness to adequately manage emerging disasters in the state, moving away from disaster reduction to disaster prevention.

The state’s Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, who stated this, yesterday, at a stakeholders’ meeting, urged the emergency responders to brace up for the unexpected.

He described the meeting as apt, saying that it allows brainstorming among key stakeholders to create a sensitisation to emergency and disaster management.

On his part, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that owing to its limited capacity, the state is moving gradually away from disaster reduction to prevention.

Similarly, the General Manager of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, said that one of the dangers of building collapse borders attitudinal problem, stressing that residents in the state are not ready to face reality.


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