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Lagos partners Microsoft to train teachers on digital literacy

For meaningful engagement of Staff of the Post-Primary Teaching Service in “Digital Literacy training” during the coronavirus lockdown, the Lagos State Government, in collaboration with Microsoft Office, represented by ATB Techsoft Solutions, has concluded plans to train 18,000 of its Teachers, commencing from Monday, April 27, 2020.

The Programme, tagged “Work-From-Home, Remote Teaching and Learning for Lagos State Secondary School Teachers”, is aimed at digital training, mentoring, observation, creating and sharing subject-specific content, accessing interactive classes from mobile phones and devices, diagnosing and understanding learning needs and challenges, assigning homework, give feedbacks and auto-grade quizzes/tests remotely and internal stakeholders engagement.

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While highlighting some of the salient benefits of the Programme on Lagos Teachers and Schools, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo noted the huge mileage the training will have on the overall technology transformation of the school system in the State.

The Chairman, Lagos State Teaching Service Commission, (TESCOM), Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo, in her remarks, noted the highly robust course content and its sustainability on the long-term as part of Microsoft Office Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The Chairman also noted that the programme is easily accessible via mobile smartphones, Web browsers and robust platform for up to 1 million students, teachers and officials.

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Mrs. Ariyo applauded the efforts of Microsoft Office through their representative, ATB Techsoft Solutions, in utilising the stay-at-home period to equip, train and engage Secondary schools Teachers, and opined that this will enhance teachers performances in discharging their duties of imparting knowledge in the younger generations through the use of technology which is in line with the Education and Technology Pillar in the THEMES Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration and vision for teaching and learning in 21st Century Lagos.

In her remarks on the merits of the Digital literacy training programme, the Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, expressed optimism that this laudable concept and initiative will enable Teachers to discover the right digital skills, new mindsets, and behavioural skills appropriate in the new learning ecosystem for better students perform and global acceptance in their academics.

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The Permanent Secretary urged Teachers and other participants to take the programme seriously, and utilize these opportunities to its fullest while assuring that the State Government will not relent in its commitment to improve the standard of teaching and learning outcomes in the State.

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