Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin.
Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA) has organised a 2-day training workshop for not less than 160 teachers in the community secondary schools.
The training workshop on effective teaching methods in order to improve students’ academic performance in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State was anchored by the Education Committee of Omu-Aran Development Associationm
The workshop, which attracted teachers in the area of humanities is the second in the series with participants drawn from community schools across the three wards of the town.
The institution of the workshop, according to the ODA President, Chief Bisi Adeyemi, was geared toward improving the teachers effectiveness in order to achieve the desired students performance.
Adeyemi expressed the need for the teachers to be more dedicated and align with global acceptable standard and practices in the discharge of their civic responsibilities
He said the organisation of the workshop was also part of the association’s corporate social responsibility towards the growth, progress and socio-economic development of the community.
“Education remains the bedrock of any meaningful development, especially at the grassroot.
“As a community development association, it is part of our corporate responsibilities to ensure that quality and qualitative education is entrenced within our locality.
“We are very optimistic that the workshop will impact new ideas and methodology on the teachers for optimal performance and effectiveness,” he said.
Earlier, Prof. Olabisi Olasheinde-Williams of the Department of Social Sciences Education, Universityof Ilorin, in a lecture titled “Psychplogical Tips for Teaching Effectiveness” identified education as the best legacy a nation could bestowed on it’s citizenry.
Olasehinde-Williams, who doubled as the Chairperson of the Education Committe of ODA,added that teachers needed to learn new innovations to effectively teach today’s 21st century students.
“We know that teachers are very key and central in whatever learning that goes on in the school.
“When students fails we blame the students. We blame the goverment; we blame the parents.
“Teachers are also very key and central and they are suppose to be continuous learners.
“The quality of students we teach now is different from those of the yesteryears, we call them the 21st century students.
“Today teachers need to learn new innovations, ideas and methodologies in matching them if you want them to learn,” she said.
Dr Rotimi Okunloye also of the University of Ilorin, Social Sciences Education Department, in a lecture, identified some element of learning effectiveness as logical and systematic presentation.
Others are adequate planning of lessons, instructional varieties, questions and questioning strategies as well as active pupils participation.
Mr Olawale Koledafe of the Centre for Open and Distance Learning, University of Ilorin, who spoke on “Improvisation of Instructional Materials for Effective Teaching and Learning” advocated adoption of imitative and adaptive improvisation methods, in order to achieve the desired learning effectiveness by teaching.
“While imitative method produces a replica of the original educational media adaptive improvisation on the other hand changes original educational media to suit ones needs,” he said.
The community traditional monarch, Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Oladele Adeoti, in a good-will message, commended the association for it’s foresight and steadfastness.