LASG launches CASIO maths, science teacher’s training centre

In a bid to enhance teaching and learning of Mathematical and Science related subjects for better performances in internal and external examinations for students, the Lagos State Government, in partnership with SKLD Integrated Services Limited and CASIO, has officially launched a CASIO Math and Science Teacher’s Training Centre at the Education Resource Centre, Ojodu.

In a bid to enhance teaching and learning of Mathematical and Science related subjects for better performances in internal and external examinations for students, the Lagos State Government, in partnership with SKLD Integrated Services Limited and CASIO, has officially launched a CASIO Math and Science Teacher’s Training Centre at the Education Resource Centre, Ojodu.

Speaking at the official launch of the Centre, on Thursday, Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, revealed that the project is, a dream come true for the State, as it will positively enhance the teaching of mathematics and science-related subjects, adding that the teaching of these subjects will be more practical and interesting for better understanding by the students.

Mrs. Adefisayo opined that it is essential that the teachers and students acquire various skills in line with the Education and Technology Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration and the required 21st Century Skills that will give them the ability to think critically, analyse situations and proffer relevant solutions.

The Commissioner, on behalf of Lagos State Government, expressed her sincere appreciation to SKLD Integrated Services for the laudable gesture aimed at advancing teaching and learning of science-related subjects, stressing that the centre will be effectively utilised for the training and retraining of teachers, as well as for efficient service delivery and performance.

Earlier in her address, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja also expressed her joy at the initiative and commended the SKLD Integrated Services for partnering with the State Government and keying into the vision of the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, noting that the laboratory is the first-of-its-kind in the country.

Mrs. Adelaja disclosed further that various training programmes will commence for teachers across the Six Education Districts at the Centre and variety of topics will be analysed and solutions proffered to enhance students’ interest in learning more of science subjects.

The Permanent Secretary, therefore, charged the teachers to translate their new learning into their respective classrooms, reiterating that the State Government will not relent in its efforts at providing a conducive environment for teaching and learning across all schools.

Handing over the newly established training centre for commissioning, the Managing Director, SKLD Integrated Services Limited, Mrs. Temilola Adepetun stated that the laboratory was made possible through various efforts by the company in partnership with the State Government and CASIO, adding that the initiative is a reality today due to the resources put together.

While revealing that SKLD has been in operation for the past 20 years, Adepetun stressed that CASIO’s commitment to training and capacity development aligns with the strategic value for positioning the Education sector in Nigeria.

She said: “Our company launched the training series in 2019 when it hosted the Mathematics Teacher’s Training event where over 100 Teachers were trained by seasoned facilitators”.

“Overall, we aim to train about 3,000 teachers over the next two years. The launch of the CASIO maths laboratory today marks the beginning of regular teacher’s training here at the Education Resource Centre”, the Managing Director stated.

She also remarked that SKLD partnership with CASIO is committed to initiatives geared towards supporting and empowering Nigerian students and teachers because the company has been able to design scientific calculators capable of solving more complex maths problems and improving learning outcomes for everyone.

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