From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
In its bid to boost quality health education in Nigeria, the National Teachers’ Institute, on Wednesday commenced the training of school teachers in the North Central Zone on Moral HIV/AIDS Awareness in line with the Sustainable Development Goals holding in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
Our Correspondent in Lokoja reports that the participants at the workshop were head teachers, health educators, guidance and counsellors, Islamic and Christian religious teachers in basic education from the six North-Central states including the Federal Capital Territory.
The NTI Director-General, Prof. Garba Azare, at the inaguration of the training in Lokoja said that the moral HIV/AIDS component of the SDGs workshop was equally important due to its intended benefits of ensuring good health and healthy living in schools.
“It is only healthy children and teachers that can aim to achieve the much needed socio-economic physical and mental capabilities.
Azare said: “We urge that the workshop be given its desired attention and importance in order to rally support from key education stakeholders for the programme.”
Azare, who was represented by the Registrar of the institute, Mohammed Usman, assured the federal government of the institute’s readiness to work closely with them to achieve the set agenda for improved quality education in the country.
The Chairman, NTI Governing Council, Malam Kaka Yale, said the moral component was especially relevant considering the role it could play in creating awareness of HIV/AIDS scourge and marshalling out strategies of combating its prevalence in the society.
According to Yale, the target audience which is basically teachers that are rooted in religious education and guidance and counselling, are expected to propagate the message in their respective schools.
Represented by Jonathan Mbaaka, Director, Physical Planning, Federal Ministry of Education, Yale enjoined all the participants to pay attention during the workshop that would help to make the necessary impact at basic level.
Also, Rosemary Osikoya, the Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, urged the participants to cascade the knowledge in various states.
She said that the state government had trained teachers and school managers on curriculum and quality assurance, as steps taken to restore standard and quality education in schools across the state.