The World Bank and Taraba State Government on Tuesday commenced the training of 2,460 Basic Education Teachers to meet the psychosocial needs of school children in communities affected by crises.
The training workshop with the theme; Support and Pedagogy for Basic Education Teachers in Conflict and Crisis Environments organized by the Taraba State Education Program Investment Project, with the support of the World Bank commenced on Tuesday in Gembu, Bali and Wukari.
The program which is scheduled to last a week would be concluded with the training of participants in Karim – Lamido and Jalingo centres.
Declaring the workshop open in one of the Centres in Wukari, Governor Darius Ishaku represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Samson Ada urged the participants to take the programme seriously to improve the educational standard of the State.
Gov. Ishaku said the World Bank Assisted programme was in line with his administration’s Rescue Agenda which he said was already yielding results in so many sectors.
According to him, the investment of the State Government in the educational sector, especially the payment of counterpart funds for the State Education programme Investment Project assisted by the World Bank would be useless if the teachers played less attention to the programme.
He pledged his administration’s commitment to the peace and development of the State and called on all to support the government to do more.
Earlier, Taraba State Education Management Information System Officer, Mr. Job Julius said the programme was aimed at helping teachers to cope with traumatized children and teaching them to assist such children to bounce back to normal lives.
He informed the participants that they had carefully selected experts to teach them in basics of psychosocial support, healing and pedagogy for victims of trauma in public primary schools.
On his part, the training consultant of Summit Management Development Services, Mr. Olaoye Oyewole said his company was poised to give their best and enjoined participants to take the programme seriously for the good of the State and the country.
“If you as teachers, take the training seriously, you will go home better informed that will translated in the way you handle the traumatise children”.
“The essence is that if traumatized children are well managed they will grow up as better citizens which will help in building a peaceful society and a strong economy for the country in the future,” he said.
One of the participants, Mr. Aboki Mustapha thanked the organizers of the workshop, saying it would go a long way to help basic education teachers advance their teaching methods and adopt strategies in handling children with special needs.