Owerri - The wife of the Imo Governor, Mrs Nkechi Okorocha, on Monday flagged off a free computer training programme for teachers in Imo.
The training tagged “Free Computer Training Programme for Teachers in Imo State”, was organised by the State’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in collaboration with Systematics B/Technologies Ltd. in Owerri.
Okorocha said the training was part of the State Government’s policy of ensuring quality education for children as well as part of the governor’s mentorship programme for the development of the state.
The governor’s wife, who described the teachers as diligent and hard working, commended the management of Systematcis for complementing government’s effort by donating laptops and for volunteering to train the teachers.
“By providing the laptops, you have made the work of the teachers easy. You will make them more knowledgeable which will translate to our children for better performance,” she said.
The Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Dr Uche Ejiogu, explained that the programme was aimed at creating a paradigm shift in literacy instruction in the state's education sector.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) quotes Ejiogu as saying that the SUBEB Board decided to partner with the company to complement government’s input towards realising a functional educational system in the state.
"The training Systematic-B Technologies will give to the teachers, will help them to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity and performance.
"It will enable the teachers to broaden the horizons of their classrooms to include the surrounding community as well as the global network," she said.
Ejiogu noted that the computer literacy background of the teachers would also arm them to impact sound knowledge to pupils who would graduate from schools.
"Systematic-B/Technology deemed it worthwhile to translate the governor’s philosophy of mentoring into practice by partnering with Imo SUBEB to realise the objective of computer literacy of primarily school teachers," she said.
Mr Ibezimuako Okafor, Chairman of Systematics-B Technologies, pointed out that the gesture was to answer Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s clarion call to Imo indigenes and corporate organisations to contribute to the development of education in the state.
"In this present millennium, all learning has gone digital and computer education for Imo State workforce is necessary for us to join the rest of the world on the information technology superhighway.
"We believe that a well-informed teacher can impact knowledge better than a computer novice," he said.
Okafor, who encouraged the teachers to acquire what he called the “Rescue Me” laptops to download educational materials, said the training would extend to all the Local Government headquarters in the state.
Mr Peterson Obineche, Acting Education Secretary, Owerri Municipality, who received the computers on behalf of the teachers, thanked the State Government and the company for their efforts at empowering teachers.
He pledged teachers’ commitment to the training and to their teaching profession.