The Korea Model School a cutting edge secondary school model being developed in partnership with the FCT Administration would soon commence operation in Abuja.
The FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave this indication while declaring open a 21-day Third Level Workshop ICT-based model education for teachers of the Nigeria/Korea Model School in Abuja today, July 21, 2017.
Said the Minister, “education was the key that translated the Korean economy from the ashes of civil war to an economic giant.” He expressed hope that this collaboration would replicate that development in Nigeria
The FCT Minister thanked the government and people of Korea for their kind partnership with the FCT Administration and indeed Nigeria towards restoring the fortunes of the Nigerian educational system to its glorious past.
The Minister charged teachers benefitting from the training to live up to the expectation of government by leveraging their experience to set standards that would uplift the quality of education to greater heights.
In his words, “after the environment and quality of instructional materials, another most important determinant of quality of education is the teaching faculty.” He therefore espoused the need for internal motivation among the teachers, without which whatever is done would not yield the needed result.
Malam Bello, therefore, implored the resource persons to also lay some emphasis on these values in the course of the five-week presentations.
In his address at the occasion, the Ambassador of Korea to Nigeria, HE Noh Kyu-duk expressed hope that Nigeria would become the number one economy in Africa from what he had seen since his arrival in Nigeria three years ago.
He recalled that 15 teachers had also been trained in Korea towards this purpose noting that “Korea’s economic and social miracles could not have been achieved without dedicated teachers.”
Unfolding the plan for the school, the Country Director of KOICA, Mrs. Sook Hyun Park revealed that the project comprised four major components namely architectural design and 24 classroom blocks - for primary school and 15 classrooms of junior secondary.
Part two entails the provision of equipment and materials necessary for the project, the third is the dispatch of Korean experts to Nigeria to conduct managerial activities and technical advice. The last, she indicated is where the project is at currently, involves capacity development programmes in Korea and Nigeria, essentially the training of teachers principals and stakeholders.
In her address of welcome, the Acting Secretary, Department of Education, Mrs. Justina Maimagani revealed that beside the teachers for the model Nigeria/Korea School, KOICA has also graciously accepted to train 150 teachers from various schools across the FCT on ICT based instruction delivery.
Mrs. Maimagani charged the benefitting teachers to see themselves as privileged and to make judicious use of the opportunity while underscoring the commitment of the Education Secretariat to continue to work assiduously to see to the successful take off of the school.
It could be recalled that the model school system was made possible by a grant of $15 Million from the government of Korea. FCT Administration also has undertaken to build the senior secondary school phase upon the completion of the basic education phase.
Chief Press Secretary