The Federal Government has commenced training of over 200 head teachers of primary and junior secondary schools across the six geo-political zones of the federation on academic leadership.
The training aims at equipping head teachers and school administrators towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal number 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Speaking at the training in Abuja organized by the National Teachers Institute (NTI) Kaduna, the Director-General of NTI, Professor Garba Dahuwa Azare, said they were; exploiting new areas in the training to include digital literacy and academic leadership.
He said while ICT was; generally regarded as a tool for a complete overhaul of teaching; and learning transaction in the school set up, it could not be; relied on to achieve the much needed transformation without functional leadership.
According to him, the training is to develop the head teachers on how to promote school and community relationship to achieve improved students performance as well as on management process among others.
In his remark, the Director of Axiom Learning Solutions Limited, the firm that is managing the training, Mr Ani Charles Bassey-Eyo said the training is not just about building competency of academic leadership but about ensuring that every child in every school does not leave school with nothing, saying, they should learn something either academic, sports or music or any skill.
While emphasizing the importance of digital literacy, Bassey-Eyo urged the head teachers to look out for data and know what record they need to keep as head teachers.
“Information gathered is not for you it is; for building a crop of future academic leaders among school children,” he said.
Also from the office of SDGs, Mrs Ify Okegbu said the training is; the most effective way of empowering the teachers with new management skills to achieve the SDG 4.
While urging them not to undermine the importance of data, she said head teachers should be; exposed to new management programme through training and retraining.
However six teachers were; selected in each state and two from the Federal capital territory (FCT.) with selected training centres of Abuja; Akure, Bauchi, Benin City, Enugu, and Kano.