By Martin Iyonguvihi
Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), in partnership with Universal Learning Solution (LUS) has trained a total of 2, 625 primary school teachers and 50 other officials to specialise in literacy teaching practices.
The training, tagged ‘Teacher Professional Development Initiative’ is carried out across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Training Manager of ULS, Nicholas Ochojila, in a release signed by him and made available to The Voice, explained that the training took place in six training centres across the state and is aimed at training teachers in specialist literacy teaching practices called ‘Jolly Phonics’.
According to him, “the training will equip teachers with the expertise and tools required
to enable them to transform Primary 1, 2 and 3 pupils in government schools across the state.”
“Jolly Phonics is a fun and interactive teaching tool that uses the synthetic phonics literacy teaching methodology. Synthetic phonics is mandated or recommend by government around the world because of the way that is quickly provides children with the skills needed to read and write,” he stated.
Oshojila stated that the CEO of ULS, Mr Gray Foxcroft, is committed that “the jolly phonics literacy project in Benue state which is in its fifth year, would be sustained to provided fantastic opportunity for all Benue children to learn to read and write.” He insisted that the project will further help increase equity and equal opportunity for all children in the agrarian state.