The World Bank and the Taraba Government has commenced training for 1,800 Basic Education Teachers on how to handle the needs of school children in communities affected by crises.
The training holding simultaneously in Gembu, Bali and Wukari, the headquarters of the three senatorial districts in the state, began on Tuesday and will end on Friday.
The theme of the training is “Psycho-social Support and Pedagogy for Basic Education Teachers in Conflict and Crisis Environments’’ and is organised by Taraba Education Programmme Investment Project with the World Bank.
Declaring the workshop open in Wukari, Gov. Darius Ishaku, represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mr Samson Ada, urged the participants to take the programme serious to take education development in Taraba to the next level.
Ishaku said the World Bank Assisted programme was in line with his administration’s rescue agenda which had started yielding results in so many sectors.
According to him, the state government’s investment in educational, especially the payment of counterpart funds for the State Education programme Investment Project assisted by the World Bank would be useless if teachers fail to take the programme serious.
He pledged his administration’s commitment to the peace and development of the state.
Earlier, the State Education Management Information System Officer, Mr Job Julius, said the programme was aimed at helping teachers to cope with traumatised children and how to get such children bounce back to their normal lives.
He informed the participants that experts had been carefully selected to teach them basic of psychosocial support, healing and pedagogy for victims of trauma in public primary schools.
On his part, the representative of Summit Management Development Services, the consultant handling the training, Mr Olaoye Oyewole, said his company was poised to give its best to the teachers.
He urged 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 which will translate in the way you handle the traumatised children.
“The essence is that if traumatised 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 organisers for the training.
Mustapha said the training would go a long way in helping the teachers improve their teaching methods and adopt strategies in handling children with special needs.