BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has organised a training workshop for its STEAM teachers across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.
The workshop themed: “Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Education” is aimed at introducing an innovative and practical methodology for the teaching of STEAM in schools across the state.
The workshop was facilitated by the state Ministry of Science and Technology.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Okodugha Birgitta Eno, said that training the STEAM Teachers is part of efforts toward achieveing one of the key mandates of the ministry which is to build the capacity of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) teachers in the State for effective and efficient teaching and learning of science and technology in schools.
She said that science and technology is the hub of the world’s development and continuous advancement, hence, the workshop would be of immense benefit to the teachers and students alike.
She expressed optimism that at the end of the workshop, the STEAM teachers would have been better equipped with modern teaching skills in science and to so as to make better impact on the students.
She commended the collaboration with Engineers Without Borders Association who provided facilitators for the session for its selflessness in helping to promote the application of STI in order to improve the socio-economic growth of the state.
The workshop featured lectures on, Science Principles and Application, Engineering and Design thinking, Sustainable Development Goals and Creative confidence
In his remarks, the Director, Science, Technical and Vocational Education, Mr. Jonathan Ukpebor urged the STEAM teachers to assist in achieving the purposes of the training which focuses on encouraging children in their care to develop interest in science and technology.
He charged them to be creative and innovative in their teaching as theory is useless without practical and creative approach.