The Edo State College of Education in Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area, which was revamped by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration, is preparing to begin a new academic session.
The governor recently announced that the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has given approval for the establishment of the Edo State College of Education, with three campuses in Abudu, Igueben and Afuze, catering for the state’s three senatorial districts.
The Abudu campus is expected to serve as a Special Training Centre for teachers in the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EDOBEST) programme and open up new opportunities for development and capacity building in the state.
According to Governor Obaseki, “Each school is specializing in a specific aspect of teacher education. The one in Abudu will have a digital training centre to train primary school teachers, the school in Igueben will focus on Secondary school and science teachers while the one in Afuze will specialise in training teachers in Technical Education, Physical Education and Special Education.”
A visit by our correspondent to the Abudu campus showed that the administrative, departmental, hostels and staff buildings have been completed, while landscaping of the premises is almost complete.
A fully-equipped computer laboratory powered with solar energy has been completed and installed.
The Edo State College of Education will serve as a training ground for the Edo STAR Teaching Fellows program, which is being run through the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), the Ministry of Education and Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
The Edo STAR Teaching Fellows program, a unique 3-year Fellowship Program, is designed for teachers and aspiring teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools. It is aimed at training and grooming a new generation of school teachers who are passionate, technologically-savvy, transformative and societally conscious about nation-building through education.