Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
In a bid to promote functional technical and vocational education in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Education has facilitated a teachers’ exchange programme with the Czech government.
The collaboration was brokered at a bilateral meeting between Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, and Czech Republic Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Prof. Petr Fiala, at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Headquarters, Prague on Thursday.
Wike said that the exchange programme was necessary to assist Nigerian technical and vocational education teachers acquire functional skills to train quality middle level manpower for national technological development.
He said the federal government chose the Czech Republic as one of the countries to partner with in the quest to revive technical and vocational education because the programmes being implemented by the country can easily be replicated in Nigeria.
Wike said: “We are interested in collaborating with your country on the development of technical and vocational education because of the cost effective and practical programmes you run.
“We believe that the teacher exchange programme will also have a profound impact on our technical and vocational education sub-sector. With better trained and exposed teachers, the youths will have access to functional skills and be self-reliant.”
He also urged the Czech government to offer more scholarship to Nigerian students to study technological courses in the East European country. He called for cooperation between Nigerian universities and their Czech counterparts.
In his response, Minister of Education, Czech Republic, Prof. Fiala described the teacher exchange programme as a critical avenue of widening knowledge base and international cooperation in the technical and vocational education sub-sector.
He noted that the Czech government is happy to collaborate with Nigeria through the teacher exchange programme as it would afford teachers from both countries the opportunity to share best practices.
The Czech Education Minister stated that the details of the teacher exchange programme would be worked out by officials from both countries to ensure maximum output and success.