EMERITUS PROFESSOR ADVOCATES RE-LECTURIZING IN INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING AS AE-FUNAI INAUGURATES NEW CENTRE FOR ENHANCEMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
PAI Obanya, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, who was guest speaker at the inauguration of the new Centre for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETeL) at the main auditorium of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State, on Thursday, September 26th, 2019, advocated the option of RE-Lecturizing, to meet the education needs of the younger generation, in our universities.
Recall that Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, announced to the audience, at the convocation lecture in December, 2018, when Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare Zimbabwe, spoke on the theme, Fulfilling Education’s Promise in Africa: The Role of the University, that the university will establish a Centre For Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in AE- FUNAI, to deal with the challenges concerning university education in Africa, as raised in the lecture.
In his remarks at the inauguration of CETeL and orientation programme, Prof. Nwajiuba stated that the important thing seems to be that, for effective teaching and learning to be properly driven in our institutions, there is need for implementation of a common concept in economics called effective demand, which is not just want but ability to pay. He added that level of demand represent the students with real intention to acquire knowledge, and willingness of the teachers to do the work for which they are listed and transfer such knowledge to the students is effective supply. He further maintained that NUC expects us to have a number of Professors, who are able to provide academic leadership in teaching, research, community service and enabling younger academics to learn from them in a deliberate system of mentoring.
Nwajiuba reiterated that the Centre’s activities must not be limited to our university, staff and students but rather seek opportunities to interface with the State Government, of Ebonyi, which incidentally is the only state in the Southeast listed as educationally disadvantaged stressing that fortunately, AE-FUNAI has been handed over the drivers’ seat on education in Ebonyi state, with two of her staff, Dr. Onyebuchi Chima as Commissioner for Education and Dr. Mrs Chinyere Elom as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Education. He appealed to them to be good ambassadors and not disappoint the university, while commending His Excellency, Governor David Umahi, an educated man, who many consider the best Governor, for giving him such privilege.
Prof. Nwajiuba joyfully welcomed the guest speaker, a world class Emeritus Professor, Pius Augustine Ike (PAI) Obanya, who came all the way from Ibadan to lecture us. He thanked CETeL for organizing the event, and thereafter, declared the Centre open
Dr. (Mrs) Chinyere Nwajiuba, Ag. Director CETeL, in her opening speech, thanked the Vice-Chancellor and other management staff, for making the day a reality. She stated that the choice of the topic” Re-lecturing the lecture” for the orientation, is in response to the need, reflected on what and how students are taught in AE-FUNAI. She stressed that there is need to adequately prepare the students for the labour market and as well give them value for the fees they pay.
Dr. Nwajiuba maintained that knowledge is power but most powerful when applied and properly transferred. Our students are leaders of tomorrow and as such should be taught properly to be able to reflect what they have learnt, write it, relate it to past experiences and apply it to their daily lives. She stressed that CETeL is established by the university with the mandate to promote innovative and inspiring approaches to enhance teaching and learning across faculties, for new and experienced staff in AE-FUNAI, as well as to impact latest advances in pedagogy and creating positive transformative learning experiences for students and diffusion of effective academic practice throughout the university, through workshops and professional development programmes.
The Ag. Director, appealed for Partnership/Collaboration with Ministry of Education, Ebonyi State and, appreciated the relationship with International institutions including the University of Kent, UK and the University of Galve, Sweden. She encouraged university staff to give maximum cooperation, as the Centre delivers on her mandate.
Dr. Onyebuchi Chima, Commissioner for Education, Ebonyi state, and former Ag. Director, Centre for Human Resources Development (CHRD), AE-FUNAI, thanked the Vice-Chancellor and Ag. Director CETeL, for making the event a remarkable one, adding that he is captivated by what is happening in AE-FUNAI. He assured the Centre that Ebonyi State Ministry of Education, will partner it, assuring the support of His Excellency, Engr. David Umahi, Executive Governor, Ebonyi State, who is seriously fighting to end the state being labelled educationally disadvantaged.
Dr. Chima maintained that the state government will collaborate with CETeL to help in training school children, so the children will be able to properly read and write, while appealing to the faculty of Education to allow Teaching Practice students teach in the state Primary schools.
Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Ezeanyim, Chairperson, Secondary Education Board, Ebonyi State, thanked the university management and Ag. Director, CETeL for organizing such programme and assured the board’s willingness for collaboration and Partnership.
Emeritus Professor PAI Obanya, who delivered a laudable lecture on the topic for the orientation, stressed that RE-Lecturizing sees the relationship between Teacher and Student less from the angle of telling and more from that of guiding. He stated that teachers do transform lives in divers ways and in a highly sustainable manner and that Re-lecturizing helps to enliven the students and create avenues for making them employable in the labour market.
Prof. Obanya iterated that Re-lecturizing has become imperative in higher education pedagogy for reasons related to peculiarity of today’s tertiary-level students. He stated that children of today are not children of yesterday, as the world is completely internet-driven, adding that as the world is globalizing, teachers on the other hand should follow the trend of the digital space. ’’ It is what you know that you will deliver’’, he said. Obanya further emphasized that teachers should harness the potentials of ICT, which according to him is the greatest magic of the digital age, for effective teaching, sourcing materials on a variety of subjects and topics, getting acquainted with teaching methods and materials used in far off places, making lectures come alive through power point led presentations and many other modern strategies.
Professor Chukwunonso Ejike, Director Academic Planning (DAP), in his vote of thanks, commended the guest speaker, Emeritus Prof. PAI Obanya for honouring the invitation and his masters piece delivery on the subject matter. He also thanked the university management under the watch of our action Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, for making resources available for the success of the event.
Highlight of the event was special presentation of AE-FUNAI made Akwete cloths to the guest speaker by the Vice-Chancellor.