ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 3|
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA THROUGH UNESCO/NOKIA PROJECT ON MOBILE PHONE TECHNOLOGIES: A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIA&RSQUO;S FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ABUJA
1-AMINU LADAN SHAREHU, 2-NPOM, FNIM
DIRECTOR GENERAL/CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NATIONAL TEACHERS&RSQUO; INSTITUTE, KADUNA,NIGERIA
Due to the advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), it is now possible to have an easy access to educational resources by community of users across the globe. These types of educational resources normally found through the internet and accessed by users for non commercial purposes are known as Open Educational Resources (OERs). The transformation of the world into a boundless territory where boundary and distance inhibitions have been collapsed by technology occasioned by Globalisation has made it imperative for teaching profession not to be left behind in the trend for ICT integration. This paper examined the imperatives of integrating ICT into the teacher training programmes with specific reference to mobile phone technology introduced by UNESCO/NOKIA in collaboration with NTI. This was done by making reference to statistical data obtained from surveys conducted in FCT Abuja Nigeria. It further made some recommendations towards a successful attainment of the desired objective.
Although the project pilot in Nigeria is restricted to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, it is hoped that the use of Mobile Technologies to improve teaching and learning generally can be extended to other Early Grade Schools in all the states of Nigeria. Furthermore, the use of Mobile Technologies will no doubt become the milestone that will support many of the challenges facing teachers in Nigeria.This good and noble project that has been confirmed beyond doubt by the teachers who participated in the project that the experience they had encouraged them to offer a wide range of teaching and learning activities. It stimulated and sustained their interest in the teaching job andmade learning process during the project more realistic.
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