The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo who flagged off the training, stated that the programme became imperative as outlined in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administration in which the third pillar stands for Education and Technology.
According to her, the training programme would incorporate the integration of technology into education from the primary schools level, saying that "The aim of this training is to deliver on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's commitment to ensuring that every child has access to quality education anywhere in the State".
Adefisayo stated that the objective of ‘EKO EXCEL’ is to successfully develop skilled teachers, improve teachers’ quality while leveraging on technology, noting that as Lagos aspires to be a 21st Century economy and maintain its position as the leading economy in Africa, a critical investment in basic education is required to build the quality workforce needed for the future as well as ensuring access to quality education for all children in the State.
In his remarks, the Executive Chairman of Lagos State SUBEB, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King stated that the introduction of EKO EXCEL is to transform teaching and learning process in public primary schools, stressing that the initiative was with due consultation with critical stakeholders in the educational sector.
"This training programme is very crucial in enhancing and upscaling teachers’ learning and professional development. It will equip teachers with the needed resources to complement the traditional way of teaching and to keep pupils more engaged in classroom activities", he added.
Alawiye-King also reiterated that the training will afford teachers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the technology devices that would be deployed for teaching in public primary schools.
He, therefore, charged the teachers to pay rapt attention and seek necessary clarification in the course of the training as they are the key parameters in the success of the programme.
The Chairman appreciated the stakeholders and partners for their continuous support and investment in “Eko Excel”, stating that it "takes a whole village to raise a child".
He also promised that the Board will ensure that "no child is left behind" in accessing quality education in the State.
Eko Excel (Excellence in Child Education and Learning) is an education reform programme that is poised to developing more highly skilled teachers through training, supporting and motivating existing government teachers to succeed in their classrooms.
The programme is expected to train and retrain over 14,000 government teachers across the state using technology-driven devices.