At least 246 head teachers, drawn from the 36 states and FCT, have been sensitised to acquire more knowledge on inculcating into their students, morals, dangers, prevention and eradication of HIV/AIDs as well as other associated cultural issues.
The teachers, six each from the 36 states and the FCT, in addition to 24 other special cases, were sensitised under an initiative by the National Teachers Institute (NTI), in collaboration with Faith-based Hiv/Aids awareness Initiative and supported by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the initiative, Gov Aminu Masari of Katsina State, called on the management of the NTI to organise more workshops in the area of drugs, violence in schools, cultism and examination malpractices.
Masari, who was represented by his Commissioner of Education, Dr Badamasi Lawal Charanchi said the choice of Katsina as the venue for the workshop was, not a misplaced priority, as it matches the administration’s commitment for the provision of quality education and functional health care services.
Prof. Garba Azare, the Director-General and Chief Executive of the NTI, said the institution has a pool of human and material resources ready to organise any training for the Nigerian teachers.
“This is especially possible against the backdrop of the fact that we have long years of experience behind us, in addition to the long-standing relationship we have established with our co-operating universities and colleges of education around the country,” Azare said.
Also speaking, Mr Folorunsho Oloruntunde, the Consultant to the Faith-based Hiv/Aids awareness Initiative, said the goal of the workshop is to increase the knowledge of participating teachers on disseminating Hiv/Aids lessons from a moral perspective and the associated cultural issues.
Meanwhile, representative of the Senior Special Assistant to the president on SDGs, Dr Ifeyinwa Nnamchi Ukaegbu who appreciated the federal ministry of education and the minister on their commitment towards health education also congratulated the NTI for improving the capacity of teachers to meet up with the global standard.