UNESCO-NIGERIA TVE REVITALIZATION PROJECT
On 15th December, 2000, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Federal Government of Nigeria signed a Project Document and Plan of Action for the “Support for Revitalizing Technical and Vocational Education in Nigeria – Phase 1”.
The objectives of the first phase of the project, is to support the Federal and State Education authorities in their efforts to revitalize reform and expand Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) to meet the needs for rapid socio-economic development of the nation. The main aspect of TVE to be dealt with are:-
- The need to train and upgrade the skills and competence of the existing technical teaching staff in vocational and technical institutions.
- The need to revise and update the curricula for technical institutions.
- The need to introduce Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into vocational and technical education and training.
- The need to enhance capacity building for the radical reforms of TVE in Nigeria.
Following the agreement signed, UNESCO provides the project with technical expertise, advice and training materials such as textbooks and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment, while the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), (through its agencies namely the National Board for Technical Education and selected polytechnics) is responsible for the funding, staffing, provision of furnished office accommodation and training materials. The National Project Office (NPO) is located at NBTE Kaduna and has the Executive Secretary of NBTE as its National Project Coordinator, while Staff Development Centers (SDC) are established and situated in six selected Polytechnics situated one each in the six Geo-Political Zones. While the NPO’s are responsible for coordination, funding and supervision, training of TVE personnel is done in the SDC. Six lecturers from each of the host polytechnics have been trained as trainers and have been coordinating training activities in the SDCs. Three additional TVE personnel from each zone will be trained in October 2003 as trainers in TVE Guidance and Counselling.
The Federal Polytechnic Bauchi is the SDC for the North-East zone and host training activities for the zone. The administrative structure of the Center is as follows: The Centre is responsible to the FGN represented by the NPO, NBTE Kaduna, UNESCO and the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi. Activities at the Centre are governed and supervised by the Centre Management Committee (CMC) which is appointed annually by NBTE and has the Rector, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Dr. Shu’aibu Musa, as its Chairman. The Center has 14 staff: A Center Manager (Hajiya Fatima Shuaibu) who manages the center and from time to time, presents reports to the CMC and NPO; two core trainers and three associate trainers who assist the manager in planning, coordinating and executing all training activities, a part-time accountant, a part-time auditor, a part-time ICT specialist and five support staff (made up of a Secretary, Clerk, ICT Assistant, and a Driver). All of these staff was provided by the management of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi. The Federal Polytechnic Bauchi has been of tremendous support to the center in many other areas such as provision of the center with a furnished office accommodation, funding of training activities, fuelling of center vehicle, etc. we are ever grateful to the Polytechnic.
The North East SDC, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi has so far successfully conducted twenty-one workshops/courses. Eight of the workshops were conducted between April and November, 2002 on implementation of the Higher National Diploma (HND), National Diploma (ND), National Technical Certificate (NTC), and Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC) curricula which were revised by the project and NBTE between 2001 and 2002. Twelve workshops have been conducted between January and August 2003 for upgrading the skills and competence of technical personnel in their various professions and in ICT. The last training was an eight-week computer appreciation course which was organized between June and August, 2003.