The Skill ‘G’ Add-Ons (SKAD) Training program, in collaboration with TETFund, continues to make significant strides in enhancing the academic and technological landscape within Nigerian tertiary institutions. In its latest iteration, the 9th Cohort of SKAD, beginning on October 9th, 2023, saw lecturers and technologists from public tertiary institutions across Nigeria converging to participate in this transformative initiative.
SKAD: Strengthening Technical Capacities
SKAD, an initiative jointly developed by TETFund and Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited, aims to empower lecturers and technologists in Nigerian tertiary institutions to effectively utilize and maintain equipment provided to their institutions by TETFund. This training program is structured to cater to two distinct groups: Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for participants from Polytechnics (comprising the first 7 batches) and Science Education Training (SET) for participants from universities (comprising a total of 13 batches). Both training streams further break down into four specialized tracks: Autotronics, Mechatronics, Electronics, and Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning (RAC).
SKAD 9: A Glance at the Opening Event
The opening event for SKAD’s 9th Cohort, held on October 9, 2023, was a momentous occasion. Engr. Chijioke Okolie Sampson, the Project Manager of Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited, presided over the event. The proceedings began with the rendition of the national anthem and the recital of the national pledge.
The event’s moderator provided a warm welcome to the participants and offered a brief overview of Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited, highlighting previous training initiatives undertaken by Skill ‘G’ Group. Furthermore, the moderator provided a comprehensive introduction to SKAD, emphasizing the critical role played by TETFund, under the leadership of Executive Secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono, in initiating this groundbreaking program.
SKAD 9: Participants and Institutions
SKAD 9 saw the participation of 32 individuals, carefully selected from universities primarily located in the South-South and South-Western geopolitical zones of Nigeria. These esteemed institutions included:
1. Ignatius Ajulu University of Education, Port Harcourt
2. University Of Port Harcourt
3. Cross River State University of Science & Technology
4. University Of Calabar
5. Rivers State University of Science & Technology
6. Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma
7. University Of Benin
8. University Of Ibadan
Each participant introduced themselves, highlighted their respective institutions, shared their areas of expertise, and specified the SKAD track they were enrolled in.
The event also featured the introduction of expert trainers, each representing a specialized SKAD track. These experts provided participants with an overview of their respective tracks, setting the stage for the rigorous training ahead.
Recognizing Transformative Impact
The SKAD initiative has consistently demonstrated its transformative potential with each passing cohort. Professor Ernest Asikong from the Directorate of SET Projects at the University of Calabar, impressed by the initiative’s impact, visited Skill ‘G’ Nigeria Limited to gain insights into its activities. He commended Skill ‘G’ for the privilege of addressing the participants and expressed his admiration after an extensive tour of the facilities.
Shaping the Future of Technical Education
SKAD is playing a pivotal role in securing the future of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Science Education Training (SET) within Nigerian educational institutions. The program holds the promise of fostering technical proficiency among lecturers and students, ultimately strengthening the educational ecosystem.
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