The Skill ‘G’ Add-Ons (SKAD) capacity-building training has emerged as a transformative force in Nigeria’s technical education landscape. In this edition, SKAD has shifted its focus from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET), targeting lecturers and technologists from government-owned universities across Nigeria.
SKAD 8: Shaping the Future of S.E.T Education in Nigeria
The primary objective of SKAD is to enhance the capabilities of participants in utilizing and maintaining the equipment provided to their institutions by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), with a particular emphasis on the various components that make up these valuable add-ons. This edition of SKAD is tailored for 32 lecturers and technologists hailing from universities in the North Central and North Western geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The participating institutions include:
University of Jos
Plateau State University, Bokkos
Benue State University
Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi
National Open University, Abuja
Kaduna State University
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Nigerian Defence Academy
The training program covers four key tracks: Autotronics, Mechatronics, Electronics, and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (RAC).
The Opening Event
The opening event of SKAD 8 was a momentous occasion, presided over by Engr. Chijioke Okolie Sampson, the moderator and project manager of Skill ‘G’ group. The event commenced with the singing of the national anthem and the recitation of the pledge, setting a patriotic tone for the proceedings. Engr. Sampson provided an insightful overview of SKAD, acknowledging its primary sponsor, TETFund, led by Arc. Sonny Echono.
One of the highlights of the event was when each of the 32 participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves, their respective institutions, and the specific SKAD track they had chosen to pursue.
Exploring SKAD Tracks
Engr. Kalu Olua, representing the Autotronics track, offered insights into the scope and significance of the training program in this domain. Engr. Osmond Ugwuanyi took the stage to represent Mechatronics and explained the objectives of SKAD in this field, underlining its importance for the participants. Engr. Daniel Eneh spoke on behalf of the Electronics track, providing a comprehensive overview of the intensive 5-day training, shedding light on its potential impact. Engr. Polycarp, representing RAC, introduced the participants to a world of add-ons embedded in Refrigeration and Electronics, offering valuable insights into the track.
SKAD 8: A Transformative Journey
SKAD, through its capacity-building training, is on a mission to revolutionize the landscape of Science and Engineering technology. This initiative is set to generate a ripple effect that will transform the technical proficiencies and learning experiences of students within the educational system for years to come.
The SKAD program is not just shaping the present but also building a brighter future for technical education in Nigeria. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting journey of transformation and innovation.
The TETFund Skill ‘G’ Add-Ons (SKAD) capacity-building training began its 10th cohort on 16th October, 2023.
This edition features the training of 32 lecturers and technologists from various universities across South-Eastern Nigeria in the area of Science Education Technology (SET) with respect to fields of Autotronics, Mechatronics, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning (RAC), and Electronics.
The TETFund Skill ‘G’ add-ons (SKAD) training program celebrated the successful conclusion of its 8th batch today.
SKAD 8 focused on equipping 32 lecturers and technologists from TETFund-sponsored universities across Nigeria with the skills necessary for the operation and maintenance of equipment provided to their institutions by TETFund. The primary emphasis was on Science Education and Training (SET).
The 7th edition of TETFund Skill ‘G’ Add-Ons (SKAD) program begins today.
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