Wife of the State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa disclosed this during the opening ceremony of National Conference of the Directorate of Professional Diploma in Education held at the Federal College of Education, Technical, Asaba.
Dame Edith who was represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Engr. (Mrs.) Ebierin Otuaro, noted that recently the State Government had the First Education Summit, with a focus on Modern Qualitative and Functional Methodologies that will provide answers to problems facing education in the 21st century.
She observed that teachers are fountains of experiences and as such their lessons should not only be on subject matter but lessons about life and called on them to lead by example. She averred that when teachers put in their best the society would move forward positively.
According to her, ‘Education is believed to be the bedrock of the society and the strength of any nation’, it is the cornerstone for meaningful and sustainable development as well as a tool for societal transformation recognized as a catalyst for achieving socio-economic and scientific development.
In his address, the Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education, Engr. Jude Sinebe, expressed the need to redirect attention toward discovering and adopting more effective and innovative teaching methods that would promote the development of positive attitude towards the learning of the various subjects.
Presenting the keynote address, Professor Emeritus, Pai Obanya of the Institute of Education of Ibadan, said that the essence of education is to bring about adaptation to change in society and as such it could be formal or informal.
Prof. Obanya noted that learning starts from conception and enjoined teachers to always go to the level of learners in order to achieve desired results.