The Young Elites Educational and Training Services (YEETS) in collaboration with Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), has announced that it is launching a Professional Development (PD) Programme in Computer Science, supported by Google For Education in the 2019 cycle of Educator Grants at TASUED, Ijebu Ode in a bid to help drive and improve the teaching of Computer Science in Nigeria.
YEETS says the launch of the PD program is part of its mandate to support Nigeria’s technological development through Educational Development.
“We believe that the PD program will provide a platform for pre-service teachers, school administrators, policymakers, government, and educational professionals to revitalize their interest in teaching Computer Science at the secondary education level in Nigeria”, says Mr. Bakare Hafiz, Administrative Manager at YEETS.
The PD program will kick off on Thursday 12th September, 2019 at TASUED and will address five core concepts (Algorithm and Programming, Data and Analysis, Computation Problems and Artifacts, Computer Interaction and Recursion, and Computer Simulation and Decomposition) in computer science and ensure attendees are adequately equipped to deliver training that is equal to global teaching standards.
Improving the quality of computer science education will increase the computer knowledge of the average Nigerian and increase the number of people equipped to educate others on the subject.
Key professional computer science educators have been invited to deliver best practices at the PD workshop, which will focus on the five core concepts the program will be addressing.
Mr. Hafiz said that YEETS would provide digital experience, powerpoint presentations, video presentations, syndicate sessions, and interactive sessions. He also stated that improving the teaching-learning experiences in public secondary schools by leveraging computer science education is a priority.
Mr. Hafiz further disclosed that YEETS is an EdTech company with visibility in taking 1,000 pre-service teachers through the program.
“We appreciate the support of the Google For Education team in creating an enabling as well as a sustainable community of practice at Tai Solarin University of Education and in assisting us to organize the first edition of the PD program for pre-service teachers in Ogun State. Stakeholders’ engagement and private sector participation are critical factors to these endeavours”, he noted.
He concluded by adding that YEETS intended to improve the standard of computer science education in Nigeria and Africa at large to meet up with global standards in the field.