Expert calls for new generation of teachers in Nigeria
Educational consultant, Akin Akinpelu called for a new generation of teachers who would champion the ethics of the profession in tandem with the latest developments of the 21st century.
Akinpelu said this at the launch of his book “The Seven Star Teacher”, which was held in Lagos yesterday.
He explained that a new generation of teachers would be equipped with the basics of a seven-star teacher which involves effective communication, leadership and vision.
The consultant added that collaboration, adaptation, learning and mentoring should not be left out in the desire of a 21st century teacher, either.
He noted that it is necessary to understand the learning style of each student and to communicate well with each of them, no matter how they assimilate.
“The Nigerian needs a new generation of teachers who demonstrate the virtues of being a teacher, fate-maker and nation-builder.
“Seven-star teachers would be able to equip themselves with the appropriate pedagogical skills in order to achieve the desired learning outcomes.
“A seven-star teacher must have effective communication, vision, learning, mentoring, leadership, collaboration and adaptation.
“It is necessary to understand the learning style of each student and to communicate well each of them, however they are assimilated.
“Visionary teachers are a necessity and they possess certain qualities such as; emotional intelligence, innovation, optimism, organization, courage, optimism and more, ”he said.
The dignitaries present at the event were the chairman of the event, Dr. Cosmas Maduka; Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Ms. Adefisayo Folashade; Chief Economist, PriceWaterCoopers (PWC), Dr Andrew Nevin; Popular motivational speaker Mr. Niyi Adesanya and a host of others.
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