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The executive chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Ven. Fyneface Akah expressed hope that the record of Nigeria’s Rivers State being the most improved in terms of literacy ahead of other states would continue to be maintained.
Akah said this while declaring open the four-day Best Education for All (BESDA) Mentor Training being held in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State.
Represented by the Director of Administration/Supplies and Head of Public Relations, Barrister Karibi George, the President described literacy as listening, reading and writing, emphasizing that literacy was a kind of dynamism that oils social interaction.
He noted that the more a man was able to express himself, the easier it was for him to relate to other people, pointing out that most people who fight with their fists were the ones who had trouble s ‘to express.
While thanking the federal government for having found it helpful to get back to basics when it comes to introducing children to literacy through the Jolly Phonics method, the President said that the Jolly Phonics life actors presented board by the Universal Learning Solutions Initiative (ULSI) have the capacity for multimedia activities.
He noted that the life player also took into consideration the special circumstances, especially with regard to electricity and energy, adding that “therefore, no one can make an excuse that his life player does not ‘has no battery because you can manually charge the battery’.
He therefore instructed the mentors and teacher leaders who were chosen as pilots for the program not only to use the player of life well, but also to demonstrate it, and also to teach others, emphasizing that to whom one give a lot, expect a lot.
Earlier in her welcome address, Director of Teacher Development and Senior Director of BESDA Outcome Area 2, Stella Pepple, said that the essence of the training was to equip children with literacy skills.
She said the program was not just about training mentors and master teachers, but about making sure they listened to what they were thinking, as the exercise was child-centred, and revealed that They had completed the primary three literacy training using the Jolly Phonics method.
In his goodwill message, BESDA Consultant of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Rivers State, Dr. Pius Osagie, congratulated the participants for their large turnout and said that the second cohort would build on their previous experience, urging teachers to provide quality service as their role was critical at the basic education level.
Also speaking, the South-South Coordinator, Universal Learning Solutions Initiatives, Mr. Tony Horsfall credited Akah for supporting virtually every great idea that was sold to him and earning him a high rating.
Some of the mentors and master trainers interviewed described the program as a welcome development.
Meanwhile, the teacher leaders, in their remarks of appreciation through Mrs. Beatrice Dikkio, also thanked the President for all his support.
The highlight of the ceremony included a short demonstration of the joyous players as well as a presentation of the life players to the president.

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