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Teaching Is Not A Lost Art

By Odeyemi Afis Olawale, Reporting From (Unilorin)
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In other to field-test what they have been trained to do over the years, young minds who have strictly undergone permanent observable trait in the art of teaching were recently sent out to impact values of education to the environment they have come from. Report Odeyemi Afis Olawale (300-Level History) University of Ilorin.

The axiom which says; Education is what survives when all that has been learned have been forgotten, was again exemplified at the University of Ilorin, as student-teachers in their penultimate year of study at the college were recently churned out in their numbers to the institution immediate environment as indication of their mastery in the art of teaching.

It is universal; Education is a process through which every individual develops knowledge, skills and attitude of positive values to the environment in which he finds himself. For this, student-teachers were all converged at the institution auditorium hall for an orientation program to mark the commencement of the twelve weeks course compulsory to all trainees of the Faculty of Education in their penultimate year of study. The occasion attracted to the college professional bodies, academics, trainees and observers in the teaching profession, while it has its guest speaker, distinguished educationist, in the person of Professor Mrs. Olasehinde Williams.

The renowned scholar of Education Psychology in her august lecture at the occasion took the trainees through an all round interactive session, as she devised all forms of teaching reinforcement techniques to drive home her points. In her address, Professor Mrs. Olasehinde maintained that Education must be holistic. She reiterated this at the occasion of the orientation exercise, noting that, if Education must attain its maximum potential, it must furnish the learner with the right proportion of knowledge, valuable skills and improved attitudes for proper readjustment and general adaptation to his society.

Learning she said, must involve an embodiment of three parts of the human body. Using the Waldorf theory of Educating the whole child as her reference point, Professor Mrs. Williams has said: “Meaningful learning will take place only when the Head, Hand and Heart is involved in the bit by bit learning process, in other to stimulate the learning interest of the learner”. She employed also, the use of audio-visual teaching aid in form of slides to exemplify her lecture to the audience.

Meanwhile, a group at the occasion, the 21st Century Pedagogy group, founded by a couple of students of the Faculty of Education of the university has urged trainee-teachers of the Faculty to embrace teaching as a profession and as their contribution to National Development. The group decries the influx of untrained teachers in the country, which she attributed to disinclination of Education graduates to teach, but instead opt for other professions.

Therefore, as part of its efforts to encourage would-be teachers of the prestigious Faculty, the group has honored outstanding students from the last session teaching practice exercise, which saw Falusi Fisayo Samuel of the Department of Arts Education awarded as overall best trainee-teacher of the year.

Speaking to campus correspondent, the general coordinator of the group, Comrade Akorede Patrick Oluwafemi disclosed that other programs of equal benefit aimed at dignifying the teaching profession is underway.

Also speaking at the occasion, a student who equally is a member of the group, who gave his name as Sanni, lauded the lecture delivered by the guest speaker as interactive, inspiring and philosophical. "Professor Olasehinde has just made the task of a twelve weeks compulsory course much easier", he added.

Chairing the occasion was the Vice-chancellor of the University, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali (OON), represented by his deputy Vice-chancellor Academics, Professor Mrs. NYS Ijaya who urged the trainees to engage peacefully and dutifully at their respective post of assignment, noting that schools were usually eager to receive products of the University of Ilorin wherever they go.

Speaking also at the occasion, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Alfred Adegoke reinstated the importance of the exercise to the participants which he described as most important phase of their professional training. In his words, "By now you would have had a few years of preliminary training in this university. In other words, you have to bring everything learnt into bearing. When you live this university, you will be judged according to your performance on this job and not just your certificate qualification.

Therefore, you are the image of this university when you live and whatever you do out there will come back to the university one way or the other." The Professor of Counselor Education thereby tasked the trainees to serve not only their own interest, but also the interest of the profession they have dedicated ample years and resources to acquire.

The exercise as anchored by the teaching practice coordinator, Dr. Olubode Charles Olumorin of the Department of Educational Technology also has in attendant, Professor A. A Talabi, Head of Dept. Counselor Education, Dr. L. A Yahaya, Sub-Dean Students Affairs Unit, Dr. A. Yusuf, Dr. Mrs. Ajadi, Dr. Mrs. Yusuf, Dr. M.I Oniye, Dr. U.A Ajidagba, Dr. I.O Amali, Dr. Mrs. Bello, all of the Faculty of Education, among others.