Lagos Govt to implement Values-Based Education in schools

Lagos State government may adopt the Values Based Education (VBE) system in its schools. Already, 24 schools have been selected for the pilot scheme, which begins next session.

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) Foundation for Value Transformation is pushing for the adoption of the system. Its Executive Director Segun Caulcrick said at the end of a three-day training of 24 head teachers on VBE who were selected from 12 schools that the NGO was working with the state government in partnership with International Values Education Trust (IVET)based in the United Kingdom (UK)to make the system a success.

He said the teachers were expected to practice what they had learnt on resumption for three weeks, after which they would be assessed. He emphasised the need for a value-driven education system in the country. He listed the top 10 values to include excellence, care, respect and cleanliness and that values impact on results which leads to good performance.

Caulcrick said the teachers were being used because they mould lives, adding that character is the leading trait which impact on the society.

A participant Oyebola Habeeb of Aiyetoro Senior Grammar School, Ebute Metta said: ‘’I have just come to realise that if our education system had been value-driven, our society would have been better than this. In Nigeria, we have a lot of educated people, yet corruption abound.

“This means, those who went to school did not imbibe the right values. But the schools can’t do it alone without the government’s support. Imagine a class of 120 pupils. How can the system be effective? I appeal to the government to liaise with the NGO to adopt VBE not only in Lagos but also nationwide.”

IVET’s anchorperson Patricia Beechey, said the senior teachers had been trained on the use of modules to teach VBE, The Nation reports.

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