As part of efforts to improve teaching and administration in public schools, the Lagos State Government has introduced a Volunteer Mentorship Programme for public school teachers and administrators, informing that retired and experienced school principals, teachers and administrators will be engaged to serve as mentors to existing school personnel across the State.
Disclosing this during an interview conducted in her Office, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, revealed that the initiative is in line with Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s Education Transformation Plan to improve the capacity of school personnel, adding that the programme will create opportunities for stakeholders to support the government in mentoring the present and upcoming teachers/school administrators.
“The programme will enhance the productivity of our teachers and principals with a consequential improvement in the performances of pupils and students in the State,” she said.
Mrs. Adefisayo stressed that the volunteer mentorship programme is open to retired permanent secretaries, directors, principals and teachers of private and public institutions of learning, who through years of experience in the education sector can collaborate with the State Government to improve the education system in the State.
She opined that the selected mentors will engage their mentees on contemporary teaching methods, leverage feedback for improved performance and work with the school principals for effective and efficient management in their respective schools.
The Commissioner urged interested professionals to apply through the “Teachers Mentoring Corps Project” on the Lagos State Volunteer Corps website www.lsvc.ng or through a link on the State Government’s Portal www.lagosstate.gov.ng and social media handles of the Ministry @lasgeducation.
Adefisayo also affirmed that through the online process, qualified professionals will be shortlisted, briefed and provided handbooks for the designated assignment.
While maintaining that the programme will commence in June, she appealed to retired stakeholders in the education sector to see this as an opportunity to impact and contribute significantly to the growth of the education sector in Lagos State.