15 December 2020 By Remi Johnson.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has inaugurated the FCT-UBEB Centre for Science, Technology and Innovative Training for capacity building in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and basic agricultural techniques.
The project which was rehabilitated, equipped and donated to FCT-UBEB by a private organization is aimed at improving the quality of Basic Education in the Federal Capital Territory.
Inaugurating the project at the Junior Secondary School, Hajj Camp Gwagwalada, the Minister noted that the project would help the Territory to catch up with global trends in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) Education.
Dr Aliyu commended the organization for the laudable initiative and for choosing the Federal Capital Territory as one of the States for the pilot project.
She further explained that the FCT-UBEB Science and Technology Resource Centre which was domiciled at the JSS Hajj Camp Gwagwalada was identified as appropriate for the pilot scheme.
“It is important to stress here that the Universal Basic Education Commission and the World Bank have been partnering on strategies to inject new ideas into Basic Education Science, Mathematics and Technology in order to strengthen functional education in schools.
In his remarks, the Chairman of FCT-UBEB, Dr. Kabir Matazu, said the organization had before now renovated and equipped three science and mathematics laboratories at LEA primary school Kuje, Science Primary School, Gwagwalada and LEA Primary School, Bako in Kuje.
He noted that the impact of the training and supply of the science equipment has raised FCT above other States in the areas of Science and Technology in Nigeria.
He further revealed that FCT UBEB schools have won several laurels at the 22nd National JETS competition that took place in Bariga, Lagos State .
Dr Matazu, therefore, appealed to other donors to support and provide for the educational needs of children in basic education.