By Hannatu Sulaiman Abba
In appreciation of the good working relationship between Kano state government and British Council, the Country Director of British Council, Lucy Pearson, predicted that, the partnership between the state and the Council appears exciting.
She made the statement when she paid a courtesy visit to governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, at his office, Tuesday, adding that, “We and the government and the people of Kano state have enjoyed a long history of interactions and profound friendship and relationship that is deep and firm in Education, Culture and Society…”
This was contained in a statement signed by Abba Anwar , Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State and issued to newsmen.
“The future for us at the British Council is quite exciting. We plan to continue our work in supporting community led projects through sports, supporting systems and processes in the education sector across the primary, secondary and higher education levels,” she stated.
Adding that, they would continue with the capacity building initiatives for teachers through “…our Connecting Classrooms programme. Where teachers are trained on 21st century skills and continue our investments in the creative sector, enhancing skills.”
To further shed more light on how what the future holds in the partnership, she said “Your Excellency, on behalf of British Council Nigeria, I would like to thank you and the good people of Kano for warmly welcoming us to Kano. I look forward to more opportunities to visit Kano in the very near future and to continue our long history of valuable interactions.”
The Regional Coordinator of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Kano Office, Nafisa Ado, commended state “…for its intention to strengthen the state’s free and compulsory education policy by directing the redevelopment of 5,000 civil servants with requisite qualification in education to the classroom to teach,and also committing to give the integrated civil servants a two weeks induction before deployment to schools and an additional one week refresher training every term.”