UNIZIK Lecturers To Teach Igbo Language In China

The Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (UNIZIK) Awka, Prof Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, has disclosed an ongoing arrangement that would allow people from the university to teach Igbo language and culture in Xiamen University, China.

He said the teaching of the local language would encourage knowledge sharing between the two institutions, with the teaching of Chinese language already in place in some tertiary institutions in the country.

Ahaneku disclosed this during the send-forth ceremony of 54 students of Confucius Institute of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who bagged scholarships to study in different Chinese universities.

He urged the students to make best use of the opportunity, noting that the Chinese government would sponsor three of the awardees, while the Confucius Institute would train the rest.

He expressed satisfaction with the growth of the Confucius Institute in UNIZIK, where over 100 students have gained scholarship to study in China for various degrees.

It was learnt that 3000 students had already accessed Chinese Language Proficiency tests (HSK), while 400 students gained admission into top Chinese universities through scholarship platform of HANBAN.

The Vice Chancellor further said the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding had progressed smoothly as Chinese Language and Culture were taught at both Diploma and Degree levels in the university.

Addressing the students, the VC expressed joy that the efforts of the Institute have yielded positive results. He recalled his tenure as the Director of the Confucius Institute of the university for four years before rising to his current position of Vice Chancellor.

According to him, before now, the Confucius Institute existed only in Nnamdi Azikiwe University and University of Lagos but now, a new one is being developed at the Bayero University Kano.

It was learnt that the Chinese Cultural Research Centre of Nigeria was commissioned recently at UNIZIK by the Cultural Attachee of the Chinese Embassy in Abuja, Mr. Yan Xiang Dong.

The Vice Chancellor commended the centre and pleaded with the Chinese government to offer employment to graduates of the centre, who also have other skills acquired from their degree programmes.

According to him, without proper engagement, the graduates would feel disillusioned. He also challenged China to use the products of the centre as a base to solve the challenges of communication by offering them job in different Chinese companies.

“I look forward to this centre being used as a base for prospective knowledge and knowledge transfer; a base for prospective commercial and technological advancement and a base for true diplomatic Counselor relationship and as an extension of Chinese Embassy in Nigeria.”

The Director of the Chinese Cultural and Research Centre, Prof. Wang Bo, said the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China has opened doors for commerce and economic exchange between the two countries.

Bo added: “Henceforth, our windows are wide open to accommodate all academia and researchers who may have China and Nigeria as their case study to come in and explore the opportunities here for their research work.”

The Chinese Attache and Director of China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Yan Xiangdong, promised to support UNIZIK for the growth of the cultural centre domiciled in the institution.

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Porn Star Offers To Teach Sex In Italian Schools

Porn star Rocco Siffredi, known as the “Italian stallion”, has launched a petition demanding sex education become mandatory in Italy’s schools and offered himself up as a teacher.

“I wanted to launch this appeal because sex is a magnificent thing,” he wrote on the website that began collecting signatures on Tuesday.

“I put forth my name and my experience, I make myself fully available to go into Italian schools and personally promote this initiative,” the 51-year-old added.

Despite efforts stretching back over a century and dozens of legislative proposals, sex education is not part of the curriculum in Italy’s schools.

The petition on change.org, addressed to Italian Education Minister Stefania Giannini, had gathered some 21,600 supporters by Wednesday.

“Pornography should be entertainment, but due to lacking alternatives, it has become a means to learn, especially for young people,” he said.

“I have been doing my work for 30 years and I have acquired enough experience to guarantee that what I do is not sex education,” he added.

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ISIS Tutors Members On Training Mission By Blowing Up A Baby

ISIS has blown up a baby in order to teach its members the booby-trapping mechanisms during a training mission.

They “brought a baby, the son of a civilian [who] was executed a few weeks ago… in one of [their] training camps near Sharqat, northern Salahuddin… booby-trapped and blew up the child in front of dozens of ISIS militants by a remote,” Sadiq al-Husseini, chairman of the security committee in Diyala provincial council, was quoted as saying by Iraqi News Agency on Sunday.

It was a training mission for ISIS members to learn the booby-trapping mechanisms, said Husseini, adding that the terrorist group “does not care for the most basic human values.”

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Are Corpers Fit to Teach?

Teachers’ schools and training are considered to be highly essential and relevant to maintaining quality education within a society.
What then happens when the learned are positioned to carry out the responsibilities of the trained? Conversing with professional teachers, I was made to understand that they are trained to know the psychology of teaching students, varying from children to adults.
This teaching job is not as easy as most of us assume it to be. It has been said that a trained teacher may end up knowing the children more than their parents would put together. Thus, these teachers are trained to have a “relationship” with their students, which eventually results to imparting knowledge and exchange of cordial friendship.
Now, so because we have a system that requires its plenty graduates to render national service for a year, is enough reason to throw them to our classrooms?
Corps members may have the degree, yes; but forgetting that the training requirement that qualifies an individual to stand and teach before a classroom is lacking.
Could this be the reason why our WAEC results have been awfully represented? I found out that a corper who served in Lagos taught both English language and Literature to student in JSS 1 to SSS 3 and was made exam officer of the school. Now the corp member may be highly knowledgeable on both subjects, but the question is, does he possess the skills required to communicate these knowledge to the students?
Maybe corpers should undergo some sort of training before they storm into classrooms and if that arrangement cannot be met, then another alternative should be considered because one cannot be too certain if corpers are fit to teach.
Dinah Adams @didiYargata Yargata’s Blog