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TETFund: Organized a One Day Workshop on “Emerging Areas of Students Needs in Beneficiary Institutions’’

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TETFund: Organized a One Day Workshop on “Emerging Areas of Students Needs in Beneficiary Institutions’’

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFund), organized one day workshop to review policies and programs, and receive feedback on the implementation of their various interventions and to look at the emerging areas of students needs in beneficiary Institutions.

The workshop took place yesterday Tuesday, in TETFund’s Auditorium, in Abuja.

The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc. Sunny Echono, speaking during the workshop, said, ” These engagements have become veritable platforms to interact with beneficiary institutions, to critically examine our collective mandates of improving teaching and learning across the tertiary education sub-sector.

”It is sometimes necessary to organize workshops of this nature, especially when we feel the need to share concerns and enlighten each other on the need to improve in certain areas of our mandate and assignments, or the need to think collectively on how to improve our services based on the targets and high standards set by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Administration.”

He further said, ”This workshop is conceived mainly for the purpose of brainstorming over some identified areas of intervention that are seen to be highly beneficial not only to our Institutions, but to our students who are the ultimate beneficiaries of all the interventions in the tertiary institutions.”

”Funding educational activities requires careful consideration of different needs and expectations. Funding must also be directed at essential programs which align with the strategic objectives in terms of outcomes of investment in either physical or content development that the funding usually supports.”

He added,” the provision of physical facilities must be accompanied by corresponding programs that will ensure maximum impact and benefit to the target group.

As such, the Fund is constantly and critically reviewing its operations and interventions with a view to ensuring that the interventions meet the actual goals that are intended at conception. New programs and intervention lines are sometimes introduced, and some innovation or alterations are carried out regarding some existing ones, and where necessary non performing ones are dropped.”

Echono further said, ”In the year 2024 disbursement cycle, the Career Services Center was introduced to complement other programs in tertiary institutions.

”The Fund considers the establishment of these centers necessary for the development of students careers and their employability, which is the raison d’etre for establishment of tertiary educational institutions. Career services centers have helped students in advanced nations to make informed decisions regarding their career paths.”

The centers provide information for students on trends in the job market, opportunities, and requisite skills as well as linkages with the employment industries including the alumni of the institutions. They provide students with tools for self-assessment to identify their interests, strengths, weaknesses and prospects.

”Career centers further provide counselling, guidance, and support to all students. They help organize and facilitate education programs, workshops, seminars, and other similar programs to equip students with relevant employability skills to assist them search for jobs. They provide transition resources by supporting resume building, application processes and interview preparation.

He also said, ”It is in consideration of the significant role that career centers play in the career development of students of tertiary education that the Fund took the decision to incorporate it in the 2024 disbursement guidelines.

Papers were presented at the workshop by experts with the themes, “Incorporating Holistic Approaches to Career Counselling that considers Students Personal, Academic and Professional Development Needs.’’ and ‘’Emerging Students Needs in Our Contemporary Learning Environment using ICT.’’

The participants at the workshop deliberated on subject matter and also other laudable initiatives that seek to promote the welfare and wellbeing of students in their learning environments and the conditions under which student studies.

The Fund is taking a closer look into some of the age-old problems facing many institutions in the face of scarce resources.

The Executive secretary, Sunny Echono, expressed his appreciation to all the participants at the workshop.

” I appreciate the presence of all heads of institutions and other staff that are present here for making out time to attend the workshop despite other equally engaging assignments.”

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