Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Secondary School Science and Technology Teachers in Oyo, Ogun and Osun States.
Title: Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Secondary School Science and Technology Teachers in Oyo, Ogun and Osun States.
Date: 25th – 27 August 2009
School Teachers in Oyo, Ogun and Osun States’, was proposed by the World Bank, under its Science and Technology Education Post – Basic (STEP – B) program. The workshop took place at the Conference Centre, University of Ibadan between the 25th to 27th August 2009. It was aimed at enriching the educational system at the secondary school level, by expanding the area of influence of entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigerian teachers and students. The application of this is to impact the quality of our everyday life.
1.2 The workshop was attended by 40 participants, who were selected from various secondary schools of Science and Technology, in Oyo, Ogun and Osun States. Papers were presented by selected lecturers from the University of Ibadan. Group discussions and plenary sessions were concluded on the third day.
1.3 The different discussed were as follows:
· Introduction and Setting the Stage. Presented by Prof. Adedoyin Soyibo, Director, University of Ibadan Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Bodija, Ibadan.
· Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Presented by Dr. C. J. Diji of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ibadan.
· Introduction to Innovation. Presented by Dr. T. K. Hamzat of the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
· Entrepreneurial Process. Presented by Prof. Gbemi Oke, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, University College Hospital, Ibadan.
· Entrepreneurial Process – Financing and Business Plan. Presented by Prof. Oladimeji Oladepo, Dean, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
· Support Institutions for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nigeria. Presented by Mr. Segun Wilson of ACCION Microfinance Bank Limited, Lagos.
· Information Technology, Creativity, Innovation and Child. Presented by Dr. Raji, Director, MIS, University of Ibadan and Dr. Arulogun of the Department of Health Promotion and Education, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
· Teaching Creativity in our Classrooms: A general Concept on Creativity. Presented by Dr. O. A. Fakolade of the Department of Special Education, University of Ibadan.
· Teaching Creativity and Innovation in Science and Technology. Presented by Prof. Ayotola Aremu of the Department of Teacher Education, University of Ibadan.
· Generating, Storing and Using Innovative and Entrepreneurial Ideas and Products. Presented by Prof. Morayo Atinmo of the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan.
1.4 Group discussion was one of the methods used for achieving the objectives of the workshop. The participants were divided into six different groups. The group discussions took place on the following topics:
Group 1 – Identify Entrepreneurial Traits in Science and Technology Students and developing their capacity to become Entrepreneurs.
Group 2 – Making Students Enterprising and Entrepreneurial: Methods, Approaches and Strategies.
Group 3 – Methodology of Teaching: Application in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Science and Technology Teachers in Secondary Schools in Nigeria.
Group 4 – ICT in Secondary Schools: The place of Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.
Group 5 – Teaching Science and Technology out of the box.
Group 6 – The place of exceptional individuals (special needs people) in Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development.
1.5 Each group presented the report of the discussion session. The reports were discussed enthusiastically and suggestions offered for improvement. Participants confirmed that they have learnt a lot and hope to impact the knowledge gained into their students.
1.6. A means of networking relationship between facilitators and participants was triggered off with the exchange of names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses to aid problem-solving and the sourcing of teaching materials for the participants.
1.7 It was recommended that similar workshop could be replicated for other sets of Science and Technology teachers in other secondary schools in Oyo, Ogun and Osun States. The workshop could also be extended to Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo States, in order to cover the South-Wet geo-political zone.