Education ties link Nigeria to Cumbria and north Lancashire

Education ties link Nigeria to Cumbria and north Lancashire

A pioneering delegation made up of teachers, teacher trainers and administrators from north west Nigeria are visiting Cumbria and north Lancashire (Mon 27-29 March.) 

The group of twenty will be in the region as part of a developing partnership between Zamfara State Universal Education board, Universal Learning Solutions (a Lancaster-based not for profit organisation) and the University of Cumbria.

During a three-day tour the delegation will visit schools in Kendal including Stramongate and Burton Morewood primary schools, Brantfield nursery and Sandgate School.

“We’re excited to be able to host the visit and am sure we and our students will learn a lot from the group,” Jan Ashbridge, principal lecturer in the University of Cumbria’s Institute of Education, said. “For our students this is an important opportunity to spend time with people from a different culture but who have a common aim.”

In another coup, the university has secured a rare visit by Sue Lloyd, author of the Jolly Phonics programme, who was awarded an MBE for services to education. She will host a lecture in Lancaster for both the Nigerian delegation and students on the university’s respected primary teaching programme. The Zamfara team will share their knowledge and experience of the education system in Nigeria, talk about how Jolly Phonics is transforming literacy skills in Zamfara and share best practices of their primary teacher training.”

Research work to assess how teacher training could benefit from links to the university could result from the visit.

“Zamfara is one of the leading States in Nigeria in terms of educational achievements, and they are leading the way for other States in Nigeria to follow,” Kathryn Fox, head of school partnership and external engagement at the University of Cumbria’s Institute of Education.”The time that the team will spend at the University of Cumbria will be a great time of learning from each other.”

The tour will conclude with a ceremony at Lancaster Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon where members of the Nigerian delegation will receive an award in recognition of their work.