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NBTE and Commonwealth of Learning Partner to Develop Framework for ODFeL Implementation in Nigeria

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have signed a Contribution Agreement to support the development of a framework for the implementation of Open, Distance and Flexible e-Learning (ODFeL) in Nigeria. The initiative aimed to strengthen the resilience of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Nigeria. It involves the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for ODFeL, Standards and Accreditation Tools for ODFeL, and the review of the ODFeL Policy for the TVET sector.

Implementation of the agreement has progressed significantly with the hosting of the first workshop outlined in the agreement, focusing on the development of a draft Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (M&E) for ODFeL. The workshop took place on Monday, the 18th, and Tuesday, the 19th of March 2024, at the NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVET in Kaduna.

Executive Secretary, Prof Idris M. Bugaje delivering his opening remarks.

In his address, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Prof. Idris M. Bugaje, expressed sincere gratitude to the COL for their invaluable collaboration and support for the initiative. He also thanked the General Manager and the entire staff of the NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVET for their dedication and contributions.

Prof. Bugaje emphasized the framework's significance in promoting accountability within the TVET sector, highlighting its pivotal role in ensuring a robust quality assurance process for approved ODFeL institutions. He expressed confidence in meeting CoL's expectations and assured readiness for Management approval.

Participants during the opening ceremony of the workshop

The Executive Secretary expressed his sincere appreciation to the two facilitators, Prof. Hassan Zoaka and Dr. Fatima Kabir Shehu, for their presence, expertise, and valuable contributions to the process.

In his remarks, the General Manager of the NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVET, Mr. Aliyu I. Hassan, highlighted that the M&E framework being jointly developed by NBTE and CoL for ODFeL in the TVET sector will address various challenges and incorporate policy components to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. It will also provide standardized data collection methods and reporting formats to be used by all approved ODFeL institutions. The draft framework will undergo stakeholder critique before final submission for NBTE Management's approval.