Poland Ambassador tasks Nigerian teachers on building quality future leaders



Polish Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Joanna Tarnawska, has charged teachers of tertiary institutions in the country to engaged themselves in building quality future leaders that would advance the cause of the country.

Ambassador Tarnawska stated this on Tuesday while delivering the 6th distinguished public lecture of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL) with the titled “How to Effectively Pass Knowledge and Inspire Students in the Contemporary World,” held at the Felele campus of the institution.

The Envoy said teachers at all level of education has a significant role to play in building the younger generations that would take over the affairs of the country in the future.

She therefore stated that , it is imperative for teachers to Know their subject matter and be ready to deepen their knowledge continuously through researches and other ways that can improve their teaching capacity.

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Speaking further she urged teachers to always give practical examples while teaching, saying such method would enable the students listen attentively and grabbed information passing to them.

“Build a robust relationship with your students, let their interest be your interest. The youths are eager to learn about life and things around them, which calls for caution on passing information across to them.

“Every well meaning nation is working towards having well disciplined and patriotic future leaders that bring about growth and development.

“No teacher is an encyclopedia anymore, but a teacher is a book mark and a beacon who points to the relevant paragraphs. Therefore, a teacher must know his or her audience, adapt your language and content to the listeners”

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In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor FUL, Professor Olayemi Durotimi Akinwumi, said the topic the Ambassador brought to the university “How to Effectively Pass Knowledge and Inspire Students in the Contemporary World,” is not just timely but imperative.

The Vice Chancellor said that , in an era marked by rapid technological advancements, societal transformations, and global interconnectedness, the role of education transcends mere dissemination of facts.

According to him, it behoves upon the teachers to instill in the students a hunger for knowledge, a love for learning, and a sense of purpose that extends beyond classroom boundaries.

He noted that as Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Lokoja, he is keenly aware of the profound impact that effective teaching and inspirational mentorship can have on the lives of the students.

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“It is through the dedication and commitment of educators like yourselves that we empower our students to become critical thinkers, innovative problem-solvers, and compassionate leaders in their respective fields” the VC said.

The climax of the lecture was questions posed on the students by the Ambassador and the presentation of gifts to those who got the answers to the questions correctly.


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