Nigerian college staff inspired by Highbury

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Charlotte Day

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TEACHERS from a city college rated outstanding by Ofsted are lending their expertise to their colleagues in Africa.

Highbury College is hosting members of Nigeria’s newly established Workmanship and Technical Training Centre (WTTC) seeking top tips on teaching, courses and management.

The centre, which is managed by the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency – set up to improve the prospects of the country’s poorest families, recently signed a strategic partnership deal with Highbury and is aiming to duplicate its good work for young Nigerians.

Courses it will offer 16 to 19-year-olds and adults include block work and concrete, electrical installation, PC system support and welding.

Stella Mbubaegbu, Highbury’s principal, said: ‘It is fantastic to have our Nigerian colleagues here.

‘This is a wonderful opportunity to share our outstanding approach to vocational education and training and also contribute to the development of WTTC as a world class facility.

‘We are committed to transcending borders in education, whether they are geographical, economic or social.’

Armstrong Amorro, manager of the new centre, said: ‘We’ve come here to see what Highbury are doing so we can replicate it at the WTTC in Nigeria.

‘Highbury College is indeed the number one in the UK and we are so proud to be playing a part in that success story.’