Giving the growing concern for the continuous decay of education in Niger State, particularly in the area quality teaching, the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello constituted a committee headed by the iconic Hajiya Dije Bala to fashion out ways of addressing the problem. Hajiya Dije Bala and other season and experience educationists in the State sprang into action and meticulously brought out workable recommendations amongst which gave birth to Niger State Teacher Professional Development Centre, Mararaban Dandaudu.
The Mararaban Dandaudu Teacher Professional Development Centre (MDC) formally opened on October, 14th 2017. The school’s programme is designed for students to equip them with knowledge of Senior Secondary Education and Basic Teacher Education, with the primary objective of orienting the students towards choosing teaching as a career and eventually becoming professional trained, mentored and dedicated teachers.
The centre has a corps of competent and dedicated academic staff (tutors and mentors) who were carefully recruited from various specialisations based on merit. The MDC is a co-education boarding institution where students in their teens are admitted to receive rigorous teacher-oriented training and constantly supervised and mentored in a conducive learning environment.
The MDC strictly offers admission into SS1 for Pre-Service teachers whenever vacancies are available. However, for even distribution of administration, 274 students are drawn from the 25 Local Government Areas of the State to accommodate the State’s unique and diverse population. The school is implementing the National Policy on Education – the Post-Basic Senior Secondary and Basic Teacher Education for three (3) years duration.
The institution occupies a large expanse of land stretching about 3 thousand hectares. There are 2 hostels, one for girls and one for boys. There are 4 houses – Blue, Green, Red and Yellow. The girls’ hostel is securely walled with a matron’s quarter and office attached. The boys’ hostel is equally securely fenced, with a warden quarter and office attached.
There is the Admistrative Wing, The Tutors and Mentors’ Office, Classrooms, Computer Room, Library, Laboratories, Sick Bay, Kitchen, Dining Hall, Store, Sporting Facilities, Security Point, and Staff Quarters. The institution is adequately connected to electricity and motorized borehole water supply, overhead tanks and a giant stand-by generator. Water and electricity are therefore regular.
The students received free education at the institute. This means that things like students’ uniforms, sports and house wears, stationary, textbooks and other learning materials have been adequately provided for students FREE OF CHARGE. They also receive transportation stipends at the end of each term. The institute is indeed one of the wonders of Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello’s administration.
Shuaib Awaisu Wana