October 18th 2018, the University of Benin held its valedictory lecture; the first in the series to be hosted by this administration, led by our amiable vice-chancellor Engr. Prof. F.F.O. Orumwense (FNSE).
The lecture which is 3rd in history since the inception of the University of Benin was delivred by Prof. Andrew Oghenero Urevbu (A Professor of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education).
Prof. Urevbu expressed satisfaction; stating that there have been two defining moments in his academic career; the first being his inaugural lecture, and now his valedictory lecture.
His valedictory lecture which was entitled, “The Missing Link in Nigerian Education: Creativity in our Global Society and Today’s School Curriculum”, centered on the fact that creativity is a unique attribute of humans which differentiates us from computers and robots. He added that creative thinking enables students generate new and useful ideas through their imagination.
He further noted that for decades, educationists have been concerned with the quality of schooling in various countries of the world, however, in Nigeria despite all efforts to promote sound educational qualities, creativity is still missing in our school’s curriculum at almost every level of education. He therefore recommended that there was urgent need for our educational system to adopt a more creative approach to curriculum planning and a greater emphasis on creativity in our schools.
Prof. Andrew Oghenero Urevbu joined the service of the University of Benin in 1976, where he taught in the area of curriculum theories and science education for some 42 years, having to his credit 4 books and over 50 publications. He served in various capacities as head of department of Educational psychology and curriculum studies (from 1993 to 1995), acting head, department of adult education and extra-mural studies (from 1998 to 1990), Faculty of Education Representative at the University Admission Board (from 1982 to 1984) and Member of Bendel State Scholarship Board (1987 to 1988)
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