ST. Augustine's College of Education is known variously as: Project TI.M.E. An Ecumenical Institute, and A College of Education . AS PROJECT T.I.M.E.
St. Augustine's college of Education is a joint project of the Nigeria Conference of Catholic Bishops (representing the Catholic Church i Nigeria) and the Christian Council of Nigeria (notably Protestant) for the purpose of Teacher- Training In Moral (and Religious) Education. Hence, the more popular name of the college, project TI.M.E.
It is, . as it were a concrete demonstration- of both the eagerness and the readiness of Christian Churches in Nigeria to entreat the various C 's 'a denomination as well as other religious (Islamic and others) in the Country into a meaningful and peaceful co-existence. This co-existence is based on scientific dialogue, mutual understanding and co-operation.
It was established in 1971 by the Churches in Nigeria to meet the crying need for the inculcation, growth, enrichment of moral and religious value in the lives of the generality of Nigerians, especially those of the youths. Administratively, therefore, ST. Augustine's College of Education is in the hands of voluntary Agencies.
AS AN ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE
St. Augustine's College of Education has,J e defining quality of an ecumenical institute in more than one sense. First of all the members of staff-both academic and administrative-comprise persons from different Christian denominations as well as those of diverse religious creeds. They are Catholic, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals etc. and Muslims too. The student membership also reflect a similar character of Composition.
Secondly the academic programmes especially the Religious Studies programme, provide studies in the two major religious creeds in the country, Christianity and Islam.
They are so arranged as to give any willing student the opportunities of following them without bias to the individual's own religious creed. Aspect of Africa Traditional religion is also included in the curricula. There is also, in practice, a weekly inter-faith and inter-denominational reiigious service organized by the college.
Thirdly, in a specialized sense of ecumenicism, the college exhibits a National character, The membership of the college is drawn from people who, either as staff or student, come from different ethnic groups in the country.
The college views this composition as a sort of control-experiment, the principal objective of which is to create some conducive atmosphere for a complete articulation of what it considers the natural principal of complementariness of individuals, cultures, traditions, religions and of academic disciplines, diverse as these might seem in any given society.
The experimenting here lies in the college attempt to accommodate a mini Nigeria whereeacb person will have enough opportunity to learn of the other's differences in culture, beliefs, values and also of personal idiosyncrasies and to know how to live tolerably with them.
At the end of this, it is hoped that the individual who passed out of the college is considered sufficiently disposed to live and work with or among people, anywhere in Nigeria.
AS COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
St. Augustine's College of Education as at then known as National Institute of Moral and Religious Education secured affiliation to the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan on December 9,1974- about three years after its establishment. Then, it solely presented candidates in Associative Education (ACE) of the University of Ibadan.
Theremarkable success it recorded running the full-time ACE programmes for nearly ten years, commanded the college to the 47th plenary session of the joint consultative Committee on Education held in Kano on July 25th, 1993. There it was upgraded to the status of a College of Education (NCE), also of the University of Ibadan.
Currently, the college runs NCE programme on both full-time and part-time basis. All the courses run by the college were fully accredited by NCCE. These courses are Social Studies, English Language, Christian Religious Studies, Education, Political Science and Economics.
Enhancing teacher quality for sustainable National Development through focused,dynamic and adaptable teacher education programmes.
MISSION STATEMENTProduction of specialist teachers for the total development of the youth at all levels of the nation's educational system.
History Of St. Augustine's College of Education
St.Augustine's College of Education (formerly known as National Institute of Moral & Religious Education) is a joint project of the Nigeria Conference of Catholic Bishops (representing the Catholic Church in Nigeria) and the Christian Council of Nigeria (notably Protestant) for the purpose of teacher training in moral and religious education.
Estab1ished in 1971 to meet the crying need for the inculcation, growth and enrichment of moral and religious values in the lives of the generality of Nigerians, especially those of the youths, the College has the defining quality of an ecumenical institute, an inter-faith.
In addition, it is a demonstration of the eagerness of the Christian churches to entreat the various Christian denominations and other religions (Islam and others) in the country into a meaningful and peaceful co-existence, to be based on scientific dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation.
The College secured affiliation to the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan on December 9, 1974, about three years after its establishment. Then it solely presented candidates for a Certificate Course in Religious Studies. In 1976, it was approved by the Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE) for the award of the Associateship Certificate in Education (ACE). The NCE Programmes were run under the auspices of the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan until 1989 when the (NCCE) National Commission for Colleges of Education was created as the third leg of the tripod of excellence in the supervision of tertiary education in Nigeria. From then, the NCCE took over the monitoring, accreditation and supervision of NCE programmes in all Colleges of Education.
Following the stipulation of the National Policy on Education that NCE will be the minimum teaching qualification in the Nation's primary schools; the need to phase out the ACE programme and introduce the NCE programme became imminent. Consequently, in 1982, the College presented a proposal to the Institute of Education for its recommendation to the Joint Consultative Committee on Education (IC.C.E.) for running NCE programmes.
In 1984, the College was upgraded to an NCE awarding institution still in affiliation with the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, by the J CCE while the ACE programme ceased to exist in 1985. All admissions, examinations and certification were from then, carried out under the auspices of the University of Ibadan. Because of the increasing demand for the B. Ed degree programme by NCE graduates necessitated by the government 'White paper' on Longe report which stipulates that the Bachelor's degree in education should be the minimum qualification for teachers in Secondary Schools, the need to upgrade the standard of teachers in Moral and Religious Education once again became strong and imminent. Consequently in 1992, the Proprietor - Anthony Cardinal Okogie on behalf of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) presented the request for running B.Ed degree programme in affiliation with the Institute of Education. The first Proposal was submitted in 1997 through the Institute of Education. Visitation Panels were sent from the University to assess the facilities and staffing. Recommendations were made to the Senate and the Senate being satisfied gave its approval for the programmes to commence.
Admissions commenced. Matriculation, lectures, examinations, graduation and certification are carried out under the supervision of and monitoring by the University authorities.
The programmes for Teacher Education Department - Christian Religious Studies (CRS), Social Studies (SOS) and English Language took off in 2001/2002 session while Political Science and Economics unit took off in 200212003 session. In addition, two other departments - Educational Management and Guidance & Counseling also came into existence in 200212003 session. The Programme has since produced two/three sets of graduates.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE COLLEGE
To effectively implement the new national policy in Education and the belief in the principle of education for creativity utility and national development, there is a need for a teacher education programme that is based, dynamic, sensitive and adaptable since NeE has become a minimum entry qualification into the teaching profession. The main philosophy of this college therefore is to produce specialist teachers in Moral and Religious education.
AIMS OF THE COLLEGE
To Give Leadership Training By An In-Depth Course Of Study To Those People Who Will Be Engaged In Both Moral And Religious Education Of The Youth Of This Country, Particularly At Both Primary And Secondary School Levels.
To Train Who May ,Be Called Upon To Organize Training Centres Of Similar Institution.
To Raise The Standard Of The Teaching Of Both Moral And Religious Education
To Ensure That Teachers Of Moral And Religious Education Are Placed In A Recognized Category Where They Will Enjoy The Same Professional Standing And Receive The Same Remuneration And Other Facilities As Other Teachers With Specialist Training.
To Provide Center For Research And Experimentation In The Ways And Means Of Improving Moral And Religious Education Of Youths.
To Provide A Visible Sign Of Unity Of Purpose Of The Sponsoring Bodies With Other Such Associations In Nigeria As National Association Of Bible Knowledge Teachers.
To Provide Visible And Living Expression, In The Working Together Of Staff And Students, On The Belief That Moral And Religious Education And Result In A Life Values To Be Lived While Being A Subject Of Academic Significance.
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