Teach for Nigeria to place 1,000 fellows in classrooms

Folashade Adebayo

The Chairman, Teach for Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, has said that the initiative will recruit 60 fellows to teach in low-income communities in Lagos and Ogun states in the first year.

He added that the aim of the project was to ensure that brilliant 1,000 fellows and alumni of the programme teach over 100,000 pupils by 2022.

Oyebode said this on Wednesday when the programmed was unveiled.

According to him, Teach for Nigeria is the second African partner of the Teach for All initiative in America.

He said, “The United Nations says that of the Nigerian children who are enrolled in primary school, 60 per cent are not learning. Many children don’t go on to secondary school, and large numbers of those who do are unable to read or write when they finish. The UN adds that just 10 per cent of Nigerian students enroll in post-secondary education. This is an enormous obstacle to the country’s development. From access to enrollment and school completion rates, from quality to equity, a survey of the Nigerian educational scene reveals a series of disparities.

“For our nation to experience sustainable growth, promoting access to education must be prioritised and invested in. I am excited to see this movement launched in Nigeria and I am looking forward to harnessing the energy and commitment of our most promising future leaders towards the fight against educational inequity.’’

In her remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, ToN, Folawe Omikunle, said that the fellows, who would be first class graduates from diverse disciplines, would commit to teach for a minimum of two years in these communities.

  She said, “I strongly believe that the only sustainable path to improving educational opportunities for all children in our country is by channelling and developing its most capable human resources against this problem of educational injustice.”

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