The Kaduna State Government has signed agreement with a non-profit organisation, ‘Teach For Nigeria’ to boost education in the state.
The new deal would see the NGO place Fellows in high-need primary schools in the state to teach students for two years.
Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Nigeria, Folawa Omikunle made this known at the inaugural annual education cocktail and fundraising that held in Lagos. The event served as a platform to highlight the NGO’s mission as well as strategies at improving the quality of education for Nigeria’s most marginalised children.
The gathering, which was attended by captains of industry and leaders in the private and public sectors also provided an opportunity to enlist the support of and recruit champions from the private sector to secure financial and strategic commitments towards raising much needed funds needed for the transformation of the education system and ensuring that every Nigerian child, regardless of status, has an opportunity to access quality education.
In his words, Omikunle stated that continuous decline in education system has resulted in poor learning outcomes for most students especially the disadvantaged ones from low income communities.
“As part of efforts to ensure that the standards are raised for all our children, Teach For Nigeria was established and I am proud of our achievements so far and grateful for the support and commitment we have received from our fellows, champions and ambassadors.”
Chairman of the NGO, Gbenga Oyebode, further added: “The organisation is focused on developing a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity. The present state of education in Nigeria, where about a third of our children are not in school and over half of those in school are not learning, is not acceptable. We must therefore join hands together to reverse these trends.”
Shedding more light on the Kaduna project, Oyebode said that the first batch of Kaduna Fellows would begin to lead their classrooms by September 2018, stressing that it would further bring the programme much closer to achieving its vision of ensuring that every Nigerian child has access to excellent education.