By Dipo Olowookere
Worried by the state of education in the northern part of Nigeria, a non-profit organization known as Teach for Nigeria (TFN) has taken it upon itself to change the narrative.
In order to achieve this, the organisation has partnered with the Kaduna State government to place teachers in high-need primary schools across the state.
Through this collaboration, TFN has mobilized 88 fellows, who are currently serving as full-time teachers across 22 public primary schools in Kaduna State.
Teach for Nigeria kicked off its operations in 2017 in Lagos and Ogun State before expanding to Kaduna State in 2018.
Commenting on the expansion, Chief Executive Officer of Teach for Nigeria, Folawe Omikunle, stated that, “The Kaduna State Government’s bold education reforms and its unflinching commitment to improving learning outcomes for children in public schools were the bases upon which we selected Kaduna state to be our first partner state in the Northern region. This is why we also set up our Northern office in Kaduna state, to underpin our commitment to the region.
Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir El-Rufai, spoke up against the current state of education in the nation as a whole.
“Most of us are products of the public-school system and we feel we must bequeath to our children the type of quality education that was bequeathed to us. We have considered education the most important sector from the onset of our administration.
“This is why we have been consistent in allocating over 20 percent of our budget to the sector throughout the last few years of this administration,” the Governor said.
He expressed hope that “TFN will become the guiding light for future interventions. We have over 4,000 primary schools in Kaduna State that need innovation and mentoring.”
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Kaduna state, Mr Ja’afaru Sani, also commended the TFN team for its commitment to social development through the fellowship program, and for choosing Kaduna state to pioneer in the Northern region. The commissioner also stated that the Department for International Development (DFID) would be a part of the process, with baseline evaluation conducted in the schools to allow for proper impact assessment.
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