Fifth Cohort of Fellows Graduated by Teach for Nigeria

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Having the sole aim of improving foundational learning outcomes and expanding life opportunities for low-income children across Nigeria, Teach for Nigeria (TFN), a non-profit organisation, has lived up to expectations as it recently graduated its fifth cohort of 197 outstanding change makers.

The graduation ceremony, which took place in Lekki, Lagos State, had policymakers, industry experts, partners, alumni, and stakeholders in attendance, including Frank Nweke, Chairman of ONTV Nigeria Limited, Lai Koiki, Chairman of Greensprings Educational Services Limited, Joshua Olalekan Ifede, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) Chairman, Prof. Abayomi Arigbagbu, a former Commissioner for Education and Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor, among others.

Chief Executive Officer of TFN, Folawe Omikunle, spoke at the ceremony and expressed her gratitude to the graduating class for their commitment in carrying out various community development projects.

She noted that through the projects, the graduating class have tackled educational challenges, fought for equity, protected the environment, promoted peace, ignited creativity, and fostered innovation for a more sustainable future.

While enumerating TFN’s impact in improving foundational literacy and numeracy, Omikunle disclosed that the students had about two to three months of additional learning gains in literacy, and two to five months in numeracy compared to other students.

Frank Nweke, the ONTV chairman lamented about the quality of education in Nigeria, but expressed optimism in TFN’s Fellowship programme and its potential to address educational challenges in the country.

“The template created here at Teach for Nigeria clearly showed that transforming Nigeria’s education is possible under purposeful leadership.” Nweke said

Susan Benjamin, a graduating fellow, recounting her fellowship experience, had this to say: “Through the Teach for Nigeria Fellowship, I have enhanced my leadership skills by implementing various projects in my placement community. I am now an ambassador for social emotional learning.” She added that the skills and opportunities she was exposed to have helped in rediscovering her sense of purpose. “I remain dedicated to becoming a driving force for positive change in the African education sector.”

The graduating students served in 121 schools across Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo states, and impacted over 50,000 students in underserved communities.

Graduating fellows who do not have any teaching qualification or experience pursued a Professional Diploma in Education at Teach for Nigeria partner school, Sikiru Adetona College of Education, Science and Technology Omu – Ajose, formerly known as Tai Solarin College of Education, through a fully-funded scholarship, and were inducted into the teaching profession by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) before the end of their fellowship.

The 2021 cohort will join the Teach for Nigeria 641 alumni network and continue to deepen their impact on the educational system in the country based on their deeper understanding of the systemic issues affecting educational equity and excellence in Nigeria.

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