44 Fellows honoured after completing the 2-year programme of teaching in underserved primary schools.
Teach for Nigeria, a non-profit organization focused on enlisting Nigeria’s most promising future leaders in an effort to expand educational and life opportunities for all children in Nigeria, celebrated its’ first graduation ceremony for its’ Fellowship programme.
The Teach for Nigeria Fellowship is a 2 year full-time paid commitment that is designed to build a movement of leaders who will work towards eliminating educational inequity in Nigeria by teaching in underserved schools in low-income communities across Nigeria. The graduating cohort of 44 Fellows, were inducted in 2017 and deployed to 25 public primary schools at underserved communities in Lagos and Ogun states in a bid to build them as they work to eliminate the educational inequity in the country, thereby impacting approximately 2700 students.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Ogun State Governor represented by his wife, Bamidele Abiodun, lauded the impact of TFN and said that the state government is committed to supporting its vision, as education is one of the core missions of the administration.
As a part of the programme, the Fellows were further tasked with undertaking special projects in the ‘Be the Change Project’, aimed at transforming the education system beyond the classroom. The Child Support Initiative (CSI) is one of these projects. Founded by two Fellows – Dinyambe Twanoh Nyatua and Bosede Ogidan – it is aimed at educating learners in low income public primary schools on puberty and personal/menstrual hygiene and supporting them with sanitary products and toiletries. CSI was presented with a cheque of N250,000 from the Grace Lake Partners Care Foundation at the graduation ceremony, for winning the award for the ‘Outstanding Be the Change Project’; based on its creativity, sustainability and impact.