…Moves to bridge inequity in education
Fellows of the Teach For Nigeria have been asked to bridge the gap created by policy somersault by successive governments in the country to reposition educational standards in schools.
Speaking at the induction in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Miss. Folawe Omikunle, said, “To solve the problem of educational inequity in Nigeria, there needs to be critical mass of leaders working at every level of the education system leading and effecting true systemic change.
We need inspired and motivated young leaders from different academic disciplines to canvass and act for excellence in the education standards of Nigeria. We are convinced that by preparing and equipping these groups of future leaders to take responsibility for producing an impact in high-need schools; accelerated change is inevitable.
Omikunle said that TFN is committed to ensuring that every Nigerian child has access to an excellent education regardless of gender, economic or social background.
Teach For Nigeria fellowship, a two-year educational intervention and leadership programme was launched in February 2017 as a non profit organisation working to expand educational opportunities in Nigeria through the deployment of exceptional graduates in underserved schools.
“Over the course of the next two years, you will be experiencing the most challenging but rewarding journey of your lives, with a programme that has been designed to challenge you and develop your leadership capacity to be successful leaders in the fight against educational inequity in Nigeria,” she said.
Chairman of the organisation, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, highlighted the dire situation at hand. “In twenty years, Nigeria will be the largest country in the world. If we don’t address educational inequity now, we are doomed as a nation.”
Miss. Omikunle noted that TFN received a total of 12,009 applications this year and after a rigorous selection process that lasted for four months, 48 applicants were chosen for the fellowship.
She explained that the fellows would begin with an intensive six-week training to prepare them for their new life in the classroom before they are posted to schools in Lagos and Ogun states respectively for the 2017/2018 academic session.
Pledging support for Teach For Nigeria, the Chairman of the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN), Dr. Femi Ogunsanya commended Teach For Nigeria for their timely intervention.