Teach for Nigeria (TFN) is set to recruit 400 fellows in Ogun State, Nigeria. TFN fellows are deployed to understaffed schools, mostly in rural areas, where they serve as teachers. The goal of the programme is to provide the crucial solid foundation in basic education for children in underserved communities. The programme also equips its fellows to effect change beyond the classrooms in the communities they serve. It is a two-year, full-time, paid commitment that is designed to build a movement of leaders who will work towards eliminating educational inequity.
Speaking at the launch of the Ogun State recruitment drive, the Chief Executive Officer of TFN, Mrs. Folawe Omikunle said, ‘We believe that there is no single solution to a problem as complex and systemic as educational inequity. Addressing it requires many solutions, from many directions. While we cannot single-handedly solve these problems, we believe that we can act as catalyst to build a formidable network of determined leaders who understand the root causes of inequity and are committed to challenging it’.
The Head of Recruitment, Matriculation and Selection at TFN, Bukola Kolajo, noted that the 400 fellows will be TFN’s largest cohort since the programme’s inception. She said it had become necessary for TFN to reach more under-resourced schools and provide more children with quality education. She added that TFN understands the equity challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria and that the organisation is fighting to resolve them.
Also speaking at the launch of the recruitment drive, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Ogun State, Ogunleye Olaseni, said, ‘[T]he campaign embarked upon by Teach For Nigeria is aimed at increasing the number, quality and diversity of people seeking to become fellows in high need schools, rural and urban, and connecting aspiring teachers with information about the pathways to teaching, including preparation, certification, training and mentoring’.
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