Forty-four Fellows of Teach for Nigeria (TFN), a non-profit organisation focused on enlisting Nigeria future leaders in an effort to expand educational and life opportunities for children, have been billed to teach in underserved schools in low-income communities across the country.
The forty-four Fellows, who graduated recently, have been described as changemakers who would transform the teaching and learning landscape in the country.
The fellowship course is a two-year full-time paid commitment designed to build a movement of leaders who will work towards eliminating educational inequity in Nigeria.
The graduating Fellows were inducted in 2017 and deployed to about twenty-five public primary schools in Lagos and Ogun States impacting over 2,700 students.
The wife of the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Bamidele Abiodun, while celebrating the Fellows at the graduation event, stated that the state government is committed to supporting the vision of TFN, as education is one of the core missions of their administration.
“I have experienced first-hand excellent work the TFN fellows are doing in Ogun state and I’m very impressed by the impact and the confidence they are instilling in these children,” Mrs. Abiodun said.
Gbenga Oyebode, Board Chairman of TFN, on his part stated that, “Educational injustice is one of Nigeria’s most critical and deeply rooted crises. With over 15 million out-of-school children, there need to be a multipronged approach and commitment from individuals and organisations to solve the problem. As a nation, we should see education as one of the ways to change the country”.
The Chief Executive Officer of TFN, Folawe Omikunle, who was also present at the event, siad the efforts and successes of the graduating cohort have made it evident that indeed a movement of transformational leaders can change the narrative.