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Teach For Nigeria Inducts Its 6th Cohort of Teaching Fellows

Teach for Nigeria trains 319 Fellows to teach in underserved schools

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Folawe Omikunle, the CEO of Teach For Nigeria
Folawe Omikunle, the CEO of Teach For Nigeria

Teach For Nigeria (TFN), a non-profit organization that is developing leaders to ensure that children in under-served communities can fulfil their potential regardless of their socio-economic background.

This year, the Teach for Nigeria Fellows went through a five-week hybrid Training Institute which kicked off virtually on the 31st of July 2022.

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A two-week residential training at Greensprings School, Lekki Campus, Lagos, followed running from 1st August – 16th August 2022.

The Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is a leadership development program that equips Fellows with teaching and leadership skills to effect change in their classrooms and beyond.

Every year, Teach For Nigeria recruits promising graduates, engages them through an intensive Pre-Service Training Institute, and then places them in under-served schools where they make a remarkable impact and contribute immensely to changing the trajectory of their learners.

Dr. Peter Bankole

Dr. Peter Bankole, Director,  Enterprise Development Center of the Pan Atlantic University

The guest speaker at the event, Director,  Enterprise Development Center of the Pan Atlantic University Dr. Peter Bankole, reminded the Fellows that they were on a mission. “When you do what you do with your whole heart, and you can do it for free and you’re still happy, that is not work, that’s a mission,” he said. In addition, Dr. Peter stated that the Fellows were the agents of change who would drive the needed change in the educational sector.

Blessing Adeyemi, one of the Fellows, delivered a valedictory speech on behalf of the Fellows. In her remarks she noted “We have not just been taught the art of teaching, but there’s been a transference of the heart of collective leadership to a shared vision.

The Fellows were inducted formally into the Fellowship through a commitment pledge/oath led by Folawe Omikunle, the CEO of Teach For Nigeria.

She encouraged Fellows to fully honour this promise that they have made to that one Nigerian child as they enter the classrooms.

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Present at the event was the Executive Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, who was represented by the Board Secretary, SUBEB, Mr. Wasiu Kuye.

Folashade Adefisayo, the Commissioner of Education, Lagos State, represented by Dr Olufunke Oyetola, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary (TGPS), Education District 3 was also in attendance.

In her goodwill message, the The Honourable Commissioner of Education, Lagos State, Folashade Adefisayo, represented by Dr Olufunke Oyetola, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary (TGPS), Education District 3 charged the Fellows to be change agents. “As you go out today, I want to encourage you to be good ambassadors, be an agent of change because education will take Nigeria to a greater level” She said.

“You have come, you have seen and you have reconquered. Effecting change, requires time and lasting efforts. You are set for a new journey, new experience, in a new environment which will inform a major part of your decision in life now and beyond the fellowship”. This was the goodwill  message from the Executive Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, represented by the Board Secretary, SUBEB, Mr. Wasiu Kuye.

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