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Forty-four fellows of Teach for Nigeria (TFN), who graduated recently, have been described as changemakers who would transform the teaching and learning landscape in the country.TFN is a non-profit organisation focused on enlisting Nigeria’s future leaders in an effort to expand educational and life opportunities for all children.
The fellowship programme is a two- 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 in Lagos and Ogun States, impacting approximately 2,700 students.

Celebrating the fellows at the graduation ceremony, wife of the Ogun State governor, Bamidele Abiodun said 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. ”

Board Chairman of TFN, Gbenga Oyebode, on his part said, “Educational injustice is one of Nigeria’s most critical and deeply rooted crises. With over 15 million out-of-school children, there needs 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.

These 44 exceptional fellows have been transformed into leaders and champions for education in Nigeria; dedicating their time, energy and resources into impacting the lives of their pupils. We are very proud of the pioneer cohort; they have made the organisation’s vision – that one day, every Nigerian child will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education – a reality.”Chief Executive Officer of TFN, Folawe Omikunle said the efforts and successes of the graduating cohort have made it evident that indeed a movement of transformational leaders can change the narrative.

“These past two years, our pioneer cohort of 44 exceptional change agents have worked in some of the most challenging circumstances to build a different social fabric with hope, conviction, and above all, actions to change our country, one classroom at a time. They have improved learning outcomes and ignited the love of learning in their pupils and have in turn expanded life opportunities for their pupils.”From its pilot programme of 44 fellows in 2017, TFN has scaled to over 250 in 2019, teaching full-time in 81 under-served schools to improve the educational and life prospects of approximately 13,000 students in Lagos, Ogun and Kaduna states.

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