Teach For Nigeria, a social impact organization that seeks to eliminate the education deficit in Nigeria through raising prominent leaders across the nation, has partnered with SEED in order to achieve the goal of sustainable education for all. Upon launching the SEED and TFN partnership for the 2018/2019 academic year, 13 Teach For Nigeria Fellows were assigned to seven SEED schools in low-income communities. With a focus on serving some of the nation’s most under-resourced schools, we are working together to create a movement of leaders who are committed to putting an end to education inequity, and in doing so, building a better Nigeria.
Nigeria’s statistics reflects a broken education system that makes it difficult for children to receive the schooling they deserve. As millions of children in Nigeria lack access to schools, even more are attending schools without the necessary resources to foster their future potential for success: one of the scarcest resource at these schools are good quality teachers. Where SEED has been working to increase the management capacity of school leaders, this new partnership between SEED and Teach For Nigeria bolsters our mutual goals to improve children’s educational opportunities.
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Meet Grace Akinsola
Grace Akinsola, a 2019 Teach For Nigeria Alumni who served in Al-Firdaus Paradise Nursery and Primary School in Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria. Grace is a Computer Science graduate from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Osun State, Nigeria. She was a Program Manager/Systems Analyst with Interswitch Nigeria before she decided to join Teach For Nigeria to play her part in the education sector of Nigeria.
Al-Firdaus Paradise Nursery and Primary School is an Islamic low-cost private school serving children from low-income families. As a Christian, Grace was pleased to serve wherever she was called and she was welcomed at Al-Firadus Paradise with open arms. Everyone in the school was welcoming, kind, humble and according to Grace, “We were a community, regardless of our religion. The school owner was open to suggestions when I provided her with ways she could grow her school. She is definitely not profit driven but impact driven.”
Grace was a breath of fresh air in the school. She came with new and innovative teaching methods. Her pupils were exposed to experiential learning, where the local community became their classroom. She also taught with videos and introduced drawing and arts to the children. She also left her lasting mark on the school in other ways because when her fellowship was over, she contributed towards painting three classrooms.
The school proprietor has this to say about Grace.
Grace exceeded my expectation. She brought new innovations in various aspects of the school from teaching methods to extra-curricular activities. She worked well with other teachers and provided suggestions to me on different ways to improve the school. She was able to address students’ weaknesses and helped improve their overall performance. We are proud that all students in the class she taught in Basic 5/6 passed their external examinations.
~ Mrs. Dhikratullah Ajibade, Proprietor, Al-Firdaus Paradise Nursery and Primary School
About Teach for Nigeria (TFN)
The Teach For Nigeria fellowship program is a 2-year full-time paid commitment that is designed to build a movement of leaders who will work towards eliminating educational inequality in Nigeria. They recruit Nigeria’s most promising future leaders from varied disciplines to teach in Nigeria’s underserved schools in low-income communities through a highly selective, two-year fellowship.
The Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is a transformational leadership program that equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classrooms in the communities we serve. After the fellowship, Alumni of Teach For Nigeria build on their classroom teaching experience to drive long-term systematic changes in the educational sector in Nigeria as they progress into leadership roles in their varied professions. The Teach For Nigeria model is based on the proven success of 40 country organizations including Teach For America, Teach First UK, Teach For Ghana, Teach For Bangladesh, Teach For Nepal and Teach For India, who are all part of the Teach For All Network.