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Former emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II has partnered with a Canada-based social enterprise, 1 Million Teachers (1MT) to provide equitable and high impact projects that enhance learning opportunities for the less privileged in the society.
Sanusi, who is the chairman of the Advisory Board of 1M Teachers in Nigeria and the member of the parent company in Canada, stated that this initiative is part of his lifelong mandate for the implementation of the SDG 4 and SDG 5. The project, HH MSII SDG Challenge is an equitable, cost-effective and innovative project that provides oppor-tunities to improve access to quality and gender responsive education for women and girls in crisis, conflict, and fragile situations.
It aims to inspire and catalyse innovative commu-nity development activities that support the achievement of the SDGs, particularly quality education and gender equality.
Following the official announcement of the project by 1M Teachers, Muhammed Sanusi II stated that “Education holds the key to our development. We must continue to give priori-ty attention to the sector because it is the bedrock of any development.”
“We are part of a wider society, our happiness, our success and prosperity will come to nothing if we do not ensure that the vast majority amongst us share in that prosperity and success. I have the strong believe that educating the girl child will improve nutrition, reduce infant mortality, poverty and provide a better life for the de-prived in our society.”
The HH MSII SDG Challenge calls on ideas for local community teachers on how educa-tion can be delivered qualitatively and equitably to grassroot communities. Successful ap-plicants will receive 10 grants of 500 USD each across Sub-Saharan African countries an-nually.
Participating teachers will have the learning opportunities in Design thinking, Stakeholder engagement, Project management. In addition to this, one on one access to specialist advisors from Queen’s University Faculty of Education (Canada) and dedicated mentor for each program.