‘We are funding alumni to ensure quality education for all Nigerians’

 
Thu Jan 14th, 2021 - Kaduna
 

A non-government organisation, Teach For Nigeria has hosted its first ever pitch event at the Gusau Institute, Kaduna.

The contest was hosted as part of the organisation’s Incubation Hub Programme, earlier launched in October 2020 to support its alumni members in the social innovation space with resources needed to drive their initiatives on promoting access to education for children in low-income communities.

Twenty northern-based initiatives were selected as part of pioneer cohort at the virtual launch of the incubation hub.

During the event, five of the participants had the opportunity to pitch for seed funding.

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At the end of the contest, Book Clan Knowledge Hub, led by Samuel Onyeledo and No box Initiate led by Abdullahi Ibrahim, were awarded seed grants of N1 million each to set up and expand their initiatives.

According to the CEO, Teach for Nigeria, Folawe Omikunle, the organisation is focused on enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort to expand educational and life opportunities for all children in Nigeria.

“This initiative is part of the global teach for all network of over 45 independent partners, working to increase and accelerate the impact of social enterprises and ensure that all children have opportunity to attain excellent education”

Omikunle added; “Teach for Nigeria is on a mission to address the issue of educational inequity in the country. We believe that supporting our alumni with funding to scale their initiative would bring us closer to a Nigeria where all children can attain quality education”.

She reminded that the organisation selects and trains promising graduates and professionals to address educational inequity across Nigeria through a two years fellowship programme.

“Fellows that successfully complete the programme become Teach For Nigeria Alumni and they are provided with the needed support to build on their experience during the fellowship to continue to drive long-term systemic change across the education ecosystem.

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source: Guardian