The Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG-4) is the education goal. It comprises 10 targets all hinged on ensuring inclusive equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Specifically, target 4.c of the goal aims at significantly increasing the supply of qualified teachers especially in developing countries through teachers’ training.
In sync with the SDG 4 targets, the TY Danjuma Foundation is supporting projects that sharpen the ability of teachers for effective classroom delivery of curriculum to learners. Specifically, in the 2020 grants cycle, the Foundation is supporting four teachers’ training projects in 4 states – Edo, Taraba, Kebbi, and Plateau.
As part of the project in Plateau state, the Foundation is partnering with Girls Mission Education International (GEMI) to implement a 5-day teachers’ training from October 5-10, 2020. The training is an important component of a project that seeks to eliminate the root causes of the learning crisis in the northern senatorial zone of the state by building the requisite skills and knowledge of 120 teachers to effectively deliver quality lessons to pupils in all public schools.
This is a first of a kind intensive training for teachers in public schools in the northern senatorial zone of the state. The faculty is drawn from highly qualified facilitators and professors in the education sector from universities across Nigeria with vast experience in teachers’ training.
Speaking at the opening of the training on the importance of sustainable teachers’ training, the Acting CEO of the TY Danjuma Foundation, Gima Forje underscored that “the involvement of government is critical in ensuring a sustainable training and supply of qualified teachers in public schools across the state.” While thanking the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board for supporting the project, he noted that involving local communities and government in all its projects was a core value of the TY Danjuma Foundation aimed at ensuring effecting participation, ownership, unity in development and upholding of approved standards by all partners.
Importantly, this historic training was scheduled to coincide with the commemoration of the 2020 World Teachers’ Day on October 5 – a day set aside to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO recommendations concerning the status of teachers. As part of this celebration, the TY Danjuma Foundation also donated textbooks and other instructional materials to schools in the Plateau state through the 120 teachers being trained.