NEDC’s Education Endowment Fund Commences Another Refresher Training for 1,800 Public School Teachers 

By Abdulkareem Haruna

The Northeast Development Commissioning, Nigeria’s leading intervention agency, on Monday, Jan.23, commenced yet another refresher training for public school teachers in Borno and other five states of the subregion. 

The training programme, idealised and designed by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) unit of the NEDC, is the second phase of training for teachers and administrators in public schools. 

The EEF Board of Trustees was inaugurated on the 7th of August 2020 as a specialised body that could fast-track NEDC’s intervention in the education sub-sector in the North East Geo-political zone, which the a decade-old Boko Haram insurgency has ravaged. 

The Humanitarian Times can report that the more than 13-year-old armed conflict has claimed the lives of well over 2,295 teachers and destroyed more than 1,400 classrooms across the northeast region. This attack on the public education system has adversely impacted the quality of learning and diminished access to education in the northeast. 

It was in response to these gaps that the NEDC’s EEF, according to the Chairman of the Board, Asma’u Mai-Eka Mohammed, considers it “of utmost importance to enshrine a system that will ensure the delivery of a sound and functional education, especially in a society that was ravaged by Boko haram insurgency for over a decade.”

The board chairman said 1,800 teachers had been trained in the first phase, and another batch of an equal number would be re-coached in the second phase for two weeks. 

Mrs Mohammed was also excited to disclose that the Board and Management of the Commission have developed and completed the execution of other programmes to address critical needs like “Provision of classrooms, desks and essential learning materials to support the resuscitation of the comfortable learning environment at the basic educational level, in each of the 112 Local Government Areas of the North East, and a Phase 2 of the project is about to commence.

NEDC-EEF Board Chairperson and other dignitaries at the opening of the training. Photo credit: ThT

“In the first phase of our teacher training, 1800 teachers (300 per State) were traineone-weekne week,” she said. 

Mrs Mohammed said stemming from the feedback received, and lessons learnt from the appraisal of the first outing, the duration of the training has been increased to two weeks with more emphasis on core subject areas. 

“Additionally, to ensure more attention on teachers, we limited the slots for administrative staff to only 15 each for the Primary and Junior Secondary School segments. 

“To guarantee value for money, we have enshrined 13 cardinal points, ranging from quality of training manuals, method of delivery, and strict monitoring of attendance of the participants, amongst others. Upon this, our consultants will be assessed to determine their effectiveness and prospects for future engagement by us.

The eloquent board chairman said, “the Chairman, Managing Director, Board Members and the Management of the North East Development Commission are sparing no effort in giving us the needed moral and financial support in our quest to restore education in the North East to a footing that we all require to guarantee lasting peace, security and development within the North East. 

“This will surely complement the NEDC and in no distant future immensely contribute towards achieving the strategic objectives of the Commission.”

The consulting firm for the training in Borno state, LIMO Holdings, Nigeria Limited, said the 300 participants would be trained in Borno state for two weeks. He noted that the same number of participants spread across the other five subregion states. 

Declaring the Workshop Open, the Managing Director and CEO of NEDC, Goni Alkali, who was represented by a General Manager, Mrs Saadatu Shehu, said the two weeks of training was in line with the core mandate of the Commission, which is to tackle all manners of illiteracy in the northeast, in its quest to achieve enhanced human capacity, capital development in the region through scholarships. 

“As ementionedentione,d short-term capacity-building improvement of primary education has been the reason the EEF was created under the humanitarian directory to ensure excellent learning and teaching in our educational institutions. 

“The two weeks capacity building for the teachers is an intervention strategy, and it is expected that the teachers will be motivated for self-efficacy and performances.” 

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