NEDC launches education fund to train 1,800 teachers
Story from Najibullahi ADAMU, Gombe
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) Wednesday disclosed that it would organise training for not less than 1,800 teachers of basic education and school administrators from the six northeastern states of Nigeria on modern teaching techniques.
The Acting Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Commission, Hajiya Asma’u Mohammed, disclosed this in Gombe State while launching the Education Endowment Fund initiated by the commission for the educational development of the region.
She said already 1,800 teachers had been trained in the first batch of the training, adding that the second batch which would include school administrators would soon hold.
On the Education Endowment Fund, the chairman explained that it is a scholarship scheme aimed at addressing the educational needs of the zone.
She said a portal would be opened for all interested applicants from the northeast to apply even as she promised that the beneficiaries would be selected on merits.
“The governing board approved the establishment of the Education Endowment Fund on the 12th of December 2019 and inaugurated its board of trustees in August, 2020.
“This is to chart a robust support trajectory for the recovery of our decaying education infrastructure and human resource base. It targets several areas including teachers training, resource mobilisation, scholarship and grants, technical, vocational and educational training, and special projects; which will involve campaign against drug abuse, cultism as well as the promotion of sports in the schools”, she noted.
Also speaking, the managing director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, said the commission had since its establishment embarked on the rebuilding of the northeast, adding that it was currently reconstructing the Gombe to Kirfi road in Bauchi state in order to enhance socio-economic activities between Bauchi and Gombe states.
In his speech, Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state, represented by his Deputy, Dr Manassah Jatau commended the commission for its various interventions in the state but pleaded that more still needs to be done to improve the lives of the people of the region.