Save the Children International (SCI) in partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) say out of 136 enrolled and registered volunteer teachers in 2021, 94 are successfully inducted into the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
The SCI Field Manager Mr. Mark Umaru made this known at the induction ceremony of 94 volunteer teachers by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) on Tuesday in Damaturu.
He said SCI through the GAC project recruited 178 volunteer teachers and posted them to the 60 project supported schools in Borno and Yobe.
The gesture according him was to support quality, gender responsive and culturally sensitive teaching and learning.
He added SCI in collaboration with TRCN, worked to establish Teacher’s Professional Development (TPD) services in both states.
The services, according him included various teacher capacity building trainings carefully designed and tailored to address the identified capacity gaps among the volunteer teachers.
“In November 2021 SCI enrolled and registered 136 volunteer teachers with TRCN for Professional Qualification Examination (PQE).
“Among them, 111 candidates passed the test and today 94 of these are proudly seated here to be inducted and present with certificates and licensees to practice as professional teachers.”, Umaru explained.
Mr. Ilya Joseph, who represented the SCI Education Manager said SCI had long discovered that children’s education is paramount.
He said for learning to take place effectively, teachers’quality should not be compromised.
“We have discovered that for these teachers to be recognised both nationally and at the state level, there is need for them to be registered with TRCN.”, he added.
In his remarks, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, the Registrar TRCN appealed government to offer the volunteer teachers permanent and pensionable appointments because of the skills and knowledge they had acquired.
Ajiboye represented by Mr Abinbola Ahmed also called on the inductees to behave professionally and in accordance with the ethics of the profession.