Bunmi Adedayo Foundation (BAF) is fixing the problem of quality education in Nigeria by retraining primary school teachers in the areas of lesson preparation, delivery, subject knowledge, teaching aids creation and school leadership. Through this intervention, each teacher accesses 6 workshops, 6 classroom-mentoring and 4 online-trainings in the same academic session. 300 teachers have benefited and BAF wants to train 750 more. 70,000 children annually access quality education because of this.
The World Bank reports that 80% of primary school leavers in Nigeria cannot read and write. This is not surprising as TRCN reported that only 40% of classroom teachers are qualified thereby making it difficult to deliver quality education to millions of children that pass through them. Due to economic hardship, primary education may be the only formal education that some of the children get. Primary education ought to be the best quality so that children will get a good foundation to build upon.
Public school teachers are hired by the Government and cannot be easily replaced. They will, therefore, be re-trained in areas where they are lagging behind. The BAF training is yearlong and immersive so participants are able to unlearn and learn the right skills. The post-training follow-up and one-to-one mentoring for teachers provide an opportunity to discuss specific challenges with their coach for a year. The 2018 pilot training revealed a 30% increase in student classroom performance.
At least 2700 students will be affected by one unqualified teacher in a space of 35 years in service. Re-training 1000 teachers will prevent having millions of half-baked school leavers. Our 2018 pilot is giving 18,000 children access to quality education annually through 300 teachers trained. By 2020, we will be helping 70,000 children access quality education. The impact is a society of school leavers who are able to read and write and qualified teachers who know enough to deliver quality.