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Sprouting Great Ideas – Improving Teacher Education Training in Nigeria

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Image CC 2.0 Wasi Daniju

Equinox Fellows Iyinoluwa Aboeyji and Ola David have formed a powerful and innovative partnership to tackle a crucial piece of improving education outcomes in Nigeria: teacher training. An estimated 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school. Even those children who have access to and regularly attend school may not be truly engaged with their studies.

The partners are acutely aware of the lack of high quality teacher education programs within Nigeria where many teacher candidates are still being taught ineffective pedagogical methods from the last century. 

By combining their considerable individual and organizational resources – Iyinoluwa is the cofounder of Andela and Ola of Connect Academia – and establishing a partnership with 
Tai Solarin University of Education, they have developed an
impactful three-day workshop event for teacher educators. 

"High-quality teachers are a crucial part of a good education. Caring, capable teachers understand their students’ individual strengths and needs, and can tailor their guidance accordingly, giving each student the direction, motivation, and instruction they need in order to succeed."

- Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030

Image CC 2.0 Erik Hersman

This represents the first step in what they hope will be a paradigm shift in the process of training teachers in Nigeria. Through Connect Academia, a series of training and capacity building programs that focus on the foundations of teaching and learning, contemporary pedagogy for teacher education, and the use of technology in the class room are already in the works.

This training is designed to empower teacher educators through the use of innovative pedagogy to create teachers who are independent thinkers, that are capable of recognizing knowledge and analyzing it critically for the purpose of teaching learners effectively and; in-turn empowering their students to become capable of solving a wide range of societal challenges.


About the Equinox Fellowship

As a follow-up to the Forum of Future Leaders and Equinox Summit: Learning 2030, Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) offers Equinox Fellowships to 30 youth participants between the ages of 18 and 30. This program is presented in partnership with TakingITGlobal, one of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.

The Fellowship includes TakingITGlobal's Sprout e-course, an enhanced project-based learning experience. The course is offered free to Equinox Fellows through WGSI sponsorship. After graduation from the course, Equinox Fellows became eligible for a mentorship and grant funding opportunity that was subject to selection by a Steering Committee composed of representatives from WGSI, TakingITGlobal and MaRS Discovery District

Sprout E-Course

The Sprout e-Course is a 9-week online learning experience provided by TakingITGlobal, where participants are guided through four learning modules – Design, Plan, Connect, and Assess – and work toward developing assets to include as part of a Project Portfolio that will support transforming ideas into concrete actions. This course provides training in essential skills such as team building, project management, critical thinking, communications, and problem solving, to help plan and develop innovative projects.