The North East Development Commission – Education Endowment Fund (NEDC-EEF) says it has trained 1,800 teachers to enhance access to quality education in the region.
The Chairman of the fund, Hajiya Asmau Mohammed said this at the inauguration of a two-week training exercise on Monday in Maiduguri.
She said the exercise organised by the fund in collaboration with Limo Holdings Nigeria Ltd is designed to train 300 basic and post basic school teachers.
Mohammed said that the fund had trained 1,800 under the first phase of the training exercise drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.
The Chairman said the fund was established in 2020, to address poor human development indices, high illiteracy rate and high poverty level in the region.
“According to the UNDP Human Development Report (2018), this shows that the North-East region lags behind other regions in terms of overall Human Capital Development.
“The broad aim of the fund is to develop sufficient human capital to acquire the adequate capacity for infrastructural and socio-economic development of the North-East region.
“To achieve its goals, the fund has set out core areas of intervention in its programme to include training of teachers in the basic education sector, development of the basic education sector by providing infrastructure and learning materials,” she said.
She also listed other interventions to include award of scholarships, organising of sports competition, campaign-against drug abuse, psychosocial care for traumatised teachers and students, empowerment programmes and improving the capacity of health workers in the zone.
The NEDC’s Managing Director, Mr Mohammed Alkali said the Commission established the fund inline with the Act governing its operations to tackle illiteracy.
Alkali was represented at the event by Hajiya Sa’adatu Shehu, a member of the Commission.
Also speaking, Prof. Bulama Kagu, Chairman, Borno State Universal Basic Education Board, lauded the fund for its education support.
He said the intervention impacted positively in the education sector in line with the policy of the state government.
On his part, Dr Lawan Bukar, Chairman, Limo Holdings Nigeria Ltd, said that the participants comprised 150 basic school teachers, 150 post basic school teachers and head teachers.
According to him, the training manual has been developed by a team of experts based on guidelines set out by the education endowment fund.