Canadian Group Offers Grants To 10 African Teachers

Ten teachers in Africa will recieve a grant worth CAD500 each from a Canada-based social enterprise, 1 Million Teachers (1MT).

Deposed Emir of Kano and Chairman of the Advisory Board of 1MT in Nigeria, Muhammad Sanusi II, in a statement in Lagos on Monday, said the grant is to support low-cost but high impact and scalable projects that enhance learning in communities.

Sanusi’s pet project, Sanusi II Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Challenge, is an annual social responsibility initiative with awards of 10 grants of 500 dollars each to teachers across Sub-Saharan African countries.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor states that the initiative is his personal contribution to the development of education and the realisation of SDGs four and five.

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“I am indeed excited about the project and its future impact on education sector. This is my personal contribution to the realisation of the SDG four and five, which are centred around ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, promote lifelong learning opportunities for all and achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls”.

“In the coming years, the grants will progressively grow in number and amount through an endowment fund and participation of family and close associates, who believe and share the same ideas about education,” Sanusi stated.

The organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Hakeem Subair, disclosed that the initiative is expected to elicit massive changes.

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“This is one initiative, where a seemingly small intervention by way of support to teachers’ community learning enhancement project can trigger massive outcomes in enhancing the quality of learning, particularly for girls and reduction of poverty around the world,” he added.

1MT operates in 12 African countries that provide access to high quality teacher education to severely under-served communities around the world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

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