Written by Godfrey AKON

FG to establish teachers’ education development fund

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has hinted on efforts by the Federal Government to develop a framework for teachers’ education development funds account, TEDFA, to support teachers’ professional advancement.

Adamu, who spoke at a one-day stakeholders meeting in Abuja, said TEDFA will provide opportunities for teachers’ continuous professional development by ensuring that funds are used effectively to promote partnership among schools, teachers and organizations.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, the Minister expressed confidence that teachers across the nation would be supported by the teachers’ education fund.

According to a statement from the Ministry, the minister further stated that the adoption of the United Nations 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, SDG, 2030 and African Union’s Agenda 2063 and Continental Education Strategy for Africa, CESA 2016-2025, opened up a fresh opportunity for continuous work in unison with the rest of the world to reposition the education system especially teacher quality and learning achievements.

Earlier, the Director of Tertiary Education in the Ministry, Mr. Joel Ojo, said the meeting was a follow up to an earlier meeting held by experts, where a framework on how to source funds for Sustainable implementation of TEDFA was developed in March 2018.

Ojo stressed that the Teachers Education Development Fund was a critical aspect of the national teachers’ education policy, NTED, which is aimed at complementing efforts of the federal government in repositioning the education sector by improving on the pre-service, in-service teacher education and continuous professional development.

He noted that no country can achieve greatness without significant and substantial investment in the education sector, adding that the ultimate goals of education can only be achieved through combined efforts of all stakeholders.

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