The National Teachers Institute, Kaduna was established in 1976 primarily because of the pressing need in the country for trained, qualified teaching staff at all levels of the educational system.
It is the national agency charged with the responsibility of upgrading teachers skills in Nigeria, especially at primary and secondary level. Therefore, the importance for BNET to work with the NTI is paramount especially as BNET concentrates its efforts on training primary school teachers.
To provide courses of instruction leading to the upgrade, development and certification of Nigerian teachers as specified in the relevant syllabuses using the distant learning systems.
To enhance the professional skills of serving teachers for high quality education delivery at primary and secondary levels with a view to uplifting the standard of the education system of the country.
To upgrade teachers knowledge and skills in curriculum implementation while instilling in them the virtues of dedication, loyalty, commitment, discipline and resourcefulness.
BNET Project Overview
Through its Tafawa Balewa Teacher Award Scheme BNET awards grants to successful participants in the NTI Distance Learning Programme. Every year the Trust selects a candidate from each State based on their performance indicators and their course fees are covered by the charity. Candidates are chosen from the top 5 students of every State by BNET Trustees and the selection criteria ensure a balance between male and female candidates, art and science subjects and religious knowledge. This approach allows BNET to cover educational training across all states in a non- discriminatory manner.
- In 2011 a further 37 teachers were selected to receive grants covering their course fees for the next 3 years. This raises the total number of teachers benefitting under this scheme to 111.
- BNET are evaluating a partnership with NTI to organise yearly “Train the Trainers” workshops in the six geopolitical zones of the country, so the trained teachers a can return to their respective states to train colleagues.