On the occasion of BNET’s annual general meeting held on 19th July, one of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Mr. Fola Adeola, a co-founder of Guaranty Trust Bank, delivered a lecture on ‘redesigning the teacher for the 21st century’, urging Nigeria to leapfrog the shortcomings of its education system by embracing innovative models centred on teachers as facilitators rather than dictators of learning.
Mr. Adeola’s address was delivered to an audience of distinguished guests including members and friends of the trust including Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Ambassador George Oguntade CFR, as well as BNET’s patron His Excellency Dr. Dalhatu Tafida.
Stressing the importance of teachers in the school system Mr. Adeola said:
“I strongly believe we need to focus on the teacher because the teacher is the single most important factor in the school, more than the building, more than technology. Nigeria’s primary school student-teacher ratio is (1:40) Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, 2014). Based on this, one teacher will impact on average 40 students, 100 teachers would impact 4, 000 students and so on. This is the potential reach and impact a quality teacher could have in a broken education system” Read the full transcript here
Mr. Adeola commended BNET’s programmes focused on teacher training, as well as support for digital learning centres.
Following his lecture, he took questions from the audience and encouraged both Nigerian diasporans and home-based Nigerians to engage with and partner with BNET in supporting Nigerian teachers and educators.