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 awards cash prize to teacher Lucy Ohugboche
BNET continues to support the training of teachers through its Tafawa Balewa Teacher Award scheme that sponsors successful participants enrolled on the NTI Distance Learning Programme. This is a 4-year course and one teacher from each State is selected on the successful completion of the first semester's examinations. The course fees for the remaining three years are funded by the Trust and as an incentive to others a cash award is given to the Overall Best Continuing Student. The last winner was teacher Lucy Ohugboche and at an impressive ceremony hosted by the Director General Professor Dr Aminu Laden Sharehu, OON NPOM FNIM FICEN held in the prestigious Conference Centre at the NTI offices in Kaduna BNET Chairman Mr David Brandler accompanied by Professor Kabiru Isyaku, OON mni presented Lucy with her gift of N50,000. The presentation took place on Tuesday 5 May 2015 and the ceremony may be viewed here.
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 for years 2-4 are covered by the charity. Candidates, who must already have enrolled in the 4-year course, are chosen from the top performing 5 students of every State in year one by BNET Trustees. The selection criteria ensures 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. The inaugural group of 37 teachers were awarded their grants in 2007.
- In 2011 a further 37 teachers were selected to receive grants covering their course fees for the next 3 years. This raised the total number of teachers benefitting under this scheme to 111.
- In 2013 and again in 2014 further awards were given to new intakes of qualifying teachers increasing the total number of teachers who have benefitted under this scheme to 184.