The Story of Unsung Heroes
Group Photograph of the Executive Director, Dr. Stanley Ilechukwu, Principal of Government Technical College, Akpuoga Nike and some teachers.
Mar. 05, 2020
The impact of teachers in the world over cannot be overemphasized. For starters, they are the nurturers that build values in children who grow up to be world-changers. Aside parents, they have the largest influence on young minds. Which so many would argue and say that their influence rivals that of parents. This is often attributed to the fact that they have access to the child during their most productive part of the day as well as their formative years.
On this day in the world, especially this week, we take out time to celebrate teachers and
their impact on our communities. The theme of this year’s celebration, Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future is geared at raising the awareness of teachers this period to more innovative ways of teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. Especially technology-driven models that would enable them better prepared to handle the crisis.
At South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO), we recognize that teachers are pivotal and a key proponent if development must happen. Hence the need to ensure that they are well equipped to impart children. Seeing that SSDO’s work revolves around women, youth, and children. And if development is to happen, it must start at the grassroots, right? For us at SSDO, we are not just celebrating teachers, but walking the talk by adding value.
Ray Of Hope in the Pandemic
The scourge of the Covid-19 has been felt by all sectors and Education hasn’t been left out. Schools in the country have been shut for about 6 months thus crumpling the learning system, altering the calendar, and causing a delay in the graduation time of students. Final year students in secondary school were preparing for their external examinations when the pandemic hit home. Thankfully, schools have resumed and these students need to be up and about their preparation for their exams.
However, the pandemic caused a financial crisis that crippled the economy and as well affected the ability of parents to muster resources to aid this preparation. This is where SSDO comes in. The organization in partnership with the Development Research and Projects Center (DRPC) is making an education grant available to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
DRPC, who is focused on social sector development particularly the educational sector is making grants available to selected technical and vocational schools nationwide in preparation for the
NABTEB examinations. And as such have partnered with SSDO, as their link-up partner for Enugu state. The selected school for Enugu is Government Technical College, Akpuoga Nike, located in Enugu East LGA.
The funding is targeted at helping the school make extra lessons available, procuring past questions, and textbooks to aid studying and improve the overall performance of the students in the examination. Also, the funds will be targeted at getting resources for the practical sessions of the examinations. Furthermore, the funds will also be channeled towards ensuring that PPEs such as face masks and sanitizers are acquired to ensure that the safety of the students is guaranteed during the examination period.
File Image: The Executive Director and the Principal formalizing the details
The award was presented on the 14th of September by the Executive Director of SSDO, Dr. Stanley Ilechukwu on behalf of DRPC. Dr. Stanley said, “One of SSDO’s mantras is making quality education accessible to communities across the South Eastern landscape. This birth the partnership with DRPC to identify the most deserving technical school in the state.” The NABTEB examination is slated to run from the 21st of Sept to the 15th of Oct 2020.
We are not just concerned about momentary significance but long-term impact. This has led us to develop a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) conference themed “Leveraging the Strengths of Formal and Informal TVET to Improve Competencies of Nigerian Youth for Productive Employment” after the NABTEB examination aimed at bridging
the gap between fresh graduates and the working sector.
This conference would help the students understand the requirements needed to effectively transition from the educational environment to the working sphere.