Folawe Omikunle is the CEO of Teach for Nigeria, a part of the Teach for All network made up of 46 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations working to develop “collective leadership in classrooms and communities around the world.”
This is done by recruiting and assembling a coalition of teachers who address education challenges holistically, whether in the school, or outside.
Folawe is a graduate of International Law and Diplomacy from Babcock University. After her masters degree program at the Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster, she returned to Nigeria and took up an appointment as a School Administrator at a Montessori Pre-school in Lagos, Nigeria.
The realties about the inequity in the education sector dawned on her after an orphaned child was enrolled in her school, and this made her resolve to contribute her quota in reducing it. She enrolled at Modern Montessori International, London for a Diploma in Montessori Education and later joined the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN) as a Program Coordinator. She later became the organization’s Executive Secretary.
She joined Teach for Nigeria in 2015 as its Program Manager, contributing in the set up, planning and organization of the organization from inception. In 2016, she became its CEO.
In her capacity as the CEO of Teach for Nigeria, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that marginalized children have access to quality education and opportunities for them to maximize their potential
Through its Teach for Nigeria Fellowship the platform recruits and trains Nigeria’s graduates and young professionals of all academic disciplines to work as full time teachers in underserved schools in poor communities. The fellowship is described as a “transformational leadership program that equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classrooms in the communities they serve.”
Teach for Nigeria supports and develops teachers, cultivates collective leadership, and shares innovative ideas that will help children in these communities thrive. It is focused on developing a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity.
We celebrate Folawe for dedicating her life to tackling Nigeria’s education challenges, especially as it concerns under served communities.
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