JRS Nigeria Train Teachers affected by Boko Haram
Before the global disruption caused by COVID-19, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Nigeria had been preparing to launch its new teacher training programme. The Teacher Training and Accelerated Learning programme provides teachers with the skills needed for improved teaching and quality education. Better teaching will benefit children in the area who have been affected by Boko Haram.
Impact of Boko Haram
Nigeria is home to 184 million people, almost half of West Africa’s population. It is also home to Boko Haram, one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world. Boko Haram has been waging an extremist Islamic attack on north-east Nigeria for over a decade. This conflict has devastated the lives of many, for instance, it has forced over 1.8 million people to leave their homes. Schools have been one of the main targets of the group. As a result, there has been a severe drop in quality of schooling provided. Boko Haram continues to threaten the success of the Federal Ministry of Education’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020, which aimed to wipe out illiteracy in Nigeria by 2025. In the north-east, where JRS supports victims of Boko Haram, almost one million children are out of school. Sadly, 611 teachers have been killed, and 19,000 people have been displaced.
Due to this urgent need for education, JRS’ programme focuses on improving literacy, numeracy and life skills. The programme focuses on out-of-school children, with the aim to support them into the mainstream school system when they finish. The two schools JRS selected for the programme were targeted by Boko Haram for promoting western education. The trainee teachers at the school have now received training and teaching materials. These were provided by support from Jesuit Missions’ generous donors.
We look forward to updating our supporters on the progress of these teachers and wish them every success.
Find out more about our programmes here.
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