FBNBank Ghana and the 1 Million Teacher NGO have trained the first batch of 50 teachers drawn from various learning institutions in Ghana under the 1 Million Teacher project. The project was launched some few months ago to enhance the quality of education in the country.
The participants who were made up of owners of educational institutions, heads of institutions as well as teachers across the country were taken through different forms of teaching practicals and drills designed and facilitated by some officials from the Queen’s University in Canada.
Identifying various talents in pupils, understanding and meeting academic needs of children as well as smart bonding exercises were some of the training tips imparted to the participants.
Speaking at the training programme, the FBNBank Ghana Limited Managing Director, Mr. Gbenga Odeyemi expressed the bank’s excitement in partnering with the 1 Million Teachers Project and the Queen’s University to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in Ghana since it will go a long way in shaping the future of the country.
“The bank has always been at the forefront of human development and empowerment and the partnership with the 1 Million Teachers project aligns with the bank’s corporate ideals as it aimed at supporting teachers in their development quest across the country and Africa as a whole.”
Mr. Odeyemi said, the bank is very well positioned to help ease the pressure teachers go through in their quest to pay for their training. He stated that the bank has created platforms that teachers can take advantage of when enrolling to be part of the 1 Million Teacher project.
Professor Jane Chin from the Faculty of Education at the Queen’s University, Canada, said, as an institution of higher learning, one of their core aims is to invest in teachers by giving them the requisite learning skills to enable them impart to the millions of children that come their way. She also indicated that due to the high level of sustainability of the project, the University was committed to replicate same in other African countries having already facilitated a similar project in Cote d’Ivoire.
Mr. Hakeem Subair, CEO of the 1 Million Teachers NGO, in expressing his appreciation to FBNBank Ghana and the Queen’s University said the project has a core objective of training 1 million teachers in the next three years across sub Saharan Africa with Ghana being a focal point. “Ghana is very strategic to this objective because it’s easier to build a model foundation that can be replicated in other African countries” he said.
Hakeem added that currently the project is running in 12 countries with Nigeria having the largest number of teachers in the programme.
FBNBank Ghana is a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited. FirstBank operates an extensive distribution network with over 750 business locations (623 branches, 61 quick service points and 69 cash centers/agencies), over 2,500 ATM’s and over 9 million customer accounts.
The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services and has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBNBank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank DR Congo, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank Sierra-Leone and FBNBank Senegal as well as its Representative Offices in Abu Dhabi and Beijing.