Sterling Bank Plc and 1 Million Teachers, a Canadian educational technology start-up, have signed a partnership agreement to kick off a training programme for teachers in Nigeria.
According to a statement, the agreement also included the adoption of the learning curriculum by the bank.
It stated that 1MT recently signed an agreement with Queens University, Canada on its teacher education programme, which would be run by the school’s faculty of education, and deployed using traditional and online methods in developing countries starting from sub-Saharan Africa, with Nigeria being the leading participant.
The statement added that the 1 Million Teachers’ footprint had been registered in 15 African countries with more to be added before the end of 2018.
Commenting on the partnership, the Global Chief Executive Officer, 1MT, Hakeem Subair, represented by the Regional Director for West Africa, Oyeyinka Banjo, stated that the milestone partnership with Sterling Bank signposted the commitment of 1MT towards providing an enabling platform for the development and advancement of teachers in Africa.
“Education has been identified as a key driver for the eradication of poverty and economic rejuvenation of the African continent, and it is our belief that the training offered on the 1 Million Teachers’ platform added to the exposure to a world-class community of trainers and teachers, including performance rewards and exchange programmes that will motivate the teachers towards offering the best to their students,” he stated.
The Global Chief Commercial Officer, 1MT, Femi Adeniran, said the company was already in talks with key stakeholders and regulators of public and private educational institutions in Nigeria and other African countries where 1MT had its presence.