The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has issued an Executive Waiver to admit a beneficiary of the N-Power programme in state, Ruth Ani, as the pioneer candidate in the Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results (Edo STAR) Teaching Fellows Programme.
The governor, who made the announcement on World Teachers Day, said the (Edo STAR) Teaching Fellows Programme is a three-year intensive training and field experience programme for teachers and aspiring teachers who will be transited into the State Civil Service on completion of the programme.
The governor praised Ruth Ani for her dedication to work even when she was not an employee of the state government.
Ani was considered for the honour on the basis of her dedication and outstanding performance in Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST)@home initiative in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.
According to Obaseki, the fellowship programme will “further institutionalise the EdoBEST programme. It is a unique 3-year Fellowship Programme, designed for teachers and aspiring teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools.
“The STAR fellowship programme aims to train and groom a new generation of school teachers who are passionate, technologically-savvy, transformative and societally conscious about nation-building through education.”
“It will expose participants to professional teaching skills, academic learning opportunities leading to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDE) in Education for those without teaching credentials,” he added.