By Raphael Jov, Abuja
The Federal Government is developing a framework for Teachers’ Education Development Funds Account (TEDFA) to support teachers’ advancement in their chosen career.
This was disclosed by the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam AdamuAdamu at a one day stakeholders meeting held at the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, in Abuja.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono said that TEDFA was aimed at supporting teachers across the nation by providing opportunities for their continuous professional development by ensuring that funds are used effectively to promote partnership among schools, teachers and organizations.
He also stated that the adoption of the United Nations 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 and African Union’s Agenda 2063 and Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) opened up a fresh opportunity for continuous work in unison with the rest of the world to reposition the education system especially teacher quality and learning achievements.
Speaking earlier, Director Tertiary Education, Mr. Joel Ojo who read the Permanent Secretary’s address said that the meeting was pertinent as it was a follow up on the earlier meeting held by experts, where framework on how to source funds for Sustainable Implementation of TEDFA was developed in March 2018.
He noted that the Teachers Education Development Fund (TEDFA) is a critical aspect of National Teachers Education Policy (NTED) which aims at complementing the efforts of the Federal Government in repositioning the education sector by improving on the pre-service, in-service teacher education and continuous professional development.
He, however, stressed that no country can achieve greatness without significant and substantial investment in the education sector, adding that the ultimate goals of education can only be achieved through combined efforts of all stakeholders.
The meeting was attended by a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the education sector.