Teach for Nigeria

Teach for Nigeria is focused on developing a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity.

Millions of children in Nigeria lack access to an excellent education that will give them a successful future. This results in more and more people continuing to join the cycle of poverty, making it increasingly difficult for the nation to live up to its vision of a better future. Teach For Nigeria exists to change this narrative.

The Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is a transformational leadership program that equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classrooms in the communities we serve. 

The Teach For Nigeria model is based on the proven success of 40 country organizations including Teach For America, Teach First UK, Teach For Ghana, Teach For Bangladesh, Teach For Nepal and Teach For India, who are all part of the Teach For All network.

Participant: Folawe Omikunle- Executive Director 

Folawe Omikunle is the Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Nigeria. She graduated from Babcock University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy. Upon completion of her master’s degree at the Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster, she returned to Nigeria and took up an appointment as a School Administrator in a Montessori Pre-school in Lagos, Nigeria. In her journey to contribute to the education sector in Nigeria, Folawe joined the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN). As Executive Secretary of APEN, Folawe planned and led several teacher trainings workshops, conferences and professional development programs for educators and cultivated relationships with key government and education stakeholders. During her tenure at the APEN, Folawe continued to develop her Leadership skills through her participation in Leading Change Through Education Systems at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2015, Folawe joined Teach For Nigeria as Program Manager in its early stages. She quickly transitioned to become CEO in 2016, leading the start-up and driving the organizational development which led to the eventual launch of the organization in 2017. Folawe was named among the 100 most influential young Nigerians in 2017.