Lagos govt introduces volunteer mentorship programme

Folasade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education

In a bid to improve school governance and administration in public schools, the Lagos State Government has introduced a Volunteer Mentorship Programme for public school teachers and administrators.

Retired and experienced school principals, teachers and administrators will be engaged to serve as mentors and will coach existing school personnel across the State.

Disclosing this during an interview at her Office, the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo revealed that this initiative is in line with Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s Education Transformation Plan aimed at improving the capacity of school personnel, adding that this programme will create opportunities for education stakeholders to support the government in mentoring the present and upcoming teachers/ school administrators.

According to the Commissioner, “This programme will enhance the productivity of our teachers and principals with consequential improvement in the performances of pupils and students in the State”.

Mrs Adefisayo stressed that the volunteer mentorship programme is open to retired permanent secretaries, directors, principals and teachers of private and public institutions of learning who through years of experience in the education sector can collaborate with the State Government to improve the education system in the State.

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She opined that the selected mentors will engage their mentees on contemporary teaching methods, leverage on feedback for improved performance and work with the school principals for effective and efficient management in their respective schools.

While speaking, the Commissioner urged interested professionals to apply through the “Teachers Mentoring Corp Project” on the Lagos State Volunteer Corp website or through a link on the State Government’s Portal and all social media handles of the Ministry @lasgeducation.

In addition, Adefisayo affirmed that through the online process, qualified professionals will be shortlisted, briefed and provided handbooks for the designated assignment.

She concluded that the programme will commence in June and appealed to retired education stakeholders to see this as an avenue of opportunity to impact and contribute significantly to the growth of the education sector.

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