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How to Apply for the Teach for Nigeria Fellowship

Let me guess, you are here because you want to know How to Apply for the Teach for Nigeria Fellowship right? Well, you are on the right page. Let me tell you a short story of the importance of Teach for Nigeria Fellowship.

Whilst I was in secondary school, although I was in the sciences, I never got to see the four walls of a laboratory let alone identify important chemicals. How I was able to ace my exams all through school was a miracle. Many people who didn’t have an experience such as mine most probably paid heavily to access education.

In fact, I know many people whom I went to school with that have sworn not to allow their children school in Nigeria. They don’t even mind sending them to a neighboring country. That’s how bad it has gotten these days. There’s still hope because an organization like Teach for Nigeria exists.

About Teach for Nigeria:

They’re an organization passionate about building a nationwide movement of leaders to provide an excellent, equitable education to all of Nigeria’s children, starting from under-served schools.

That being said, to join the movement in becoming a Change Maker, you have to first apply for the Teach for  Nigeria fellowship. More importantly, how you apply also determines whether you’re picked for the fellowship or not.

Eligibility for Teach for Nigeria Fellowship

But before you proceed with the application, you should confirm your eligibility status first. You are eligible to apply for this fellowship if you:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any field.
  • Have completed NYSC or will complete it by July 2023.
  • Are a Nigerian.
  • Have a minimum of second class upper (2:2 degree holders might be considered).
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Now that you know this, let’s jump straight to how to apply for the fellowship.

How To Apply

  • Go to teachfornigeria.org/apply
  • It is a one page form where you fill in your name, phone number, status, religion, state of residence, state of origin, citizenship, degree, NYSC completion status and how you heard about the scholarship.
  • Click on submit and wait for a response via your email address or any other platform the application review team deems necessary.

There’s a stage two of the application process that you will have to go through and I have provided helpful tips in this article to help you ace it too. You can find it below.

Further application tips:

⇒ Before starting, make sure to carefully read the application instructions.

⇒ Teach For Nigeria seeks applicants who can show their leadership potential during the application process. You will therefore be required to write three essays outlining your leadership experience, motivation, and long-term objectives. When responding to the application essays, TFN suggests that you follow the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, and Result).

⇒ You must think back on your prior experiences and future objectives in this section. Take your time and thoroughly edit your essays.

⇒ Mention your individual accomplishments over the years.

⇒ Share your work and volunteer experiences.

⇒ Submit your genuine birth certificate, S.S.C.E. (WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB), NYSC, and bachelor’s degree certificate (only the statement of results from 2018 will be considered).

⇒ Check for grammar mistakes in your application by proofreading it.

⇒ “Don’t overstate your accomplishments”: Never tell a lie on an application. You might get caught if you do so throughout the selection procedure.

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⇒ Those who successfully complete the registration and application processes will receive an invitation to take an online aptitude test.

Note that, how well you perform during your test will determine if you’re picked for the fellowship or not.

Just in case you still have gray areas concerning everything you need to know about TeachforNigeria, the application process and the fellowship, I have compiled some frequently asked questions which will provide you with more information about it.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TEACH FOR NIGERIA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM.

– How long will the fellowship take me?

It will take 2 years to complete the fellowship program.

– What happens after the fellowship?

Teach For Nigeria Fellows become TeachForNigeria’s  alumni and join a network of formidable leaders across over 50 countries around the world

Alumnis are supported in their personal and professional interests towards further education or careers as they become influencers, visionaries, advocates, entrepreneurs and active participants in the education ecosystem.

– What subjects will I teach?

TeachForNigeria Fellows are placed in primary and secondary schools and will be required to teach subjects from the Nigerian school curriculum.

For primary schools, you will be teaching three (3) basic subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Basic Science.

For secondary schools, you will be required to teach subjects inline with your course of study.

– Does TeachforNigeria provide accommodation?

Teach For Nigeria does not provide accommodation for Fellows.

However, accommodation is provided during the summer training institute which all prospective Fellows must attend.

– Is the fellowship a full-time position?

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Yes, the TeachforNigeria Fellowship is a full-time position and will follow the Nigerian School Calendar. The school session in Nigeria runs from September to July.

– Will I be trained before I start the fellowship?

TeachforNigeria will work relentlessly to ensure that all Fellows have the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their students towards achievement.

The TeachforNigeria Fellowship begins with a six-week residential training program. Here, Fellows are exposed to curriculum, lesson planning, and classroom facilitation and student assessments among other modules, sessions and keys to successful teaching.

– Will I be paid for the fellowship?

Yes, every fellow will be compensated duly during the fellowship program.

– Do I need any teaching experience to be considered for the fellowship?

No. Many of the Fellows come from academic backgrounds outside of Education without any prior teaching experience.

During the training programmes, fellows are  empowered with the necessary knowledge and skills to do well in the classroom.

– I am a teacher in a public school in Nigeria, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, if you already possess an Education Qualification to teach in public schools, you are eligible to apply for the Fellowship.

That’s all you need to know about the application process and the fellowship.

Thank you for choosing to be a Change-Maker in the educational sector. I wish you success in your application process.

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