Following the poor teacher/student ratio experienced in our public schools, an education management and human resource development organization known as VELTIO has initiated Teachers’ Volunteers Scheme TVS in a bid to intervene in the situation.
The intervention plan was made known recently by the Lead Volunteer, Mrs. Eunice Thomas.
Mrs. Thomas who is a former Commissioner for Education in the State noted that the intervention which is designed to support government quest for quality education in the State will be undertaken by recruiting, offering intensive training, and deploying volunteer teachers in specific subject areas to address existing vacant positions in public schools in the state.
While offering insight to the fact that the scheme is a non -governmental effort by a group of genuinely concerned persons who are passionate about raising the bar in the Nigerian education sector with special attention on quality, she pointed out the scheme will also serve as a platform for empowerment to complement current government efforts aimed at reducing the increasing rate of unemployment in Akwa Ibom State.
She added “We cannot rely on the contents of about four or even two decades ago to solve the challenges of today, bearing in mind that the Global community today, is dynamic, and accelerates at a speed that is faster than light.The TVS is a not-for-profit project. Basically wrapped in the concept of volunteerism, it runs on a firm conviction that greater successes that will be beneficial to all concerned can be recorded if citizens do not depend entirely on government to ‘cure’ their problems.
“In a situation such as this, we are strong advocates of self medication. We should be physicians unto ourselves. For the TVS and its volunteer programmes, we believe that devoting our time, committing our resources, offering our skills and energy towards rewriting the narrative on our education is a more effective and realistic way of achieving the desired change”.
The former Education Commissioner pointed out that the approach will provide person-to-person, teacher/student exchanges and quality educational opportunity for the less privileged, adding that the set of volunteer teachers who are endowed with requisite experience may then serve as a reservoir or what she described as ‘go to market’ for future recruitment by the public or private educational institutions.
The Lead Volunteer explained that since TVS is aimed at reducing the unfortunate teacher/student ratio in public schools, it will lead to improvement in the quality of teaching/learning, focusing on sustainable development goals even as it is also aimed at instigating effective delivery of quality instructions to meet global education standard, increase the number and proportion of children accessing and completing quality education in the State.
She mentioned that the organization has screened entries for volunteer trainees and have had over three thousand entries in the category but will be taking 350 volunteer trainees in their first batch and will have the rest saved up on their database.
According to the Lead Volunteer, TVS will be publicly unveiled on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Ibom Hall at 10am and has invited all education stakeholders, Akwa Ibom people and the general public to the occasion.