European Union appropriates €5.4m on teachers’ training in Nigeria

The European Union, EU, has announced an investment of an additional €5.4 million in building the capacity of teachers in Nigeria.

The move is in line with its commitment to crash the high number of out of school children in Northwest region of the country, thereby improving access to quality education and empowering youths.

EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, revealed this in Abuja at the official launch of the €4O million intervention programme on education and youth empowerment in North Western Nigeria through the Global Gateway initiative.

According to her, the additional fund was to ensure teachers get the necessary and upgraded skills and learning needed to nurture students armed with requisite knowledge to become an army of solutions to the many challenges confronting Nigeria and the continent in general.

She said: “Actually, this component is complemented by a €5.4 million euros separate programme that we signed today, which is dedicated to teachers for aiming to build their resilience and capacity in challenging environments. We have to remember that there is no education without teachers and that’s why we also have to invest in teacher training.

“The third objective of our programme is really that it empowers youth with the skills they need, providing vocational education as promoting behavioral change campaigns to challenge harmful social norms and empower girls.

Urpilainen further added that the European Union was equally out to provide vocational education and training for Nigerian youths in order to equip them with the necessary skills required to excel in the Labour market.

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