In 2015, while Teach For Nigeria was still in its early stages of development, I visited Pune, India along with my fellow early stage entrepreneur Kassaga Arinaitwe of Teach For Uganda. We were there to learn from Teach For India’s successes and challenges operating in contexts with great economic and educational inequity.
During the trip, we visited classrooms, met with Fellows, alumni and staff, and learned many things from Teach For India that have informed our work at Teach For Nigeria. One of my biggest takeaways was around what to look for when recruiting Fellows and hiring staff:
- Look for people with a sense of transformation & a sense of possibility
- Look for learners
- Look for humble people
We had a meaningful session with Teach For India’s CEO, Shaheen Mistri. I was inspired by her powerful message which centered around the importance of keeping the children at the core of everything we do.
Most inspiring for me, however, were our meetings with Teach For India alumni. They set the foundation for my conviction in this work. These alumni, along with the Fellows, staff, and Shaheen, gave me a sense of possibility.
Nigeria has so much in common with India and this experience solidified my conviction that, indeed, we can make this happen for Nigeria.
—Folawe Omikunle, CEO, Teach For Nigeria