Raising the next generation of educators

Prior to the commencement of EdoBEST, a state-wide schools census indicated that there were 11, 580 ECCDE/primary School teachers in Edo State. However due to retirement or voluntary exit, some teachers and principals left the system. This created gaps and necessitated the launch of Edo Supporting Teachers Achieving Results (EdoSTAR) Teaching Fellowship Programme, a recruitment model that has brought younger, more vibrant and competent teachers into the system. In January 2022 after a rigorous process involving application, Computer Based Testing (CBT), verification and through placement based on such criteria as community of residence, fitness to job role and subject matter specification, 3,000 EdoSTAR fellows were successfully placed across primary and junior secondary schools across the 18 local government areas. So far, a total of 1,123 EdoSTAR teachers deployed to junior secondary schools and 225 deployed to ECCDE/primary school were part of the EdoBEST induction training, signalling a new era for education in Edo State. The conclusion of training is a notable achievement considering the rigorous process that led to the selection of the EdoSTAR fellows. EdoSTAR is a unique three-year Teachers Professional Fellowship Programme put together for teachers (and aspiring teachers) in both Primary and Junior Secondary Schools. It aligns the learning of teachers with the contemporary demands of life and work while positioning them for further education anywhere in the world. The community of residence was a critical factor in the recruitment of candidates to ensure they teach closer to the communities they live in

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