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Finalists Unveiled for Muhammad Sanusi II SDG Challenge

The represented countries in the programme include: Benin Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The Muhammad Sanusi II Sustainable Development Goals (MSII SDG) Initiative has unveiled the finalists of the 3rd round of the MSII SDG Challenge. 

A press statement on Wednesday revealed that about 1500 applications were received from 19 African countries, with an extensive evaluation process leading to the selection of 25 innovative educators who will join the esteemed 3rd Cohort of the MSII Incubator.

The statement read that: “Focused on empowering teachers with essential skills and funding, the MSII Incubation programme aims to nurture solutions that will positively impact sub-Saharan education systems. These finalists represent a diverse group of educators dedicated to driving meaningful change in the field of education and contributing to the advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the region.”

The statement added that: “In this year’s incubation programme, a total of 25 educators were selected, representing 8 countries from Eastern, Southern, and Western Africa. Among the participants, there are 16 female educators and 9 male educators, creating a diverse and inclusive cohort. The represented countries in the programme include: Benin Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Names of the finalists include; Naomi Mwazozo, Judy Mukami, Ifeoma Chime, Joy Ifeanyi, Robert Okiror, Nkiru Njoku, Claire Hazoume, Moira Alinah, Faridah Aminu, Martins Adegoke, Chisomo Kanthema, Afeez Iyiola, Lolade Ipele, Sandra Nkiya, Irene Nagudi, Matthew Imadiyi, Omoniyi Oke Job, Paul Mensah, Talatu Virtuous Pslot, Umar Hadiza, Esther Dockyoung, Zion Okpo, Shulammite Ajayi, Jennifer Obiorah and Oluwafunmi Oguntelure.

“During the momentous onboarding of members of the  MSII SDG Challenge Cohort 3, His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II addressed the finalists. In his speech, he said; “In overcoming obstacles, we need new and creative ways and this involves inculcating innovation and resilience as a key element of your leadership. Leaders do not only have to manage their energy, but that of the people they lead. It’s important for you as leaders to remain grounded, innovative and flexible amidst uncertainty and this program aims to provide you with all the tools that you require to not just catalyse your projects but to excel in your professional lives.”

The statement also added that: “Thanks to our incubation and accelerator programmes, we have already made a significant positive impact on more than 2,000 teachers, and this number continues to grow. By providing them with essential tools and resources, we are enabling these educators to create effective and engaging learning environments, benefiting nearly 50,000 children so far. Our ultimate goal is to consistently empower teachers, thereby enhancing the quality of education for children across sub-Saharan Africa.

“Looking ahead with great anticipation, we are excited to witness the transformation that will arise from the implementation of innovative projects by the educators of Cohort 3. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the educational landscape and contribute to a brighter future for the region.

“The MSII SDG Initiative is a non-profit organization in partnership with 1 Million Teachers that focuses on building the capacity of teachers to provide an inclusive learning experience and drive innovative  community projects by equipping teacher-Changemakers with resources, skills and networking opportunities.”

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

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