Windsor educator aims to train one million teachers in Africa
4,000 teachers have been trained so far through the 1 Million Teachers program
Hakeem Subair, the CEO of 1 Million Teachers, is on a mission to train thousands of teachers in Africa to develop their skills, instill motivation and encourage more people to enter the profession.
The goal is to reduce the continent's shortage of teachers.
After moving to Windsor from Nigeria, Subair said he could not stop thinking about the challenges the country faced in terms of its education system.
"In most cases, teachers don't want to be teachers," said Subair, adding "they're not very well paid."
1 Million Teachers offers training online where teachers can access it through mobile phones, tablets and their desktop.
The program also offers financial incentives, providing stipends for completing the program.
"The idea is to start with a group of dedicated people, get them through this very rigorous program where they become resource persons themselves," said Subair.
Interestingly, after achieving the third black belt level, teachers move back down to white belt again, signifying the idea that "the more you know, the more you find out that you don't know," according to Subair.
He says teachers have a great impact on society, adding that the continent faces such issues including child soldiers, climate change and poverty, and by investing in education, they're investing in Africa's future.
The program's first cohort of high-potential black belt teachers graduated earlier this month, having enrolled in the program in 2017 when the program launched.
Subair will be returning to Windsor tomorrow from his month-long trip in Africa, where he visited Nigeria, Rwanda, Botswana and South Africa.