I think Joyce's visit this enabled her to straddle urban-based well equipped schools and my rural schools where children's classroom furniture is still a challenge, never mind teaching aids for teachers. I also suspect there was more participation for urban teachers but more enthusiasm from rural teachers (Joyce please correct me if I am wrong here). In the rural schools where I accompanied Joyce, this was the first time ever, they were hearing of CPD and one of the Government reps who attended a session asked me to explore with him how the Kaduna State Government may buy into the program. He was worried that if and when the opportunity arrives the State, rural schools may not be included. I assured him of consistent Fantsuam Foundation partnership in making advocacy with the policy makers to ensure that we build on this enthusiasm and momentum.
Already, Fantsuam has been in touch with the DFID program, ESSPIN which is building capacities of communities to become more proactve in the management of public schools. We are hopeful that with ESSPIN endorsement, and its specific focus on rural schools, the Kaduna State Government will buy in fully into the program
I am hopeful that this will be the beginning of many trips to northern Nigeria for Joyce