#WorldTeachersDay: Meet Kogi Lady Who Teaches Primary 1 To 6 Alone
The burden on her shoulders is huge and she is one of Nigeria's heroines that have not been recognised or even given an accolade.
She should be given a national award even to ensure that her labour is not in vain.
Jennet Akowe is what they call her in the community and she is a lady who seems to have sacrificed every other desire on the alter of a commitment to seeing young ones in her community get education, no matter how little and uncoordinated it might be.
She is from Apata, one of those Kogi State’s Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area deprived of all basic amenities, including network for phone calls and connection to the internet to reach the entire world.
The community is not alone and driving into everyone of them in the early hours of the morning, you could easily notice that the people are deprived of education.
Apata is just before Ugbedomagwu and nearly four hours drive from Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
The community has managed to build a Primary School for themselves and with the support of some Non-Governmental Organisations, the school has been maintained.
They do not have any Secondary school.
It has been said that the reward of teachers is in heaven and Jennet is just a typical example of such circumstance.
She is the headmistress, teacher and everything you could have in a school.
Jennet is an NCE holder and she is from Apata and the love for her people had kept her bound to her community.
Her routine is to wake up in the morning and go to the stream to get water, and then prepare to go to school to teach her pupil.
Her burden is only made lighter in the morning if she had fetched the water the previous day's evening.
The borehole that was provided by the government in the community has stopped working. The machine had become faulty and it has not been fixed since then.
Jennet struggles to teach the entire school with over 150 population, scheduling the days each class will have to receive their lessons.
"I derive joy teaching them and I am doing it to help my community, They deserve to be educated and this is just my little way of helping," a not too outspoken Jennet said when Bounce News' correspondent, Williams Osewezina, approached her.
The most surprising part of her service is that she was not on government's payroll.
Two Non-Governmental Organisations, ActionAid and the Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) had made provision to ensure the school continues to run.
Her salary comes from the community and a cassava processing plant that PIBCID and ActionAid had built for women in the community to aid them with the processing of their cassava.
The revenue generated from the plant is shared into three and one portion goes to the management of the school.
One part goes into the maintenance of the machine and the other could be given out to the women as loan should anyone of them need a loan.
Jennet said she would be delighted to get assistance from the government in form of more teachers coming to the community.
Some residents who are benefiting from the cassava plant said teachers had found it hard to stay in the community because of the lack of basic amenities, a situation that the government would need to look into.
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