The EdoState Government at the weekend launched the commencement of recruitingteachers to serve in rural and coastal communities in the state under aprogramme tagged Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results (EdoSTAR). TeachingFellowship Programme.

TheEdoSTAR Teaching Fellowship Programme is a three-year training and fieldexperience employment programme for teachers and aspiring teachers who would bemigrated into the state’s civil service upon satisfactory performance in theprogramme.

Executive Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Joan Osa Oviawe, in a statement, noted that the EdoSTAR Teaching Fellowship Programme was open to those with or without teaching credentials.

“Thosewho have not received their teaching qualifications will be required to obtaintheir PGDE or PDE through the Edo State College of Education during the firsttwo years of the programme.

“TheEdoSTAR Teaching Fellowship Programme comes with a salary and performance-basedincentives and bonuses,” she added.

Oviawedisclosed that the purpose of the programme was to hire teachers to teach intheir communities, adding, “The minimum qualifications are NCE, HND, B.ED andB.Sc.”

ALSO, nofewer than 43 youths in the state benefited from the Federal Government’sVocational Training and Strategic Empowerment Scheme on Agricultural ExportProduce organised by the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM),under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Speakingat the opening ceremony in Igarra, Akoko-Edo Council Area, Director of Trainingat NCAM, Mohammed Sanni, said the programme was aimed at promoting agricultureand self-sufficiency among the youth.

Sannisaid the youth would undergo a three-day training on export produce, addingthat the beneficiaries would be empowered to start their agriculture exportbusinesses.

“Thetraining will expose the youth to exportable agricultural produce outside thecountry. It is a way of making the youth self-reliant and economicallyindependent by embarking on the business,” he said.

Addressingthe beneficiaries, representative of Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency in theHouse of Representatives, Peter Akpatason, said the initiative was aimed atempowering the youth economically to curb social vices in the constituency.

He saidthat the programme was in line with the Federal Government’s vision for foodsecurity and jobs creation, adding that each of the beneficiaries would begiven start-up cash of between N200,000 and N300,000.

He, however, advised the youth to make good use of the opportunity, adding: “The empowerment programme is in line with the objective of grooming the youth to become job-creators, rather than job-seekers.

“It ishoped that this will encourage the youth to take up other agriculturalactivities to empower themselves,’’ he said.