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Media Advisory - Media Advisory: Exhibition at the Tett celebrates education in Nigeria and local partnerships

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business, Queen's Faculty of Education, St. Lawrence College, the City of Kingston, and the Kingston Economic Development Corporation are coming together to find innovative solutions that improve and support quality learning experiences for children and youth in sub-Saharan Africa, especially girls in Nigeria, through an exhibition taking place at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

From June 2-29, 2022, the Muna Taro Gallery Exhibition, sponsored by the Tett Centre, will be open to the public for visits and tours.  Muna Taro, which means “We are coming together” is a collaboration between three organizations – 1 Million Teachers, Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative, and Girl Rising – that are focused on enhancing learning and training teachers and educators in Nigeria and 14 other African countries. The exhibit will be comprised of hand-painted jerry cans, photographs that illustrate the positive influence of art education, and the “My Story of Water” project which shares stories around safe access to water, sanitation, pollution, and the need to protect the environment.

1 Million Teachers was founded in Kingston by Hakeem Subair, an alum of Smith School of Business. The startup now plays an important role in enhancing learning and training of more than 23,000 teachers and educators in Nigeria and 14 other African countries.

In 2018, Queen’s University Faculty of Education entered a partnership with 1 Million Teachers to leverage our  teacher education expertise and to support curriculum development. Professors and students from the Bachelor of Education have visited Nigeria to further 1 Million Teachers’ mission of supporting education for women and girls. The 1 Million Teachers partnership helps create a global community of professional practice that encourages teaching and learning in Nigeria and beyond.

Queen’s University has also established strong ties with Nigeria through research and teaching exchanges, including the recent partnership between the Graduate Business School of Pan-Atlantic University in Nigeria and Queen’s Smith School of Business. Queen’s has a substantial number of students, alumni, and faculty affiliated with Nigeria.

In September, the Muna Taro Exhibition will travel to New York during the United National General Assembly. In March 2023, it will head to Cape Town, South Africa with Queen’s Faculty of Education students.   

What: Media is invited to view the Muna Taro Gallery Exhibition ahead of its official opening.

When: June 1, 1:00 -2:00 pm

Where: Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King St. West, Kingston, ON

Who: Available to speak to the media are:

  • Hakeem Subair, Founder and CEO, 1 Million Techers, and alum of Smith School of Business  
  • Abby Asekun ,Communications Director for the Nigeria-Canada Trade & Invest Group, & Muna Taro Program Director
  • Dr. Mariam Masha (Senior Special Assistant to the President on Humanitarian Interventions & CEO of the North East Children’s Trust)

Follow the link for more information on the Muna Taro Gallery Exhibition