Introducing ESD to Young Educators in Ibadan

The training started at 11am with 21 youth facilitators in attendance. The training commenced with an introduction of participants and invited facilitators who shared practical lessons on ESD.

The first facilitator and Regional Director of OAC (Ibadan), Muyiwa Kotila introduced the topic on Ethical leadership using the African Leadership Academy BUILD MODEL. BUILD is a human-centered approach through which we intend to guide our volunteer teachers to train students to be agile thinkers who take a systemic, iterative approach to develop innovations that address the root causes of challenges. BUILD stands for Believe, Understand, Invent, Listen and Deliver.

Firstly, we train our students to see and be thankful for opportunities, we inspire them to dream big and take calculated risks with curiosity and determination to initiate positive change in their community. Once this is achieved, we take them through systems thinking to understand the affected community they may have identified and the systems in which they operate. After this, they go through the invention stage by engaging in an iterative, human-centered creative process of identifying and anticipating needs and rapidly inventing and testing possible solutions.

They seek and actively listen to feedback from their peers and potential stakeholders to improve their initial efforts and understand that learning from failure is a key to success. Finally, they are taught to critically evaluate solutions for long-term viability and sustainability to discover the greatest opportunities, mobilise resources, deliver with careful planning and measure the impact of the solutions on addressing the needs. The facilitation process took our volunteer trainers on a journey to bring creativity and innovation into the classroom.

The session continued with Roland Aiwone sharing his experience as a participant to the UNESCO Training on ESD in Nairobi. Roland took time to introduce ESD and the basic definition and qualities of a leader. The training was interactive as the participants had the opportunity to share their previous experiences and knowledge on ESD and Sustainable Development Goals. Roland also shared his knowledge on System Thinking. He explained the need to view components of a system as a whole and relating how individual components, can influence the decision on the appropriate solution. He emphasized this saying carbon as a single component of sugar molecule does not taste same way as the whole sugar molecule. He ended his facilitation with a practical exercise involving all participants.

 

The third facilitator was Mr. John Igwe from Jumpstart Academy who spoke on 21st-century teachers. Mr. John’s facilitation was mainly interactive with logical questions being asked and answers being provided by participants. He also demonstrated the need for a feedback system in our education system with participants taking part in a short exercise and demonstration process. He, however, emphasized the need of practicals to bring what is being taught into reality.

The training session was concluded with Question and Answers. In general, the workshop was highly successful as participants testified to the quality of the facilitations and what they benefited from the training. They also made commitments to be agents and tools for spreading the concept of sustainability in Nigeria and pledge to do their best in training community schools teachers to teach ESD.



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