- May 23, 2017
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- Category: News, Volunteering, Workshop
The training which was held on April 8, 2017 started with a detailed recapitulation of System Thinking by Mr Muyiwa Kotila, Regional Director of OAC Ibadan.
Gift Agboro, Programs Director of OAC Ibadan talked about the possible problems we might face in promoting the ESD program in schools as planned especially in working with public schools. Some solutions were raised and certain questions were left unanswered for us to ponder on and think up likely solutions.
Then, the first facilitator, Mrs Chineze Oluwasina of Girls Afrique, came up to facilitate a session on Gender and Education. She also offered solutions to the problem raised earlier on. One of the proposed solutions was the inclusion of school teachers in facilitation processes by giving them slots too and having a round table talk with teachers to make them aware that we are not coming to say their methods are wrong but we just want to profer methods that could improve their facilitation.
Then she started off on the talk on gender and education. We were made to understand that sex is different from gender and that gender roles can shift. She stressed on the need for excellent communication skills; allowing students to be free and not stifle their emotions in the process of learning. She enjoins us not to be bias and place expectations on students just based on their gender. She mentioned that one of the challenges we face in Africa is Leadership because a lot of people misunderstand sex from gender roles. As educators, we are to place no limitation on children students based on their sex.
We took a break and did some games on social and racial acceptance. It was educative and fun.
Then the second facilitator, Mr. Babatunde Vaughan, took the topic ‘Human Centered Pedagogy (HCP).’ He defined it as a guided facilitation inspired by learners. It gives the power back to the learner, places the learner at the center of the teaching. Human centered pedagogy is empathic. It is collaborative. It consists of lifelong learning life skills, problem based learning and interest mapping. We were made to understand that we learn in school to transform the world. Human centered pedagogy brings teaching to the root of every child. We learnt about life skills which involve communication, problem solving, creativity, collaboration and problem based learning. We were taught about service based learning and the sum total of HCP is to make the child own his learning.