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.
FIRST ESD TRANING FOR YOUTH EDUCATORS IN LAGOS
On March 25, 2017, OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning brought together 15 young education leaders in Lagos to learn about Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The training of trainers was facilitated by Victoria Ibiwoye, based on the knowledge and skills received at the UNESCO Regional Training on ESD held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Victoria started with an introduction of OAC’s theme for the year tagged “Empowering Teachers to teach ESD”. She read out the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which the UN wants to achieve by 2030, stating that OAC would be focusing on Target 4.7 of the goal centered on lifelong learning and to achieve this, OAC is organizing local training for educators to develop new approaches to teaching through ESD.
Victoria explained that OAC commenced its ESD program in 2016 by partnering with JumpStart Academy, an after-school academy for economically disadvantaged children in Ibadan. She shared testimonies of the positive impact of the organisation’s work so far, sharing an example of how the training has inspired two of the scholars to identify a complex problem in their community and take action to address it through advocacy and community service.
In 2017, OAC’s theme is targeted at the teachers because of the strong influence they have on their students. Our long-term goal is to support learners to become innovators. We are investing in ESD to raise sustainable leaders with the mindset, skills and values to create a positive change in Africa and the world. We aim to achieve this through teachers’ training as we believe that innovative teaching has a powerful influence on a child’s development and by extension on socio-economic development.
The answers to the question: what can OAC do to make a difference through ESD inspired the participants to look deeper at the current education system, point out what is not working and share recommendations to address some of the complex challenges to education in Nigeria and how that affects the development of today’s learners. The interactive session started by pointing out challenges such as obsolete curriculum, lack of connection between school lessons and lived realities, traditional facilitation methods, government and failed policies etc.
One of the participants pointed out that students do not appreciate what schooling is and that teachers focus only on teaching, leaving out the psychological, emotional and environmental aspect of learning. Another shared that there was no correlation between school work and lived realities of the students. Many of the participants agreed that the current curriculum is obsolete with teachers lacking new age information. A specific example was given by one of the participants who is a graduate of physics. He shared that in his physics class, the lecturers taught using Fortran 1995 whereas that has been upgraded to Fortran 2013. This goes to show that the education system in Nigeria is not moving at the same pace with which the world is growing.
Another educational challenge was raised by Ms. Maryam Giwa stating that the new educational trends are not affordable for everyone and that the government has to do more to enable equal chances for everyone and not just for the rich who can easily afford quality education for their children. She also said that the world is advancing but our educational system remains stagnant.
Other challenges cited were – education system still revolving around passing exams set by the government at different stages rather than inspiring learners to create solutions to local problems. Most teachers lack the passion for teaching because most of them took the job as a second alternative due to unemployment, and the inability of teachers to embrace different styles of teaching such as the use of visuals, presentation slides etc.
In sharing recommendations, Mr. Kachi Okadike challenged volunteers to make sure that actions are taken to make a change and not just to come up with ideas in training and end it there. Mr. Tobi Bamiyiwa also expressed the fact that collective action needs to be made by everyone which would require volunteers to dedicate their time to the cause to ensure that quality education is evenly distributed. Ms. Mariam also stated that more awareness should be created about ESD via social media and by doing something to get the attention of important stakeholders who have the power to influence the change we are seeking for. She suggested a walk to create awareness on ESD.
In 2017, OAC’s theme is targeted at the teachers because of the strong influence they have on their students. Our long-term goal is to support learners to become innovators. We are investing in ESD to raise sustainable leaders with the mindset, skills and values to create a positive change in Africa and the world.
The facilitator went on to divide the participants into groups of three to brainstorm and come up with solutions that could be incorporated into the activities of OAC in actualizing its plans for ESD.
The suggestions of the three groups are as follows:
They suggested that seminars be organized quarterly for teachers in different zones and to make teachers embrace ICT. They highlighted problems faced by students such as female molestation, poor results and bad teaching methods. The teachers’ training needs to constantly ask teachers their reasons for teaching. The team also suggested a weekly assessment of teachers, a better relationship between them and their students by understanding that different students have different ways and levels of understanding.
To achieve results, they were of the opinion that a top official at Alausa (Lagos) can be used to connect to public schools and make the process faster.
The second group came up with the theme “Student-Teacher Relationship” which centers on a better communication among teachers and their students. They suggested a training guide for teachers to start using edutainment materials to get the attention of their students. They also want teachers to be trained in a way that they can groom the students better and teach them to channel their interests to careers. Their recommendation was for OAC to organise seminars for school teachers directed at empowering the teachers to have a better understanding of the concept of ESD.
Their theme was tagged “Re-orientation” for secondary school teachers. They opined that one prominent school in a district should be targeted for the whole year to get effective results which can then be extended to others schools in the long run. Media partners also have to be involved to gain awareness and the facilitators must be fresh and open-minded people.
At the end of the training, all teams came up with plans involving training of teachers to embrace new methods of teaching to enable their students to become creative and out of the box thinkers which is also in line with the focus of the organization for the year.
If you are passionate about community work, you have the drive to seek change in your community and you are ready to learn new leadership skills via volunteering, then OneAfricanChild Foundation may just be the right place for you.
Distance is not a barrier, we have about 120 volunteers in four different African countries who are doing amazing works and taking their place in their respective communities as change makers.
OneAfricanChild Foundation exists to train young people on Global Citizenship Education and Peace building so that they can grow to become active agents of change in the society. Through our empowerment programs, we ensure the sustainability of the leadership experience necessary for our beneficiaries to partake in the transformation of their communities and the world.
Our mission is to educate and empower young people with knowledge and skills necessary to address socio-economic issues and to contribute to positive change in Africa and beyond.
We are looking for committed volunteers who will dedicate a substantial amount of time towards our online and field projects.
Volunteers must be willing to learn and share their leadership experience with the communities we work with.
Volunteers must be responsible citizens. They must act at all times in the best interest of the organisation.
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Make use of this golden opportunity to broaden your horizon and add to your skills set.
As part of the one year anniversary celebration, One African Child Ibadan had a mentorship programme at Jumpstart Academy at Bodija. Ibadan.
Jumpstart Academy, Bodija, Ibadan a place for all was the point of call. Jump start academy is a place that houses students from several schools in an after school hour kind of programme, skills and different trades are learnt at no cost.
Love Out Loud Africa, LOL-A
a United States of America based organisation partnered and sponsored the event.
_The programme featured a filmshow with a film titled THE LOST MEDALLION.
The film portrayed the need for unity towards a common goal and to defeat the enemy. The film also helped to relate messages such as Unity and Peace, need for good leadership amongs several other important messages which they took home individually.
The children were also divided into smaller groups
to aid One to One mentorship to ensure better communication, to make them feel free and express themselves.
Do you know there are people out there who just need you to say a word or two to them and they are fulfilled for their lifetime? What do you have that you think is too small to impact into someone else? Try to meet someone today and you’ll be shocked that your “too small” may be somebody’s excess.
Your speech, your facial expression can make or mar someone’s day.
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE AT THE BEST PLACE POSSIBLE AT THE BEST TIME POSSIBLE, BE THE BEST ALWAYS.
_The mentorship programme had support from several people and we would love to show appreciation most especially to all our mentors who volunteered to be part of the programme, to our friends around the globe and our ever ready partner LOL-A, Love Out Lout Africa for their advise, monetary supports and encouragement. We say thank You, Gracias, Merci beaucoup …
Food is also needed to function
Supru doing what he does best
Tosin and co. celebrating LOL-A
Mentorship in progress
To our One African Mummy we say more Inspiration to you as you have begun the journey of a new birth year. We love you all. We wish you a HAPPY AND fulfilling 2015
Together we all can make Africa the best place to live in. Togetherness is the bedrock of greatness.
By Author RAY NDEBI
MrT, The Mind beyond the time…
OneAfricanChild Lagos conducted by Tobi “MrT” Bamuyiwa initiated a visit to Makoko Nursery and Primary School in Lagos, Nigeria.
– Getting to know Makoko:
Makoko Informal Settlement Makoko, Coordinates: 6°29′44″N 3°23′39″E Country: Nigeria, State: Lagos State LGA Lagos Mainland, Location: Makoko, Settled 18th century, Population • Total 85,840
Makoko is a slum neighborhood located in Lagos, Nigeria. At present its population is considered to be 85,840; however, the area was not officially counted as part of the 2007 census and the population today is estimated to be much higher. Established in the 18th century primarily as a fishing village, much of Makoko rests in structures constructed on stilts above Lagos Lagoon. Today the area is essentially self-governing with a very limited government presence in the community and local security being provided by area boys. In July 2012, Nigerian government officials destroyed dozens of residences after giving residents 72 hours notice of eviction. One resident was killed in the action. Lagos may continue the destruction of this historic community in order to redevelop what is now seen as prime waterfront.
– Makoko Nursery and Primary School:
Welcome to Makoko School
It is located at 25, Makoko Road, Yaba Lagos. State Owned School Strength Boys:329 Girls:330 Total: 659
– THE VISIT ITSELF: It is an easy task to reach Makoko when we read the instructions dropped by Tobi MrT.
MrT, The Mind beyond the time…
« The event is scheduled to hold at Makoko community in Lagos. It’s located in yaba and one can easily get there on bike. Once you drop at yaba, board a bike to Makoko. The school is not too far from the junction as you can walk to the place. It’s Makoko Anglican nursery and primary school.» Olowu “Highness” Fola
Fola with an angel smile
and Seun Yusuf
both joined Tobi for that noble achievement. With such great souls and happy hearts, only a success could be their end partner. Children were very happy and welcoming. Our three friends MrT, Highness, and Seun brightened the day of those children and eased the issues of their teachers and coaches, with the school materials they bought and offered. They succeeded raising enough funds.
MrT and school officials
Seun and officials
Fola and officials
The reward after a noble task: an angel smile.
It is always a delight to make a child smile, and once more OAC through the dynamism of the Lagos Branch, has proven to be ready for our children to have a wonderful future. We thank all of you who directly and indirectly took part to that event and made it successful. OneAfricanChild is One big Family and each Branch has a vital importance; however small your contribution to a child’s daily happiness can be, be sure that it is the greatest of all gifts. Thank you Tobi, Fola, Seun! Thank you OneAfricanChild Lagos! Thank you OAC Nigeria! Thank you OAC International! Thank you Victoria Ibiwoye!
Victoria Ibiwoye, The Rainbow Heart.
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November 20th!!! OneAfricanChild is 1!
One like Victoria Ibiwoye
who decided One day to turn her Love for Children in pain into an international concern.
She started in her native homeland Nigeria with friends.
Then she decided to go international!! The various faces below are those of some members of OAC International; they are from USA, MALAWI, CAMEROON, INDIA, KENYA, SUDAN, ZIMBABWE, LESOTHO, SOUTH AFRICA SOMALIA.
We thank all the members and each volunteer who gave even a single second of his time, to help entertain children and give them Love during the visits to orphans and other poor children in orphanages and schools.
We hope to grow greater and achieve more for children to smile for longer than a day, a month, or a year.
OneAfricanChild had a dream; and that dream was called WONDERFUL FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN.
The rest of Africa which is not yet active for that purpose should stand now and join the Family.
We thank also all the partners who have trust in OneAfricanChild, and thus who are willing to help offer children the best possible heritage in Africa. Our Land is rich, but if we abandon it, we shall regret our misbehaviour and no rest shall be granted.
I am Africa, you are Africa, we are OneAfricanChild.
By Author RAY NDEBI