OAC Lagos meets Secondary School Students: Importance of Leadership and Critical Thinking

OAC Lagos meets Secondary School Students: Importance of Leadership and Critical Thinking

The program started around 11:45 am, the students prayed before singing the national anthem.

They also sang their school anthem, and Oluwatosin Ogunsanya came on with the One African Child’s story, “Doing More.” He talked about our present purpose, and the program kicked off with anticipation booming from the students.

The vision of the foundation, *building sustainable leaders and the SDGs*, was introduced by Victoria Ibiwoye. She emphasized on ESD and  told each child to become a leader and leave a legacy in life. Victoria told the students how it is vital to becoming an Ethical Leaders. Thus they were charged and prepared for the session.

TOPIC: Building students for leadership and critical thinking. The students picked a number and were divided into groups with a mentor attached to each group.


The Presentation session started with group 2; here is a summary of their presentations.GROUP 2They presented a short drama on whistleblowing and a tv interview imitation of their topic. The student talked about advocacy and mentioned some great advocates of change along with their works. Group 2 students talked about corruption and how to mitigate it.

GROUP 1

CRITICAL THINKING IN LEARNING

Group 1 students talked about problems in the educational system. The students provided some solutions: admonishing teachers to be friendly and patient with the student. They also talked about distractions from their fellow students.

GROUP 3

HEART TO A LEADER, CRITICAL THINKING.

The students described what critical thinking means, and how bit can be used to solve problems in organizations; the business world and schools, for instance.

GROUP 4

CRITICAL THINKING.

The students explained what it means to think critically towards a problem. They also expanded on challenges affecting critical thinking. Finally, they gave steps on how to become a critical thinker, mentioning points like brainstorming research, and so on.

At the conclusion of the presentations, it was fulfilling to see what the students have been imparted with.
Second Training on ESD: Empowering Youth Educators with Facilitation Skills

Second Training on ESD: Empowering Youth Educators with Facilitation Skills

The second training organised by OneAfricanChild Foundation was focused on teaching educators 21st-century skills to successfully facilitate Education Sustainability Development (ESD). The session had 17 educators participated in series of innovative activities aimed at enhancing their knowledge of ESD.

The training started with an introductory exercise called “My People” for the educators to share more about where they come from and uncover layers of their identity in a way that is informative and entertaining. A volunteer had this to share:
“My people are Jemimah. My people are creative and love artwork. My people hold each other in high esteem. My people are strong and optimistic. My people are hopeful in seemingly hopeless situations. My people believe that raising a child is a joint responsibility. My people are black, bold are beautiful.”
 
This fun way of introduction is a true reflection of who a person is beyond their professional qualifications and it taught the educators that they can also introduce creative means to get to know their students better. Also, it is another way to find a common ground with people who share similar values and skills.
Director of OAC, Victoria Ibiwoye, continued with the training by asking a simple question: “Who was your favourite teacher in primary or secondary school and what skill did they have that stood out?”. The educators shared few skills of their favourite childhood teachers such as the relationship; love and affection; communication skills; storytelling skills; creativity and innovation; understanding individual learning styles and co-learning with students.
Olamide Ogunsanya, a tutor of Lifematics and also a volunteer, buttressed the point that teachers are to be passionate about teaching the right thing to students in a way that is creative and relevant to their learning culture. She shared an example of how she had to change her facilitation style when working with community kids who found it difficult to understand her language and relate with her examples. When she switched to using examples from their locality, the level of interest and participation increased. Olamide also encouraged the use of educational apps and global exchange opportunities, for example, connecting students with fellow students outside Nigeria to share learning experiences brings them closer to ESD.
Ara Atobatele, a facilitator and volunteer of OAC, also highlighted the relevance of empathy in connecting to the emotions of learners, especially learners with special needs. Teachers need to show empathy to welcome all students into the learning community.

Victoria guided the participants through a paper-folding activity to teach the educators on Perspective Taking. A sheet of paper was distributed to each educator and instructions were given afterward. The participants were asked to close their eyes and do as they were told. They were all given the same instructions with their eyes closed but ended up with different results when asked to open their eyes and hold the paper above their head. In order to restructure the way education is being delivered in Nigeria, there is a need to be aware of our own biases as educators and learn to appreciate and accept the perspectives our students bring into the classroom.

Victoria went on to introduce the birthday timeline exercise that encouraged educators to think about how they communicate when they can’t use their words to express themselves. Participants were divided into two teams and were asked to introduce themselves according to their day and month of birth on a single line. They were to do this without talking, writing or using any props e.g identification cards. This means they must find an alternative way to communicate. After accomplishing the task, each time was asked to say their day and month of birth to test if they were well arranged and how well they worked together. Both teams made a great effort but some of the participants stood in the wrong place. This activity is a way to show educators that communication goes beyond what we say, more importantly, is how we say it. Effective communication means understanding the complexity of communication which involves verbal and non-verbal means of communicating messages to our students.

Also, another exercise called the “lily pad” was facilitated by Ara Atobalele to teach educators about the importance of leadership, strategic planning, teamwork, patience and, much more.

The final exercise was to teach educators about Complex Problem Solving through a simulation exercise called “Sinking Boat”. The exercise presented a dilemma in which the educators have to save 11 people from a sinking boat including the sailor. The individuals to be saved include: an 87 old grandmother, a pregnant woman, your sister, a gay man, an alcoholic, a man convicted of rape, a man tested positive for HIV, a pastor, an Imam, a kleptomaniac and a politician. The participants eventually made a choice on who to save and who to let go.
After much brainstorming, each group came up with a list of who they have chosen to save. The instruction, however, was to save 11 people and that was the exact number of names on the list, but most of the educators did not think about this as they still had to choose some names while allowing others to drawn. This exercise placed educators in the position of students where they learnt vital lessons such as paying attention to details, having an open mind when solving problems and putting aside individual biases.

We didn’t forget to get feedback as we closed this wonderful session. We had lots of contributions and our participants are so excited to attend our future training on ESD. It was clear from the training that the future of Africa is secure with educators working for sustainable development.

First ESD Training for Youth Educators in Lagos

First ESD Training for Youth Educators in Lagos

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:

GROUP 1

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.

 

GROUP 2

The second group came up with the theme Student-Teacher Relationshipwhich 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.

 



GROUP 3

Their theme was tagged Re-orientationfor 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.

ONE AFRICANCHILD SET TO MAKE 2014 CHILDREN’S DAY A MEMORABLE ONE

ONE AFRICANCHILD SET TO MAKE 2014 CHILDREN’S DAY A MEMORABLE ONE

With the children’s day around the corner, let’s make this another memorable moment for our children.

Join us next Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria island, Lagos.

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Paintings galore, all for FREE

We have our stand in the galleria where we will be painting the faces of kids and sharing gift items, all for free! This is not only so the children can have fun, but that they can see the essence in giving and find meaning in sharing love and happiness.

Let’s make an impact together!

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1AFRICAN CHILD

To volunteer or sponsor the event, send us an email via 1africanchild@gmail.com or call 07038447254, 08029401209

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ONE AFRICANCHILD SET TO MAKE 2014 CHILDREN'S DAY A MEMORABLE ONE

ONE AFRICANCHILD SET TO MAKE 2014 CHILDREN'S DAY A MEMORABLE ONE

With the children’s day around the corner, let’s make this another memorable moment for our children.

Join us next Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria island, Lagos.

image

Paintings galore, all for FREE

We have our stand in the galleria where we will be painting the faces of kids and sharing gift items, all for free! This is not only so the children can have fun, but that they can see the essence in giving and find meaning in sharing love and happiness.

Let’s make an impact together!

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1AFRICAN CHILD

To volunteer or sponsor the event, send us an email via 1africanchild@gmail.com or call 07038447254, 08029401209

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