‘Our vision is to advance educational outcome of the Nigerian Child by enhancing teaching quality’
It has become commonplace to whine and lament the rapidly diminishing quality of education made available by both public and private sector education service providers to Nigeria’s bulging youth population. Meadow Hall Foundation, not-for-profit arm of the Meadow Hall Group is taking the bull by the horns as it organises its first Education Convention meant to address challenges in the sector. OLUWAKEMI ADEWOYE, head of the Foundation spoke to STEPHEN ONYEKWELU about what they intend to achieve. Excerpts:
Please tell us about yourself.
I am Oluwakemi Adewoye, head of Meadow Hall Foundation (MHF). My background is in education as well as social sector management. I have worked in the public and private sectors of the education systems in the United States and Nigeria. I strongly believe in empowering teachers and bridging the gap between privileged and underprivileged students through impactful and sustainable initiatives towards societal development.
What motivated Meadow Hall Group to establish Meadow Hall Foundation?
Touching the hearts of children is fundamental to raising children who desire to impact their generation positively. Consequently, Meadow Hall Foundation, the non-profit arm of Meadow Hall Group, was borne out of a need to improve the educational outcomes of the Nigerian child, so that ultimately each child will achieve his or her highest potential.
What is the vision and mission of Meadow Hall Foundation?
Our vision is to advance the educational outcome of the Nigerian Child by enhancing teaching quality. Our mission is to equip Nigerian students for the 21st century by enhancing teaching quality, changing mindsets about teaching and advocating for the teaching profession. We partner with individuals, public and private organisations to implement sustainable initiatives that support students, teachers, schools, and communities. Our holistic focus is to use education as a tool for societal transformation.
What are the major initiatives or projects executed by Meadow Hall Foundation?
Our major initiatives, currently, include:
The Graduate Teacher Trainee Programme (GTTP) — a three month teacher training and development initiative aimed at young graduates who are passionate about the teaching profession regardless of their first academic discipline. GTTP, which started in 2013 with 30 participants, has produced over 100 professional teachers who are presently working in various schools. These trainees are also attached to Ilasan Primary School, Off Lekki-Epe Express way, Jakande, Lagos for some weeks during their training to contribute in impacting student learning and teaching quality at the school. The GTTP’s absorption rate into the education sector is over 90 percent.
The Free Teacher Professional Development Programme — an annual training programme organised for teachers of public and low-cost private schools. This programme is aimed at improving 21st century teaching skills.
The School Adoption Programme — an initiative focused on improving the quality of education in neighborhood public schools by providing educational support to public school teachers and students. The pilot school under our School Adoption Programme is Ilasan Primary School. We have implemented various developmental initiatives at the school including free teacher training and donation of teaching and learning aids, as well as the building of a fence to secure the teaching and learning environment.
The Leadership Programme — a collaborative initiative of the Akinjide Adeosun Foundation and Meadow Hall Foundation, is aimed at building a pipeline of ready leaders to take up leadership positions in the future and has its core values built around Excellence, Integrity, Empathy, Transformation and Godliness.
The Mentoring Programme — a programme which aims to prepare people to achieve their highest potential; it comprises of conferences and mentoring sessions (educators and children) and counseling (children).
The Education Convention — provides an opportunity for teachers, school owners, parents, educators, government officials and policy makers to gain fresh perspectives on pertinent educational issues from their interactions with Nigerian teachers and educational experts. The convention comprises of an Education Conference and a Mentor-mentee Event where new mentees meet their mentors for the first time.
What is Meadow Hall Foundation’s Education Convention about?
Meadow Hall Foundation’s (MHF) Education Convention is an event aimed at bringing education stakeholders together to discuss and learn ways to advance our society through education. The theme for the convention is ‘Transforming our Society through Education’. The Education Convention comprises of the following:
An Education Conference holding on Thursday, 20th April 2017 at City Hall, Lagos Island. MHF’s Education Conference provides an opportunity for teachers, school leaders, school owners, parents, community members and leaders as well as government and policy-makers to gain fresh perspectives on pertinent educational issues from their interactions with Nigerian teachers and educational experts. Teachers, head teachers, school leaders, school owners, parents and community members, as well as, government officials and policy-makers are expected to attend this event.
Mentor-mentee Event for Educators holding on Friday 21st April 2017 at Meadow Hall, Lekki, Lagos, the Mentor-mentee event is an opportunity for renowned educational leaders to impact the practices and lives of school owners, school leaders and teachers. Teachers, head teachers, school leaders and school owners are expected to attend this event.
What are the objectives Meadow Hall Foundation wants to achieve from the education convention?
The objectives of the convention include: To encourage the development of professional excellence and dedicated service in educators from the public and private sectors. To equip educational stakeholders to use education as a tool for societal transformation.
Who should attend the education convention and what are the benefits of attending the education convention?
Teachers, head teachers, school leaders, school owners, parents and community members, as well as, government officials and policy-makers should attend. The education convention will provide the following opportunities to participants: networking opportunities for all participants to interact with educational experts, professional development (21st Century skills) for educators, personal development for parents to learn how to complement teachers’ efforts towards inspiring creativity in their children, as well as, discussions and direct feedback on educational issues. All stakeholders will learn how to help children achieve their highest potential towards societal development.
How can anyone register for the education convention?
To register, please visit http://meadowhallfoundation.org/education-convention.
Is there a registration fee to attend the education convention?
The registration fee is ₦5000 and this amount can be paid into Meadow Hall Foundation’s account after registering on our website.
Considering the expected large number of participants for the education convention, are there opportunities for corporate sponsorship to exhibit their product at the venue?
Corporate sponsorship opportunities exist for various categories of organisations, based on the different types of stakeholders who will be present at the event. Interested organizations should include health care providers, educational providers (teaching aids, etc.), banks and pension administrators, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, etcetera. Opportunities and benefits can be communicated to potential sponsors when they contact Meadow Hall Foundation.
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