A school is as good as its teachers. 5 learnings from Olubunmi Egbeyemi’s Meet the Emeritus talk

Mrs. Olubunmi Egbeyemi is the Managing Director at The Foreshore School, Ikoyi, Lagos. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Lagos. As a product of a family of educationists and due to her passion for children, she went on to pursue a postgraduate diploma in Education from the University of Lagos in 1993. She started her career in the education sector as the Administrator of May Day School, where she spent 10 years before establishing Tenderloving Childcare (now The Foreshore School) in 2007.

She spoke on whose responsibility it is to invest in education at the second edition of Meet the Emeritus. The event held on February 16, 2018 at the Education Hub, Lagos.  Here are 5 things we learnt from her fireside chat with Isabella Akinseye.

  1. Education is the knowledge sector and requires human capital to manage the infrastructure.
  2. The government has a major responsibility in investing in quality education for all of society.
  3. Investment in teacher training is key as a school is as good as its teachers.
  4. Parents should invest their time, commitment and funds in their children’s education.
  5. Real change in Nigeria’s education sector will come from strong and credible leadership.

Meet The Emeritus is a monthly hangout event for school leaders, educators, education entrepreneurs and policy makers to meet, network, learn, collaborate, have fun and grow together. Each month, an experienced and successful education entrepreneur, educator and policy maker is invited to share his/her wealth of experience with the registered and invited participants. This event is powered by Edusko Africa and supported by Teach for Nigeria.

 

 

Olubunmi Egbeyemi to speak at this month’s Meet The Emeritus 

Meet The Emeritus is a monthly hangout event for school leaders, educators, education entrepreneurs and policy makers to meet, network, learn, collaborate, have fun and grow together. Each month, an experienced and successful education entrepreneur, educator and policy maker is invited to share his/her wealth of experience with the registered and invited participants.

How it works

  • Meet the Emeritus is a 2-hour moderated discussion program.
  • Our special guest will be engaged by a moderator for about 45 minutes while the remaining time will be dedicated to Q & A.

February Edition

Our special guest for February edition is Mrs. Olubunmi Egbeyemi.

Mrs. Olubunmi Egbeyemi is the Managing Director at The Foreshore School, Ikoyi, Lagos. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Lagos. As a product of a family of educationists and due to her passion for children, she went on to pursue a postgraduate diploma in Education from the University of Lagos in 1993. She started her career in the education sector as the Administrator of May Day School, where she spent 10 years before establishing Tenderloving Childcare (now The Foreshore School) in 2007.

She will be discussing with us on whose responsibility it is to invest in education.

  • Venue:  Education Hub, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
  • Date:     16 February, 2018
  • Time:    4pm – 6pm

Attendance for Meet the Emeritus is free for all the participants but registration must be confirmed due to the limited number of seats.

REGISTER HERE!

This event is powered by Edusko Africa and supported by Teach for Nigeria.

Skool Media hosts TGIF to celebrate winners of #ArtTech Challenge

#ArtTech Challenge (social media) award winners with Skool Media team Correct Student

In the Nigerian educational system, art and science are foes that never see eye to eye. However, for society to progress, it is important for both fields to shake hands. This is what Skool Media, one of Nigeria’s leading edtech organisations, tries to do with its #ArtTech Challenge, an inter-school art competition for secondary school students.

The #ArtTech Challenge also has an accompanying social media art appreciation competition. Through the competition, technology had a conversation with arts. The conversations happened on social media. Launched in March 2017, an artwork was shared online and art lovers were asked to interpret it. After a keenly contested competition, twenty interpretations were shortlisted. This was reduced to a final list of three winners—Shalom Idoko Idagu, Ibironke Ayomide and Ejeye Jolomi.

The TGIF was an award presentation ceremony, as well as a media parley introducing the media to the work that SkoolMedia does. The MC, Isabella Akinseye, host of Correct Student on CityFm, welcomed the guests with a dashing smile. Words and short videos introduced SkoolMedia, as an organisation using technology to increase access to quality education in Nigeria.

“We stand with educational institutions to have the right technology to be globally competitive. For us as an organisation, we believe that by default you are investing in the professional development of Nigeria,” said Moses Imayi, project director, Skool Media as he welcomed everyone to their office. He added that it was important for them to organise the #ArtTech competition as a way to inspire innovation in students, regardless of their course of study. For the social media competition, it was also a way to share the joy of art and technology with Nigerians online.

Leadership coach, Dotun Arifalo was the guest speaker at the event. There she spoke on innovating for success. She charged the audience on the importance of not being average, of doing more, of giving everything in one’s endeavours.

Dotun Arifalo

“The world is full of tired and average people. The world is looking for extra, innovative people. The world is looking for people that are more. Everybody has potential like say you have two eyes. You have much more potentials than you can every imagine. If you live for 100 years, you cant exhaust it. Never stop improving. Never stop moving on.” She continued even as she charged staff of Skool Media and all present not to rest on their oars.

There was an unveiling of the artwork that was interpreted. A product of combined efforts of two artists Queen Waneri and Clara Aden, the two parts fit perfectly as one piece. On it, two locked interlocked padlocks; smileys with different symbols of various professions in them; within the padlock is a globe. A combination of tools was used to make this art work a reality: organic material as pieces of wood can be seen above the padlocks; metal as small keys are used to trace the big key; inorganic paint was also used. The artwork offers itself to a variety of interpretation; however one that resonates more has to do with the power of technology as a key to access a wide world that transcends a variety of careers.

Unveiling of #ArtTech Challenge artwork

It was this artwork that the finalists interpreted. Read their interpretations and the original artists’ art statement:

Ejeye Jolomi (@therealmisan): Education opens you to endless possibilities, with the aid of technology Education makes us to be able to be whatever we want as long as we can dream and believe

Ibironke Ayomide (@a.y.o.m.i.d.e): Education is the key to exploring the world

Shalom Idoko Idagu (@Maaterplanned): Education is the key to success. THE SECRETS of the whole through time has been unravelled by innovations and discoveries, and are continuously being unraveled this is made possible by the accumulation of knowledge which is passed down to generations by education we have many fields or careers: Medical science, Engineering, Law making and enforcement, which all play a part in unlocking these mysteries and making them knowledge which is useful for evolutions.

Clara Aden & Queen Nwaneri (The Artists): The inspiration to create this artwork was conceived at Federal Girl’s Technical College Benin, I stumbled on a rusty old padlock. Something struck my imagination that to open any locked device, there must be a key. Technology is the key that unlocks potentials and opportunities. With technology, Skool Media unleashes the potentials of education.

After a keenly contested competition online and a panel of judges reviewing the entries, the three finalists were presented with their prizes. Shalom Idoko came first; Ibironke Ayomide came second and Ejeye Jolomi was third. The excited winners were beaming with as they received their prizes.

Presentation of prizes to #ArtTech (social media) Challenge winners

“I am so excited that I won,” said Idoko, a student of Marine Engineering at the Rivers state University, Port Harcourt.

After the award presentation, there was a toast to the many awards that Skool Media has won for educational technology, the latest being the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award for Innovation in Education (2017).

There is so much to expect from Skool Media before 2017 ends. The grand finale of the inter-school #ArtTech Challenge will hold in October.

“There will be exhibitions of the best artworks, and awards will be given to the best student artists.” Imayi said that SkoolMedia will continue to celebrate excellence in their project schools.

At Skool Media’s TGIF event on August 4, 2017, the audience watched as art and science met; shook hands and embraced. They even clicked glasses in celebration of the union.