At Educamp 2017, passion, dedication canvassed as pathway to academic success
Meadow Hall Consult, a subsidiary of Meadow Hall Group, hosted Educamp 2017, themed, ‘People, Purpose & Passion: The Pathway to Success’ at Meadow Hall, Lekki, Lagos recently, with stakeholders in the education sector both within and outside the country in attendance.
Educamp is a yearly, three-day residential training programme targeted at all members of the education sector, and it provides a conducive ambience for key educational stakeholders to network and share ideas on the best education practices. Like last year, this edition held in Lagos and is due to begin in Port Harcourt today. It ends tomorrow.
Teachers enthusiastically arrived to take part in a vast array of courses, such as ‘Critical thinking and problem solving’, ‘Emotional intelligence,’ as well as specific courses to improve their productivity and that of the students, such as ‘Creating an outstanding classroom’, ‘Effective use of data for teaching and learning’, ‘alternative discipline methods for high school students’ and much more. The classes were vibrant and extremely engaging, with the speakers leaving room for dialogue with the intrigued participants.
In addition to the classes on hand, the participants were also able to listen to the inspirational keynote speakers such as GMD/CEO, Meadow Hall Group, Mrs. Kehinde Nwani, Group CEO, Prima Garnet, Mr. Lolu Akinwunmi and Principal Consultant/CEO, Leading Learning Ltd, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo. They persistently touched on the theme of the programme, asking the participants what their ‘Passions’ are, what their ‘Purpose’ is and how they interact with ‘People’ and build relationships. Mrs. Nwani and Mr. Akinwunmi both spoke about the importance of teachers educating their students ‘ethically as well as academically’. Mrs. Adefisayo spoke on the massive influence teachers have on their students as ‘leaders’. She continued, ‘a teacher’s impact on society is everlasting, so it’s important to take your leadership role very seriously’.
As part of the Educamp 2017, which is the ninth since it started, the winner of Inspirational School Leaders Awards 2017, Mrs. Remi Tanimola, of Army Children Senior High School, Ikeja and the winner of the Inspirational Teachers Awards 2017, Mrs. Odueke Abiodun Kafilat of Station Junior Grammar School, Iju were invited to share their inspirational stories with the participants.
Both spoke to the participants about their experiences as teachers, and the sacrifices they made to ensure continuous development. They encouraged teachers to be interested in the total development of their students and take the education of their students beyond the classroom.
The camp came to an end with a final word and prayer from Nwani, who stressed the important role teachers play in the success of society. She charged all participants to use education as a tool for societal development.