Short Report of the Teachers Training in Nigeria
A long over-due training eventually took place in Delta State, southern region of Nigeria, from mid-April to early May 2017. One hundred and six (106) teachers from ten (10) schools (Harvard Academy, New Day Child, Child Link Computer Institute, Precious Academy, Zion Baptist Academy, Umutu Grammar School, Sister Sarah Nursery School, Nikkie Foundation, God Grace Institute, Obule Group of School) gathered in Umuaja and Sapele, to receive their first FCL onsite training on how to customize the FCL learning models into their school’s curriculum after 2 years of receiving online support and materials. We started at Umuaja, a beautiful city that pride itself for producing the tree whose roots are the source of River Ethiope, a popular river that runs through many cities across the State. Thereafter we ended up at Sapele, a small city that was once African biggest timber producer, same state where we were privilege to meet wonderful teachers and their students.
Timeliness of the training According to Harry Kennedy, the director of Harvard Academy, the training was just timely as it will serve as new beginning for his teachers since they are about to start new academy year. He stated that, he has been longing for this educational approach for so long and now that he has finally got the missing puzzle, he would treasure it and so will his teachers. We were privilege to visit some of the schools including Harvard to observe some of the teachers present their first lessons before we left Nigeria. Attached are few photos of students from Harvard Academy.
Importance of FCL in Nigeria Nigeria right now is on a crossroad, given the economic crisis triggered mostly by low oil prices, a resurgence of militancy in the Delta over economic grievances, an uptick in agitation in the Southeast by pro-Biafra nationalists, and ongoing conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt. While the election of Buhari in 2015 marked a milestone in Nigeria’s democratic development—the first peaceful transfer of power to a winner from an opposition party—there remains an urgent need to deliver reforms on economic and education policy. Given the transforming power of the Full Circle Learning program when implemented to the fullest, Nigeria will benefit a lot from it especially now that so many young people in the country are confused and are asking questions and there is no proper answers. People are tired of their present condition and are craving for change. With this program, these people especially government officials and militant groups will come to appreciate and acknowledge the effect of making peace, resolving conflict and embarking on programs that will transform their respective communities through education and community building process.
Follow up Plans With Harry and Chinos, we intend to build an in-country based team that will follow up with the teachers and help train other school teachers that may be interested in the program. We will continue to provide online support from our end until we are able to start our official FCL school there.