The crucial role teachers play in shaping not only the educational system, but the society as a whole cannot be over emphasized. That is the rationale behind the inclusion of a Teacher training component in the ReadySetWork 2017 programme.
Last Saturday, which was the 5th week of the entrepreneurship and employability training programme marked the commencement of ReadyTeacher, which is the teacher training track of the programme. This specialized track is designed for RSW candidates in pursuit of a degree in Education to expose and equip them with the requisite teaching techniques and skills for the 21st century. The joy of the students knew no bounds as this development has confirmed to them that the State Government is committed to giving the teaching profession its due prominence. This component of RSW which is implemented in partnership with MeadowHall Consult started with a general introduction to 21st century teaching techniques including teaching children with Special Education Needs (SEN).
Concurrently, students in the general module continued studies on “Life skills in the workplace” with emphasis on Business Communication and Customer Relations. The RSW participants were taught the essentials of corporate communication, which is an integral part of the corporate world. This they learnt with different simulated scenarios and class activities for better understanding.
Students also learnt the importance of Customers Service in business communications. They were made to understand that if the notion that the customer is king holds true, then proper measures should be put in place to ensure that an effective channel of communication is established between the clients/customers and the organisation.
No doubt, week 5 of the RSW programme was already programmed for impact with the caliber of individuals that graced the stages of the various centres for the Meet-A-Mentor session that morning.
At the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), we had Mr. Deremi Atanda, Executive Director at SystemSpecs who charged the RSW participants on the importance of resilience as a life skill, a skill that helped him overcome the many adversities he encountered whilst working his way up the corporate ladder. In his words: “life will always throw lemonades at you, what you do with it is what matters.”
He also harped on the self-sabotaging effect of having a negative mindset which limits one’s possibilities and prevents a person from getting the full weight of his/her potential.
Meet-A-Mentor Session at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) was delivered by Mr. Gossy Ukanwoke, the founder, Beni American University and President, EduTech. His presentation centered on staying self-motivated, taking responsibility for ones emotional environment and a having positive outlook to life. He charged the participants to spend less time on what has happened to them, they should rather focus on what they can change. He buttressed the importance of being in the right company which can be achieved by carefully choosing friends to share one’s dreams with. He told the students, “always stay positive and avoid negative people.”
At Lagos State University (LASU), we were privileged to have the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun as the guest in the Meet-A-Mentor Session. Prof. Fagbohun gave his presentation titled : “Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
He emphasized the importance of having the right perspective in life as a basis for success. He particularly cited Helen Keller as an example, who chose to forge ahead rather than wallow in self-pity. In his words: “your actions and reactions to your obstacles will determine whether or not you will become a leader tomorrow.”
ReadySetWork is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education. The program now in its second year, was birthed to address the employability and employment challenges that graduates and employees are confronted with. It is empowering students with the right skill set and requisite knowledge needed to give them an edge in the workplace and competitive in the job market space.
Watch this space as we continue with the learnings from the Ready Set Work Classes next week. Please follow us on all our social media platforms for updates and more info.
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