2018 MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING

 

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME ON SUSTAINABILITY AND EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP 

Abuja, 28th September, 2018, Porstbridge Educational Services  organised  a Management and Leadership Training programme. The training which had representatives (Head of Schools, School Administrators, School Managers, Consultants, Representative from the Department of Quality Assurance etc. from the education sector in the Federal Capital Territory in attendance was very strategic and timely. The convener of the training, Dr. Stella Adagiri Director of Portsbridge Educational Services expressed her joy at the participants’ turnout because her passion centers on strengthening and encouraging collaboration for sustainability and sharing best practices in the field of education.  This training was not an exception as it had veterans and millennials in various aspects and fields of education in attendance to facilitate different sections.

Dr. Stella During the Training
participants during practical session

 

cross section of participants

Dr. Abdul Kokori a Mental Productivity Consultant, Certified Brained Based Trainer and Certified Thinking Instructor (CTI) spoke on ‘’Understanding Leadership with the Brain in Mind”, a topic which opened the eyes of the education leaders to the relationship between leadership and the brain. He complained about how a lot of people who are in leadership don’t know how the brain function despite the fact that it is the most important denominator as far as leadership is concerned because creativity, innovation, critical thinking which are at the base of good leadership are fruits of a functioning and productive brain.

Dr. Kokori during his session

Dr. Smith Bam, an educational psychologist with over 2 decades of experience and author of 26 books spoke on Instructional Leadership. He laid emphasis on how bad leadership have spoiled the educational sector in Nigeria and how the school system in Nigeria is not structured to produce leaders and out of the box thinkers because our curriculum and the system and pattern in our schools enhance the qualities needed for transformational leadership in the 21st century. The qualities are CREATIVITY, INNOVATION, COLLABORATION AND CRITICAL THINKING. He also reiterated that the most visible and pertinent evidence of instructional leadership is RESULT. A leader who is not producing the right result cannot instruct the followers.

Dr. Smith Bam during his presentation

 

Dr. Smith and Dr. Stella Adagiri

Mr. Turkson, a veteran School Leader spoke on how he remained consistent in managing and leading a school for over 35 years. He answered many questions that border on leadership and management. He stated that school proprietors should look for people who will align themselves with the vision. He also had words of advice for emerging school leaders, administrators and consultants that     were present. He stressed the importance of having a cordial relationship with your staff and treating them well. It was a great privilege and honor to have someone like him in such training as it provided leverage and mentoring for everyone present.

Mr. Turson during his presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRENGTHENING TEACHERS CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM IN OWERRI, IMO STATE

Owerri, 4th August, 2018, Dr. Stella Adagiri and her team of experts recently organised an intensive two-days capacity building session for teachers in Pearville School Awu Owerri, Imo  State.  Dr. Stella believes that collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and sharing best practices amongst schools, through effective communication are fundamental to school improvement and effective learning in the 21st century. This can be achieved through effective, innovative and relevant continuous professional development programs.

The proprietor of the school, Mrs. Pearl Onukwugha, in her effort to improve the quality of  education by building the capacity of her teachers, chose to partner with Portsbridge Educational Services to provide bespoke CDP for them on, “Differentiation and promoting Active Learning”, “Effective and Efficient Teachers, establishing Authority, Discipline and Coping with Learning”, “Stem and Its Classroom Application”.

Mrs. Pearl Onukwugha, Proprietor of Pearville School and Dr. Stella Adagiri

All the segments were interactive as participants received clarity on many vague notions of individual learning speed of students. The participants were able to create different instructional materials and were also led through practical approaches to solving mathematical problems in the classroom.  At the end, the two hours allocated  to each  facilitator had to be extended as participants yearned for more.

Round Table on Educational Performance in Nigeria

Abuja-29th, 2018. Dr. Stella Adagiri advocating for the inclusion of Children with Special Needs `and building the capacity and skills of teachers in the Demand for Education and Systems Change in Nigeria in a Round table discussion, organised by   The Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA).

She advised that in order for   learning outcomes to be equitable and
beneficial to all segments of the population, Children with Special Needs should not be neglected in the process as they are very important parts of the society.  She also revealed that a key secret to an improved educational performance in Nigeria is the  continuous training and capacity building of teachers.

An Empowerment/Enlightenment Seminar: All About Teachers

“An Empowerment / Enlightenment Seminar : All About Teachers”

Abuja – On July 30th, 2018, Portsbridge Educational Service in its effort to improve and strengthen the  capacities of teachers, organized an empowerment seminar on “Stress Management”, “Multiple Streams Of Income”, “Post retirement plans” and “Personal development Plans (PDP)” for teaching and management staff of different schools in Abuja.
Dr. Stella Ozigi-Adagiri in her opening remarks stated that she recognized the need to organize the seminar because, teachers work so hard but have very little finances to take care of their basic needs. She believes in the continuous professional and financial empowerment of teachers and will continuous to provide the forum for their development.

The seminar was highly participatory with 40 participants in attendance. The resource persons were Mrs. Catherine Enaowho, Mr. Sam Obafemi and Mr. Solomon Manford JP. They are experts in financial, business and stress management.

Exposure Conference 2018

“Exposure Conference 2018”

Rockview (Royale) Hotel, Wuse II,Abuja, 31st May, 2018 – The theme “Learning through sharing best practice for sustainable development in education”

Stakeholders gather together to focus on collaboration in a competitive education market; quality paradigms in different educational contexts; developing confident and successful teachers
and learners.

Critical thinking, leadership abilities, social responsibilities and practicals are listed by stakeholders as majors standards that must be put in place to ensure that the quality of education made available to the Nigerian child meets
global standards.

Dr Stell-Ozigi Adagiri said “There is need for more collaboration between schools leveraging on the strengths of one another with support structures, as this can trigger a huge change within the Nigeria education sector with benefit
to the children”

“There should be less emphasis on examination and more on education probel qualities, mentorship among others to strengthen both the quality
of education and the graduates produced” said Dr. Katrina
Korb; one of the faciltator.

21st Century Parents Conference

eCross section of participants at the conference

21ST CENTURY PARENTS CONFERENCE

Portsbridge Educational Services in collaboration with Raberto Schools, Abuja organised a day conference in Abuja for parents and teachers to discuss on the role of parents and teachers in communicating sexuality to children and understanding your child’s learning needs.

Barrister Ati Amali, Legal Adviser addressing the participants at the conference

According to Barrister Ati Amali, while speaking at the seminar, emphasized on the need to start sex education very early from 18 months old in other to build a positive trusting relationship with children. She also spoke about the legal implication of child sexual abuse and the way to report abuse.

“Holistic development of children with regards to learning” was presented by Mrs. Helen Oshikoya; a SEN Consultant and one of the facilitators spoke on. She placed emphasis on the need for child assessment in other to clearly ascertain a diagnosis so as to lead to greater learning outcomes. The need for paid private tutoring for children who need extra help was also buttressed.

Mrs. Monisola Alonge; an experienced Early years instructor spoke on the topic “Psychological First Aid for Victims of Sexual Abuse.” She defined psychological first aid as a humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and who may need support or has been sexually abused. The counselling procedure for a sexually abused child was accurately described. The need for empathy, care, confidentiality, referral etc. were strongly emphasized.

To further buttress the counselling procedure for sexually abused, Mrs Ngozi Afam; a principal moderated a session where parents were invited for role playing. This helped parents to correctly understand their role in providing psychological first aid.

Mr Alex Agara, a clinical psychologist spoke on “Drug abuse by teenagers”. He exposed parents to different drugs commonly abused by teenagers, prevention tips and drug paraphernalia.

 

University of Sussex UK delegates build capacity of the Secondary School Teachers in Nigeria

University of Sussex UK delegates build capacity of the Secondary School Teachers in Nigeria

The Head of Department of Education of University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Dr Simon James Thompson has led the delegates from the University to build the capacity of the secondary school teachers in a one-day free training/workshop in Abuja.

The workshop which was in collaboration with Portsbrigde Educational Services had Senior Members of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) as participants as well as other Head teachers within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and its environs.

Dr Simon James Thompson, Lead Delegate, University of Sussex

According to the academic, Dr Simon, “the intention of this brief workshop is to introduce the ideas of differentiation. By differentiation I mean how do we adjust our teaching strategies to support the learning of other people so that both the learners and the teachers can feel challenged and work together for improved learning outcomes”’.

“The fundamentals of theory of multiple intelligences in learning process between the teachers and the learners are essential. The theory of Multiple Intelligences helps the teachers to establish unique and balanced engagements with the learners most importantly, within the academic environment”, he affirmed.

Dr Simon who was visiting Nigeria for the first time will be working in collaboration with National University Commission (NUC) on capacity building and effective leadership development of the top 82 selected University lecturers across the country in the coming weeks.

While describing the importance of the workshop, Simon who is also UK National Teaching Fellow, the highest honorary fellows in teaching in the UK stated that having taught in the secondary schools in the UK for many years before moving into University of Sussex he had realised that constant and periodic capacity building for the teachers is paramount toward improving their teaching efficiency in the classroom.

“I understand that some teaching methods and techniques are gradually becoming old and obsolete for this digital age, hence the need for

The Delegates and few participants

the teachers to be encouraged to unlearn the old ways and relearn new, modern techniques and more effective teaching methods” said Thompson.

Tosin Adebisi, one of the delegates/Facilitators from the UK, said the workshop for the teachers, was borne out of passion for educational development and mission to help expedite the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals across sub-Saharan Africa.

“Capacity building and continuing professional development are central to our work at Sussex. We hope that this free workshop will be the first of many more training courses to widen participation and we are delighted to welcome around 60 teachers”, said Adebisi.

Dr Stella Adagiri, CEO, Portbridge Educational Services who was the key coordinator for the workshop added that training of this sort would not only broaden the horizons of the teachers, it would also promote effectiveness in teaching as a profession, which is what we need in Nigeria’s education sector at this time”.

Participants at the Workshop

Adagiri added that teachers in Nigeria are now being open to learn new things regarding their profession.

Mrs Samira Jibri, President, NAPPS FCT Chapter, was at the workshop to lend support for the participants as well as ensure proper coordination expressed her excitement about the workshop when she stated that NAPPS is taking workshops and training for teachers as its top priority.

“This is digital age and it has become imperative that we are well equipped and up-to-date with the new trends so as to be able to connect with our students for effective teaching and improved learning outcomes” she explained.

Samira added that NAPPS in partnership with ASP in Ireland has just concluded a Coding Workshop for 400 teachers selected from both public and private schools across Nigeria.

One of the teachers from Roberto School, Abuja, Miss Chinelo Okafor said it was a great opportunity for her to learn new things regarding her profession.

“It is a great privilege for me to learn how to handle and teach different students with different needs in an academic environment” she stated.

Another participant, Jennifer Emelife from the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Abuja, said the workshop was quite timely and helpful for her as an educator whose desire is to improve on her teaching skills at all times.

“For me, the lecture as delivered by Dr Simon represents the strategic methods through which teachers can get their students engaged in the classroom, make learning fun and still meet the objectives” said Jennifer.

Portsbridge Educational Services, St John’s College UK Enlighten Nigerian Educators on Behavioural Management, Pastoral Care and Safeguarding in Schools!

Portsbridge Educational Services in collaboration with St John’s College, Portmouth, United Kingdom has organised an exposure event in Abuja on 17th of October with the theme “Behavioural Management, Pastoral Care and Safeguarding in Schools: An Implications for the 21st Century Educators”.

The event which comprised Abuja School Proprietors and Head of Schools was aimed at enlightening educators on developments in managing children’s behaviours in schools and how to prepare them to adequately face the challenges of post-secondary education locally and abroad.

According to Dr Stella Adagiri, Director of Portsbridge, “Portsbrigde Educational Services, in its mission is committed to bridging

Stella Adagiri addressing the participants at the event

educational resource gaps by ensuring that   quality education becomes part and parcel of schools in Nigeria. Since its inception in the UK, Portsbridge has been committed to providing professional development programs for educators to enhance their skills, broaden their knowledge and understanding towards their career development and organisational effectiveness.

She noted that the theme of the event which borders on behavioural management of the students and safeguarding in schools is quite germane and relevant in today’s education system across the world. This is as a result of generational gap and the children’s exposure to current development and happenings around them, including undue access to social media, unregulated access to inappropriate contents via conventional and digital media amongst others.

Andrew Towse, Facilitator from St John College, UK being interviewed at the event

“Nowadays children are becoming aware of their rights which often make them more interrogative and inquisitive in the way they perceive things even in the schools, therefore teachers and educators need to understand different approaches in managing these behavioural issues among students and safeguarding them from physical social and emotional abuse in their various schools” said  Dr Adagiri.

Mr Andrew  Towse, Head of Boarding  from St John’s College, Portmouth UK , who was also the major facilitator at the event said the pastoral care method when applied appropriately in schools helps create a common ground for better understanding between the teachers and students thereby making learning more attractive to the students. He however emphasised the safeguarding is one of the most prominent and pertinent issues in every school in the UK, in the recent years

He also stated, while citing UK teaching models, that teachers must strive to learn to move beyond using traditional methods of teaching to more effective teaching and learning approach in their profession.

“It is quite imperative for the educators to endeavour to look beyond using only traditional methods of teaching in schools as to make learning more attractive to students in schools. This is one method we have adopted in the UK and it is working” said Towse.

Cross Section of the Participants at the event

Mr Agara a clinical psychologist of Reconnect Health Development Initiative  gave some useful tips from his experience, on how they have worked with schools to manage  different cases of behaviour and addiction issues which is very prevalent amongst youth of today.

The President of National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS) Abuja Chapter, Hajiya Samira who also graced the event, stated that the theme for the exposure event which sought to address the behavioural management and safeguarding in any academic environment has been one major area of concern for both the teachers and parents alike in Nigeria.

While commending the effort of the Dr Stella Adagiri, the convener of the event, she expressed her excitement that such an exposure event in being put together by a Nigerian and for the Nigerian educators.

Andrew Towse facilitating at the event

“I really feel so delighted to be part of this life-changing event tailored for the School proprietors in Abuja, and I must also commend Stella Adagiri for deeming fit to bring an exposure event of this sort to our doorsteps in Nigeria” said Hajiya Samira.

Mrs Ngozi Afam, the Principal Raberto Secondary School was amongst the participants at the seminar, stated that the key take home lesson for her at the event was how teachers can equally safeguard themselves while helping other people children learn better.

“One key lesson for me here today was that, as a teacher you need to also protect yourselves even as you strive to help a child learn in a more effective way so that you are not implicated at the end of the day”.

Arete Copious, Africa House London hold “The Nigerian Child, The Genius” Conference in Abuja

 Arete Copious, Africa House London hold “The Nigerian Child, The Genius” Conference in Abuja

Arete Copious, a leading financial consulting firm in alliance with Africa House London has held a one-day Education Conference with the theme “The Nigerian Child, The Genius” in Abuja yesterday.

The conference which had United Kingdom Member of Parliament, MP Helen GrantProf Chris Imafidon, Alero Ayida Otodo and other renowned educators, education consultants as well as other insightful speakers from other renowned

    Catherine Enaohwo giving her welcome address

organizations was geared toward providing invaluable insights and offering alliance opportunities to policy makers, our school owners, teachers and parents and management of orphanages towards revamping the education sector and ultimately encourage strong investment in human capital development.

The convener, Catherine Enaohwo, in her welcome address, stated that “the essence of bringing together these great Nigerians to address the participants, educators, parents and other young Nigerians at this conference is to come to a united front on how we can to harness the genius in not only our children but that of average Nigerian child on the street, using education as a major tool.

“As a financial expert and Education Advocate, I believe there is a genius in every child and this can only be harnessed if Nigeria as a country plays her role of providing enabling environment for these children to manifest the geniuses in them, this would also help us in raising giants that would bring about rapid diversification of economy through human capital development”.

 Helen Grant addressing the participants at the Conference

Helen Grant, who was the first black woman to be elected as a Conservative MP, in her speech, she emphasised on the tremendous opportunities that are abound in both Nigeria and the UK, that if the two nations could considerably improve their partnerships there would be ease of doing business, pointing at age long relationship between two countries as major diplomatic factor.

“What I actually see are tremendous opportunities in both Nigeria and the UK. Both countries have a long, long history together also our countries are part of commonwealth family.  Our language is another important tool for doing business. However, this can only be possible through greater engagements for better understanding which I believe would equally engender ease of doing business and enhance business confidence between our countries and further make Nigeria more attractive for other foreign investors”, said Grant.

She added that the United Kingdom has made it a priority to fight and defeat the spirit of human trafficking, and she encouraged the CSOs and NGOs in Nigeria not to relent in rooting out this horrible scourge.

​Another Keynote Speaker, Alero Ayida Otodo, a renowned educationist delivered an insightful lecture titled “Rooted in reality,

    Dr Alero Ayida delivering her lecture

anchored in hope!” In her paper, she defined a genius as an exceptionally intelligent person, particularly in a field of endeavour.

Otodo said there has been a dysfunctional educational system in the country which means there is a large number of citizens/people who have been denied or not been able to tap into their intellectual and creative abilities.

“Despite the challenges, there are still best of creative energies oozing out of Nigeria and if we all arose and join forces, Nigeria will be rescued out of the woods. Although this may not happen in my generation but I believe next generation will, if we do it right because we may lose a generation of geniuses if we don’t act now” she said.

She mentioned lack of quality teachers as one of the major challenges in the education sector.

“A teacher who cannot read or write properly cannot raise a genius”, she affirmed.

In her recommendations, Ayida said adoption of imaginal teachers, which she likened to the metamorphosis of butterfly by using the imaginal cells for the gradual transformation from caterpillar to full winged butterfly, would go a long way in solving the challenges of half-baked teachers in education sector.

                                      Prof. Imafidon delivering his lecture

Professor Chris Imafidon, a renowned UK based education consultant highlighted several challenges confronting an average Nigerian Child. He blamed low standard of education and low literacy level in the country on the lack of political will by those in power. He termed it “a self preservation system”.

“Each time I discuss with the politicians I hear them say we only want fifty per cent of the children in the state to be educated, and I would ask them if they rather prefer their own children not to be in school, and the answer I usually got was No!, he said.

Imafidon, who is the father of five genius children who have all broken records of academic excellence in the UK said though all fingers may not be equaled but all fingers are equally function.

“Each finger does unique task differently from one another therefore, every Nigerian child deserves access to quality education, and every Nigerian child must be given opportunity to attend a University even with the resources being controlled by the state”, he affirmed.

Mr Agara, a Clinical Psychologist of Reconnect Health Development Initiative, who was amongst the guest speakers at the

Dr Stella Adagiri of Portsbridge Educational Services

event spoke extensively on how early childhood experiences and trainings play important role in what a child becomes later in life and how it could also have a lifetime impacts on a child. He advised that Delay gratification method should be applied by most parents so as to curb excesses and unruly tendencies at the early childhood stage.

“As parents, to raise a genius, you must instil some sense of discipline in your children from infancy. You don’t give your child food, gift or money whenever he or she cries or asks for it, sometimes you must adopt delay gratification, so you don’t spoil them”, he said.

Stella Adagiri, Director, Portsbridge Educational Services and a guest participant at the conference, spoke from the educator point of view that every child has got something within them that can make a difference and that educators should understand this uniqueness in every child so as not to hinder them from expressing these uniqueness in schools.

“Educators need to understand that every child is unique and that it is their duty to help these children hone these endowments either through vocational engagements or extra-curricular activities”, she stated.

Portsbridge Collaborates with HDI Reconnect to enlighten Educators on Childhood Behavioural and Psychological Disorders in Schools!

Adequate knowledge and understanding of the evolvement of behavioural patterns of any child as well as its management is pertinent particularly with societal trends in the education sector.

Several undetected and undiagnosed psychological disorders in early childhood, according to the experts, is said to be contributory to certain behavioural issues amongst adolescent and young children in the 21st Century.

It is on this premise, and the quest to fill the knowledge gap amongst educators that Reconnect HDI, in partnership with Portsbridge

Dr Stella Adagiri addressing the participants at the training

Educational Services, a frontline educational training consultancy has organised a 2 day training with the theme “Identification and Management of Childhood Behavioural and Psychological Disorders”

The training which took place at  Raberto Schools Hall, Abuja on 2nd and 3rd  of February 2018, had close to 80 registered participants in attendance most of whom were head of schools, teachers, counsellors and caregivers from private and public schools within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and its environs.

According to Dr Stella Adagiri, Director, Portsbridge Educational Services and Executive Director Raberto Schools, Abuja, “this training is very critical at this time, as behavioural issues in schools across Nigeria are becoming quite prevalent, hence urgent intervention and training such as this becomes crucial amongst educators in both private and public sectors.”

“Having identified existing huge knowledge gap in behavioural management and safeguarding of children in Nigerian Schools, we were prompted to collaborate with Reconnect HDI leveraging on our resources and strengths, to change the narratives within the education sector and bridge the knowledge gap between the public and private schools” she said.

Alex Agara, Clinical Psychologist and a facilitator at the training

Speaking further Stella affirmed that by the end of the two-day training every participant would have been well-informed on how to identify and manage behavioural and psychological disorders among children in schools and understand the various interventions and approaches to support children dealing with various forms of abuse and addiction challenges. She however noted that parents need to be carried along and cooperate with the school for effectiveness and implementation.

Alexa Agara, a Clinical Psychologist at Reconnect HDI, said most parents and teachers often ignore the early signs and symptoms of behavioural disorders in their children and pupils due awareness denial and knowledge gap.

‘’Many parents and educators often ignore or in most cases are unable to identify these behavioural symptoms which makes this training important, as it aims at furnishing and guiding them with vital information in identifying these symptoms and follow due process for instance by seeking early diagnosis and clinical help”.

Dr Dayyabah Shuaibu of Reconect HDI added that the training would also help the participants to understand the signs to look out for especially in students as the rate of substance abuse and

Dora Fadeyi, a teacher from Raberto Schools,Abuja and a Participant at the training

addiction is  on the increase and this greatly affects learning.

Dora Fadeyi, a Teacher from Raberto Schools Abuja, who was also a participant at the training, said she has learnt how to understand the peculiarities in various children and how to attend to them differently without discrimination.

“I have just received clear understanding of the roles our emotional intelligence can play in the identification and management of early childhood behavioural disorders among the students today which is quite important to my work as a counsellor” said Mrs Lilian Osemini, a School Counsellor from a Government Secondary School,

Mrs Afam, the Principal of Raberto  Schools, Abuja; one of the supporters  of the training, stated that the training was very enlightening  especially as regards to  handling teenagers  and knowing what signs to look out for in abuse and  addiction cases.

Overall the training was a huge success and the feedback very positive.

More Photos at the Training

Cross Section of the Participants at the training