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

Taster Program with St. John’s College in the United Kingdom

“My Experience in  St John’s College, UK was amazing and unforgettable one” – Othniel Ameh, Raberto Schools, Abuja pupil!

It is always a fulfilling experience for teachers and parents to see their pupils and children perform excellently in both academics and co-curricular activities.

Othniel, his friends and Andrew Towse of St John’s College

This is an exclusive story of Othniel Ameh, a grade 4 student of Raberto Schools, Abuja who spoke about his incredible experience as he enrolled  on the Exchange Taster Program with St Johns College in the United Kingdom.

Othniel Ameh who is also a young soccer enthusiast said he had an amazing and unforgettable experience learning in a new environment while he attended St Johns College Junior School in Portsmouth.

“It was really an amazing experience and I learnt a lot. It was so much fun I wanted to stay  back. I learnt about other sports like hockey and rugby, which was a new experience for me”

“The pupils and teachers were very friendly and I made new British friends although l was the only African in my class. The pupils were really nice to me and I also treated everyone with respect which is one of our core values in Raberto” he stated.

Othniel added that there were some similarities and differences with regards to the teaching and classroom structure compared to what he was used to in Nigeria.

Othniel and his St Johns College counterparts on the pitch during soccer class

“We did lots of classroom activities, no homework or extra lesson while I was there. They did subjects like history and geography, and Saturday was for sports and other activities. I am so happy my parents supported my dream and I had this great experience through Raberto School” he echoed in excitement.

The Exchange Taster Program, according to Dr Stella Adagiri, Executive Director, Raberto Schools Abuja is a special programme designed to help develop the links with schools in other countries and Raberto Schools to enable learning across cultures for both students and teachers.

Othniel and one of the teacher of St John’s College, UK

She added that this programme was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the frontline Educational Consultancy, Portsbridge Educational Services which was established in the United Kingdom and has now emerged in Nigeria.

“Portsbridge has helped to develop teachers to acquire more training and school placement opportunities  abroad so as to keep abreast with the international best practices and current developments in teaching and learning ” she stated.

She further described the benefits of Exchange Taster Program as enormous and crucial to facilitating better learning experiences for not only Raberto Schools and its students but for other schools in Nigeria to take advantage of.

Othniel’s mother, Mrs Joy Ameh, who was excited said she was happy she took advantage of the opportunity and has found so much fulfilment for enrolling her son into Raberto School, Abuja.

“When l told Dr Stella Adagiri I would like my son to have some experience in a UK school especially with his interest in Sport. I was excited when she told me about the exchange taster program with St Johns College. Initially was sceptical because Othniel was in Grade 4 but luckily, she was able to arrange a slot for him in the Junior School and also to play with a football team in Portsmouth” she explained.

Othniel having fun learning new subjects in the UK

She added that Othniel was initially nervous on the first day, but I encouraged him to believe in himself and be confident.  He ended up making lots of friends and became very famous in the short time he spent there.

“In terms of his academic ability my son coped very well. He actually was placed in year 5 instead of 4, yet he was above average. I am so pleased with the standard and quality of education in Raberto School ’’ she affirmed.

Mrs. Ameh while commending the dedication of Raberto School said that the teachers are so committed and often show much concern about the general wellbeing and academic development of the students which is evident in her son.

“One of my friends in the UK was compelled to ask about the school my son was attending in Nigeria, and she really appreciated the excellent work and standard of Raberto School” she said.

Mr David Ameh, added that as parents they are committed to ensuring that they support and encourage their children in fulfilling their dreams and academic pursuit whilst exposing them to opportunities like the exchange taster program. We look forward to more of such opportunities.