BIC Partners Educators To Enhance Learning Conditions In West Africa

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… As Hundreds Of Educators Come Together Under BIC’s Canvas Of Change Programme

Stemming from its global commitment to improve learning conditions for 250 million students by 2025, BIC has recently launched its Canvas of Change programme in West Africa.

The programme was launched in October in commemoration of Teacher Appreciation Month.

Canvas of Change aims to empower students, teachers, and parents to create meaningful and impactful change to make a lasting difference in generations to come. The Canvas of Change targets schools in Nigeria and Ivory Coast and is a phased year-long initiative.

The programme kicked off in Nigeria weekend at a masterclass run in collaboration with renowned educators, Femi Taiwo, Opeifa Olasunkanmi, and Oluwaseun Kayode.

The sessions targeted hundreds of schools and educators in Lagos and focused on delivering teaching strategies, tactics, and methodologies to further support teachers to bring the best to their classrooms and inspire and empower their students.

Commenting on the programme, Adeyemi Ojo, Business Development Head at BIC Nigeria, said: “We are committed to education, and have been supporting the sector for years – globally and regionally. This year, we have partnered with experts in the field to further expand our reach and impact. We looked at what the sector needed and where we could provide expertise and support. Education remains at the forefront of what we do, and we remain committed to equipping educators with the right knowledge, skills, and methodologies to pass on to students, who will one day lead our nation.”

Also speaking on this impactful endeavor, Opeifa Olasukanmi, Teacher and Programme Coordinator for Olusunkanmi Opeifa Educational Foundation said: “Redefining education as a gateway, not a barrier, involves mastering clear and empathetic communication through assessment and feedback.

“I am immensely thrilled to collaborate with BIC to bring this initiative to life through which we aim to empower educators to make a lasting impact on the learning experience.”

Femi Taiwo, Managing Director at TRACE Academia added: “With the fast pace of change driven by rapid digitization and globalization, young people today and tomorrow are faced with a world of work that demands a growth mindset, healthy self-awareness, and excellent 21st-century soft skills including creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork enabling them to flourish in different endeavors.

“Education delivered using the right pedagogy and creative teaching methods is one of the fundamental keys to equipping young people with these skills and this lies in the hands of their teachers. I was delighted to help equip educators with the right teaching styles and pedagogy to adopt, to create future-ready teenagers.”

Oluwaseun Kayode, Founder of Schoolinka commented: “Learning is changing rapidly across the world, and experts are reimagining education in a way that doesn’t only produce learners who have mastery over content, but those who can move from comprehending concepts to creating solutions.

” I was delighted to explore what this journey looks like with educators in Nigeria at the Canvas of Change masterclass.”

The Canvas of Change masterclass took place at the Pearl Event Classique in Lagos and hosted teachers from over 100 schools in the city.

Sessions were hosted by Olasunkanmi Opeifa, Oluwaseun Kayode, and Femi Taiwo to tackle assessment and feedback in learning; the application of thinking and analytical skills; and the adoption of creativity in teaching.

The masterclasses were widely aimed at developing resilient mindsets and effective techniques for capturing attention, bridging academic knowledge and real-world applications, reaching emotional and social intelligence, creating a positive and inclusive learning environment, and communicating for impact.

BIC’s Canvas of Change masterclass is the first phase of a series of activities that will take place in West Africa throughout the upcoming academic year.

On the sidelines of the Canvas of Change programme launch, and stemming from the same commitment, BIC inaugurated the renovation of Wesley School in Lagos after it had refurbished some of its facilities. This came as an early commemoration of the annual Global Education Week which BIC regularly celebrates.

To date, through its Global Education Week programs, BIC has worked with over 150 schools in Nigeria; impacted thousands of teachers and students; and donated necessary writing and self-expression tools to students and educational facilities in need.

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