#TheAdventuresOfMuna Officially Launches Tomorrow

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Get ready for the launch of the #TheAdventuresOfMuna, a book designed to teach your kids safety tips through short stories authored by a seasoned safety personnel and advocate, Ugochi Obidiegwu, for your kids, wards and loved ones.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Ugochi Obidiegwu is the author of the “The Adventures Of Muna”. She owns The Safety Chic brand

Muna is your typical 7-year old African girl – happy, expressive and boisterous. Her day is filled with activities which have the potential to cause her harm, and so she needs a safety guide. Adventures of Muna is a collection of short stories about a typical day in Muna’s life and the safety habits she must learn in order to have an injury-free day. This kid-to-kid safety guide tackles various aspects of children safety, from preventing falls and handling strangers to surviving fires and using the roads safely. It passes the child safety message with simple language and familiar characters so that your child will both learn and remember.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE AT THE LAUNCH

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This book launch will be one with a difference. Your purchase would ensure that an indigent child will also have access to the book. Therefore for every single book you buy, a child somewhere in Nigeria (Abia, Kaduna, Ekiti, Port Harcourt etc.) will get a book for free. Isn’t that “awemazing”?

Release Date: 16th September, 2017
Venue: Sahara Reporters, 13 Isaac John, Ikeja GRA
Time: 2pm prompt

Preview and purchase the Paperback format here https://www.amazon.com/reader/1522078029…

And get the Kindle format here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074S6MJ63?ref_=k4w_ss_dp_lp_ip

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Prof Ogbechie, Olusola, Alabi, others to Speak at the Business of Education Summit

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Edusko, an Edtech start-up that connects parents and students with suitable private schools within and outside Africa, is organising a discussion series, called the Business of Education. The maiden edition of the eventfocused on school leadershipis expected to have over 1000 school leaders in attendance.

According Edusko founder and event convener Jide Ayegbusi, it is expected to enable participating school leaders in Nigeria learn from business and thought leaders who are passionate about helping schools improve on their offerings and outcomes.

“As you may be aware, there is a growing body of evidence that school leadership has an impact on schools and students outcomes. While a lot has been discussed about our educational system and attributed its deploying conditions to poor implementation of curriculum, inadequate funding and poor monitoring, it seems we have not always looked to school leaders as harbingers of change. This year, we would be engaging with Nigerian school leaders and discussing the importance of school leadership in improving outcomes for our schools and students,” Ayegbusi said.

On the speakers and participants, Ayegbusi said: “We are expecting over a thousand top school owners, directors, administrators, education entrepreneurs, senior educators and key stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector. It’s high time our school leaders learned from experienced and business leaders who are passionate about how the business of education is being managed and are also willing to render practical assistance. So we are inviting these carefully selected leaders from different spheres of life to a panel discussion.”

Expected speakers and panellists at this event are: Chris Ogbechie, professor of Strategic Management, Pan Atlantic University; Lanre Olusola, life coach and founder Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy and Alex Goma, managing director, PZ Cussons Nigeria.

Others are: Biola Alabi, founder, BiolaAlabi Media; Gbenro Adegbola, managing director/CEO First Veritas Educational Delivery; Dr. Adebodun Sanyaolu, CEO Adkyke Consulting and Darrell McGraw, senior partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers Nigeria.

The event, which is scheduled to hold on 12 October, 2017 at Nelo’s Place, 2, Tomi Osikoya Drive, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja is free for all registered and invited participants.

The organisation behind this event, Edusko, was launched in 2015 to help private schools across Africa become more accessible and at the same time help parents make informed school choices despite their busy schedules. At the moment, over 4,000 leading schools are listed on the platform and more than 5,000 parents have used the platform in the last one year to place their kids in suitable schools. The company has presence in over 30 states in Nigeria and more than 10 regions in Ghana.

BOOK PREVIEW: BECOMING A HIGH FLYER: LESSONS FROM THE EAGLE

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At one point or another, we have all been exposed to some form of adversity in our lives. Depending on our attitudes and how positive we handle them, these hardships have the capacity to make or break us. This is what life teaches us.

As we await the anticipated virtual launch of Becoming A High Flyer: Lessons From The Eagle” by Fortunes Paul Okoronkwo on Friday, 15th September, 2017, it is instructive to note that this book is written essentially to provide each of us with the inspiration needed to discover and release our awesome potentials.

Being a high flyer means different things to different people depending on the context in which it is used. To a layman, a high flyer could refer to “anybody who has achieved tremendous success, especially someone who has become successful more quickly than is normal” or “someone with a lot of ability that is expected to achieve a lot.” To the careerist, a high flyer could mean “someone who has achieved notable success or distinction in his/her chosen field.” While the term, in economic parlance refers to “a speculative stock that has reached very high price and trading volume in a short time.”

However, from the perspective of the writer, a perspective which informed the writing of this book, high flyers are the “Eagles of the World”. Like the eagle, they are men and women endowed with the ability to subdue heights as well as maintain altitudes reserved only for eagles. They possess great attributes similar to that of the king of birds; attributes which distinguish them from others. And they can be found dominating in every clime and in every field of human endeavor.

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What Can We Pick From Becoming A High Flyer: Lessons From The Eagle?

To achieve greatness and become all we are capable of becoming, we must adjust our beliefs and change the way we view ourselves. Inside each of us is unlimited power waiting to burst forth. To access this power within, we must develop a proper awareness of who we are and what we are each capable of doing. We must seek to unravel the real us in order to unleash our full potential.

As you read this four chapter book, learning valuable lessons from the eagle bird (a bird which for centuries and decades has inspired humanity) on how to become a high flyer, it is my hope that you will find the motivation and inspiration to start directing your life with intention and living your life to the fullest.
This book will leave you all fired up and exceptionally encouraged. More importantly, it will lay bare the guidelines for developing and achieving personal vision:

Define what you want in life – The vision of where or who you want to@ be is the greatest asset you have. Without it life will be one dull, boring and uninteresting exercise. Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Hence, conscious effort must be made to develop your own life’s vision.

To achieve this you should take time to reflect on the following questions:

What really matters to you in life? What are your passions and dreams? What are your values? What issues do you care about? What are your talents? What’s special about you? What qualities would you like to develop? What would you most like to accomplish? What legacy would you like to leave behind?

Answering these questions honestly and sincerely and acting on them is central to developing a clear vision for your life.

Capture your vision – Using one sentence or a concise paragraph,@ write your life’s vision. Consider writing a short vision statement along with a short description of how you currently see yourself accomplishing it – reaching your vision. Write everything in the present tense, as if you already have accomplished it. This creates the right frame of mind – confidence about your future – rather than keeping your vision in the distant future.

 Keep your vision visible – Once@ you’ve created your career vision statement, plaster it in various places and read it and say it aloud often. Imagine yourself achieving your life’s vision. Constantly reinforcing the image of you in your vision will help you to both consciously and subconsciously develop goals and action steps that will lead you to success.

 Take an action step – Action is needed to actualize your vision. So endeavor to take one simple action toward actualizing your vision every day. Doing this requires keeping your vision at the top of your daily priorities.

Review your vision statement regularly – Your vision can and most@ likely will change as you move closer to it. As part of a periodic planning process, you should review your vision statement and make any adjustments that you feel are necessary.

So get ready to grab your own free E copy on Friday during the E launch and learn as you read,

Click this link to join the virtual page: https://web.facebook.com/Virtual-Launch-Of-Becoming-A-High-Flyer-1122650037865399/?hc_ref=ARTVK6ufCa78YyHdKnev0TM2Wcl8VxngTbAI81d5asqeebuQLcu01by_EZ0mn9K7ju8&fref=nf&pnref=story

 

STRAIGHT STREET INITIATIVE: HELP US SEND THESE STREET KIDS TO SCHOOL

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“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
~John Dewey

There are over 1,000 children living on the streets of Enugu State, Nigeria. We aim to make that statistic one less by RETRIEVING, REHABILITATING and REINTEGRATING them. Our aim is to take these children who have been ‘bent’ by the Streets and ‘straighten’ them by offering them opportunities to acquire formal education, life-advancement skills, etc. We already have 5 kids who will move on to Grade 9 (Junior Secondary School 3) in the 2017/2018 academic session, which has just resumed in Enugu. But we do not have all it takes to make this happen, so we come to you.

An education is something we take for granted. For the five (5) street kids we are sending to school, it is an unobtainable luxury. Please help in the creation of this important mission as we change lives by giving long-suffering and disadvantaged teenagers both the hope and the tools needed to live fruitful and happy lives.

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We are so CLOSE to our GOAL. If EVERYONE who sees this post gave JUST N100, we would have enough funds for the entire academic session’s MATERIALS and TUITIONS. PLEASE HELP CHANGE A LIFE!

Below is what it will cost us to take care of the educational needs of each child this academic session:

ITEMS                                                           QUANTITY                                      COST PRICE

  • Shirt and short                                            5                                            4,000
  • Sandals                                                          5                                            2,500
  • School Bag                                                    5                                            3,000
  • White Socks                                                  5                                            500
  • Mathematical Set                                         5                                            400
  • 80 leaves long note Exercise Books 16 (200 each)                              3,200
  • Tuition                                                           5                                             1,800

TOTAL – N61, 600

TEXT BOOKS (2000 Each) X 16 X 5 Kids = N32,000

GRAND TOTAL SCHOOL NEEDS OF EACH CHILD = N47, 400

NB – For these five kids, it will cost N221,600.00 We are grateful for your help!

 

LIST OF TEXT BOOKS NEEDED (Each costs N2000)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE – Intensive English for Junior Secondary School

MATHEMATICS – New General Mathematics for Junior Secondary

IGBO LANGUAGE – Mbido Igbo

BASIC TECHNOLOGY – NERDC Basic Technology for Junior Secondary

SOCIAL STUDIES – Social Studies for Junior Secondary

BASIC SCIENCE – Basic Science for Junior Secondary

PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Comprehensive Physical Education for JSS

FRENCH – Bonjour L’Afrique

COMPUTER STUDIES – Computer Studies for Beginners

CIVIC EDUCATION – Civic education for JSS

HOME ECONOMICS – Home Economics for JSS

CULTURE AND CREATIVE ARTS – for JSS

CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

BUSINESS STUDIES – Spectrum Business Studies for JSS

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE – Spectrum Agricultural Science for JSS

 

To donate, kindly send your token to:

GT Bank

Account Name – Straight Street Initiative

Account Number – 0254187084

‘Let us remember that One Child, One Teacher, One Pen And One Book Can Change The World. We must be determined that our dream of quality education for all will also come true’ – Malala Yousafzai

 

The most educated state in Nigeria

Education is a priority for any country! It provides the key to the development of its economy. However, different Nigerian states have a different level of education! Which state is the most educated state in Nigeria? Take a look at our Top 10 most educated states in Nigeria!
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What is the most educated states ranking based on?
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Education is a vital element for every person. It requires a lot of effort, time and money. Education in a country is not only about schools but many other educational institutions. It helps people cope better with the outside world! The most educated people of the country can provide a real development to all branches of economy in this country.
Nigeria is one of the most populated countries in Africa! In addition, it’s one of the most educated countries on the continent. It consists of 36 states, where hardworking people work towards the country`s development. Education is another tool to achieve this development. For a long time, the South-West states have been dominating the market of education in Nigeria.
How about this year? Which are the most educated states in Nigeria? There are a lot of standards that have been considered while compiling the list of the most educated states, like:
– Literacy level;
– The number of educational institutions;
– The number of scholars and professors;
– The number of educated women.
It’s not the whole list but the most crucial points of education for any country. This top 10 ranking is based on the data from the National University Commission (NUC) Statistics. This does not mean you have to agree with this ranking, but you can`t ignore the statistics, can you?
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The most educated state in Nigeria – Top 10
10. Ogun state
10. Ogun state
The most prominent education facilities of Ogun state are three schools of the federal level:
– Odogbolu College;
– Sagamu College;
– Federal Government Girls` College.
The State also has these higher institution:
– Tai Solarin College of Education;
– Federal University of Agriculture;
– Moshood Abiola Polytechnic;
– Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye.
It’s not the whole list of the institutions in the state, but you can get a general picture of education in this part of the country!
9. Ondo State
9. Ondo State
Ondo State has its ups and downs when it comes to education. This process of education can be traced from Baba Adekunle Ajasin to Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. According to Hope Newspapers, the state used to be in the top five most educated states. Today, it has lost its education position. The situation in the state shows that without good administration it’s impossible to develop the educational sector.
8. Bayelsa State
8. Bayelsa State
According to the Vanguard, about N40 billion has been invested into the education system of the state in recent years. This sum of money was invested in infrastructure that can provide a higher level of education. According to the State Education Commissioner, this pile of money was used in accordance with the Restoration Government. The funds helped the state to get on this top 10 most educated states ranking.

7 Things Nigerian Students Can Do While ASUU is On Strike

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It has been a few years since students in Nigerians had to deal with long-term strikes; and just at the moment we thought the era of students having to stay an extra 2 to 3 years in school due to unnecessary strikes by championed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was over, they strike again.

It certainly felt like Deja Vu when the National President Of The Union, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this on Monday at a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU in Abuja that there would be an indefinite strike and that during the strike, there will be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union’s branches across the country.

There is some value in ASUU going on strike. They hope that issues such as payment of fractions/ non-payment of salaries, as well as Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); refusal to release the operational license of NUPEMCO; and the non-implementation of the provisions of the 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries, will be sorted.

It is easy for affected students to get into a lazy mode, where they sit around doing nothing or just meshing the entire time into one long continual nap fest…wasting valuable time and making no positive strides in their life all through the period of the strike.

If you are one of the affected students and you are wondering how you could possibly make this “indefinite” time worth your while, you may want to consider a handy list of helpful suggestions.

1.Start a Business
There is no age too young for becoming an entrepreneur. Use this period at home to start a small business. You could either sell products or render a service. The good thing is that you do not necessarily need a large capital to get yourself started. You also have the social media as a very important promotional tool.

You could start a home cleaning service or food delivery service…there are so many options.

Managing a business gives you a lot of opportunities to gain a lot of experience with will be beneficial when you eventually conclude your studies.

2.Learn a new skill
You finally have the time to learn a new skill. It could be photography, jewelry making, learning to play an instrument like the saxophone or guitar, baking, writing and producing music or playing a sport like football, tennis or volleyball. Take the time to learn it and get really good at it. Not only does it give you an edge and provide opportunities for a side hustle, it will help build your self-confidence and give you value for time invested.

3.Enroll for a professional certification course
The university might be closed but there are other avenues for learning. You can enroll in short courses online or for professional classes that will grant you certain qualifications that may become relevant in future. Even if you do not have the money to pay for these courses, you can go for free ones on portals like Coursera or Edx.
You don’t necessarily have to get a certificate; the idea is to acquire new knowledge that will be relevant to your career goals or aspirations.

4.Get a job
While you are at home, you might as well make a little money. Get a job as an intern or assistant in an office or company. You can even get a job as a paid apprentice at a salon or creative studio. Even more, you may decide to go for something freelance like writing or blogging.

The beauty of the internet is that you can get connected to so many job opportunities without necessarily breaking a sweat. The money made may not be the kind that will set you up for life, but it may be enough for extra chills…and then again, working would be fun and educational. You learn the value of time and money and attain the essence of work ethic and work culture.

5.Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the society or just do some good with your time. You can volunteer at NGOs or religious organizations, where the aim is to help others and better the society.

You could also get involved in a number of empowerment programs tailored for young people where certain skill-sets you possess may be needed.

There is a measure of accomplishment and sense of fulfillment that comes with serving humanity. It also exposes you to great opportunities like training, travel e.t.c.

6.Travel
There is never a bad time to travel. As a student, you may not have a lot of resources available for long leisurely trips, but you can visit another state within the country or just other cities within your state. Travelling can be fun and educational at the same time for students.

It is also a great way for students to learn more about the world around you and open yourself to alternative cultures tradition and lifestyles. You could travel to other African cities or continents if you can afford it or you have a sponsor as well. The important thing though, is that you keep your ear on the ground while on your travels, so you are well informed when the strike is called off.

7.Attend seminars and personal development events
The period at home maybe offer a great opportunity to improve on your social skills. Attend conferences and seminars as well as events. It does not have to be professional or vocational seminars or events. It could be events that offer opportunities to explore your hobbies or just enjoy yourself. Also, it offers opportunities for networking and exposes you to new connections. It could be book readings, slam poetry competitions, meetups, concerts e.t.c

The truth is that being on an “indefinite” strike sucks; however, being positive about how you spin it, could make the time really worth your while. Can you think of other ways students can engage themselves pending when ASUU calls off the strike?

Four Countries With the Easiest Visa Procedures For International Students

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Over time studying abroad has actually become more accessible to students in a number of countries. You only need to do your research well enough to reveal these countries with good tertiary institutions and relatively easy visa procedures for international students, and take advantage of their offers. Here are four countries with the easiest visa procedures for international students.

Canada

Canada is considered as one of the top study destinations in the world because of its great universities, reasonable cost of living and beautiful environment and landscape. The country has quite an easy procedure for students to apply for study visas. The process basically requires the student to first apply for and gain entry into a Canadian university and then obtain a Canadian study permit, which is renewable for the length of the students study period. The best part of a Canadian study visa is that, not only can an individual study as an international student, he/she can also work as a student, obtain a post-graduation work permit, gain Canadian work experience and learn about pathways towards Canadian citizenship. Also, another great perk is that you can bring family members with you! You can learn more about studying in Canada by visiting the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website.

 

Germany

What is better than a country that has abolished tuition and fees at public universities? Nothing! Germany is such a country and another great place for international students to consider. Aside having an easy visa procedure for international students, it has a reasonable cost of living and some of the world’s finest universities. Basically, the process of getting a German study visa is to first gain admission into a German University, then complete a visa application and attend an interview. A positive outcome sees you obtaining a German study visa that allows you to study and work in the country. In addition, if you want to go to Germany just learn their language, you can obtain a language-study visa that lasts for a good two years and be on your way to learning the awesome language.

 

New Zealand

This is another country with an easy visa procedure for international students. Basically, you start by checking out the types of study visas the country offers and then begin your application process. You can also contact the program or university that accepted you and ask for their help in your visa application process; they can provide you with valuable information.

 

Ireland

This country has such an easy visa procedure for international students that it can all be done online. Surprising right? Of course, you will need proof of your acceptance to a program of study and then the required paperwork. You can also contact the international students services office of the institution for assistance with the process, if you need it. An Irish study visa also gives you access to part-time employment depending on your program’s eligibility.