Growing up in a developing country (Nigeria), a chance at education was one of the greatest privileges one could have. As a child, when my father drove me to school, I would see children hawking on the streets. This hurt me badly and led me to organize mini lessons for my age mates in my neighborhood. I taught with complete enthusiasm and joy seeing my students were happy to learn. At that young age, I was drawn to become a teacher in order to make more impact on a wider population. I found myself greatly fascinated by the vast knowledge in the universe waiting to be acquired. My interest in learning and teaching grew over the years in which I excelled at.
During my undergraduate studies, I excelled in both academics and extracurricular activities. I was the student leader in my faculty and graduated with second-class upper.
Afterward, I did my teaching practice and was the best in my department.
I was posted to Fr Tansi secondary school, Akpu Orumba South LGA Anambra, Nigeria for the mandatory one year service. I spearheaded several sensitization programmes for the pupils on career choice and peer pressure influence. I make use of the problem solving method of teaching learnt as an undergraduate. Here, students are encouraged to solve the pertinent problem with what they have learnt instead of mere repetition aimed at passing exams. For instance, I asked my students to help control land and noise pollution in the school environment. This prepared them to be leaders in future.
After my youth service, I got job with Enugu State Government as a teacher. I emerged at the top twenty and was readily posted to Girls Secondary School Akegbe-ugwu. Since then, I have been teaching with enthusiasm like when I was a child. A child when properly motivated and trained will be an asset to the society. I am honored to be part of this noble profession.
I am optimistic that obtaining this scholarship and admission to study Msc management and leadership is the next step in achieving my goal of becoming a world class educationist, with a major eye for the furtherance of educational development of Africa’s teaching and learning strategies. It would equip me with the necessary leadership and managerial skills needed. I will also understand education policies to effectively organize the material and human resources of an educational institution. I can then contribute immensely to the restoring as well as well as maintaining good and quality education in Nigeria and Africa at large.
During my study I intend to carry out a study plan on a new trade and entrepreneurship curriculum to provide students in my home country with practical opportunities to acquire entrepreneurial competencies by taking part in in-school small-scale business ventures, to prepare them better for the world of work. The study will be focused on translating theory into practice forms to train “technological leaders who are both creative and entrepreneurial. In order for Nigeria to meet the (Sustainable Development Goals) SDGs and specifically goal 4 targets by 2030 with its current education system.
After my studies, I intend to:
- Develop an innovative strategy for an inclusive entrepreneurship education so as to minimize child hawking.
- Connect indigenous knowledge systems, or the informal knowledge that secondary schools students have of science from outside school to that acquired in school.
- Improve access and quality for disadvantaged communities.
- To use the management, leadership and comparative research skills acquired to start a primary and secondary school for the less privileged in my community.