Crestforth International School is located in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It provides learning/teaching between pupils and teachers in a cordial, friendly and secured environment; making synergy between the homes and the school achievable. Their curriculum accommodates diversity in learning and embraces activities that expose pupils to be global minded

Looking ahead!

The teachers at Crestforth International School want to contribute to make our society a better place to live with the aim of sustainable development. That’s why they formed The Black Carbon Knights, a team with a mission to take action where is urgently needed: the soot pollution.

The place where I live in Nigeria, is challenged by a very wicked problem of soot in the air. I intend to make my students understand what exactly is soot by showing them videos and creating an awareness regarding the health implications of inhaling soot particles.- Dr. Laxmi Raymond Jabe.

“Our goal is to encourage children to learn the importance of having a clean environment whether in terms of litter or pollution. We can create an awareness in the pupils by educating them about the urban air pollution, especially the hazards of soot as this is really affecting the health of people, especially children in the State where we live” – Black Carbon Knights Team

What are the changes and actions needed in Nigeria?

“Education for sustainable development allows every human being to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future to make judgments and choices in favour of sustainable lifestyle. But in my country Nigeria, the persistent instability in government policies drastically affects the implementation of these long-life sustainability policies in our education sector. However, in my school , we encourage students to learn through practical approaches which help them to be creative, think critically about real-world issues and to take action in response to their learning just as the saying goes ‘You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.’” – Fredrick Ochin.

In my country, there is steady improvement in content and pedagogy in the teaching-learning process. However, this is targeted more at equipping the learners with ICT-related skills in this 21st century, rather than blending it with ESD pedagogical culture.

Thinking about implementing ESD, there needs to be a thorough and intensive teacher-orientation and development courses to be well equipped to prepare the learners of this generation holistically to meet their global needs. – Chujor George Prince

“Classroom management in my country doesn’t give much freedom of choice to the learners, rather everything is decided by the teachers. Although these days, teachers are trying their best to be innovative and bring new ideas to the classroom, yet it is a long way to go to be as effective as in Finland.” – Dr. Laxmi Raymond Jabe.

What do the school’s teachers say?

“I like teaching because it helps me to learn new ideas everyday. Despite the challenges in teaching, one thing is common, being a role model in the society and the people you are teaching or have thought. Learning is a process. I’m well motivated in the teaching techniques in Module 1, I will try to make my lessons fun and more child friendly

Evaristus Nwoke

“Multidisciplinary style of teaching makes the lesson more interesting as it helps the students to develop their ability to correlate or link one topic to various subjects. I will try to find new ways to make the lesson fun and educative so that my students won’t lose interest in the topic. I will also try to make the classroom environment more friendly and conducive.”

Laxmi Raymond Jabe

“Contrary to classroom management in Nigeria, Finland students are part of their curriculum development which results in a highly efficient outcome. Students are allowed to choose or adopt their best learning styles. The teacher has no autonomy of learning. This is really great and I’ll love my country to adopt this system of education.”

David Michael Taiye

“I will find ways to make lessons more student-centered, most especially in evaluation. I will also work with other teachers to create fun hands-on activities to engage the learners.”

Chujor George Prince

“As a 21st century teacher, you need to understand the challenges of the learners, collaborate with them and be intentional to make them creative and balanced thinkers so that both the teacher and the learners will flourish.”

Fredrick Ochin

Let’s see the projects in action!

We have learnt about positive pedagogy, superpower skills of a teacher, improved classroom management, wicked science and how to tackle it, action competent skills and team work.

We will recommend this training through social media platforms, emails, text messages and verbal communication. The content of the training was great and very informative.

EduGems team is looking forward to seeing this project in action. Planet Earth needs you!

 

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