Atlantic Hall School Epe, Lagos is leaving no stone unturned in consolidating on the various feats it has achieved over the last three decades.
So, ahead of its 30th Anniversary celebrations this year, the school, located in Epe, Lagos, plans to review its curriculum to reflect 21st century realities.
Against this backdrop, it has extended a handshake to Carlton University, Canada. The collaboration is meant to engender student/staff exchange, as well as address certain critical gaps in learning.
The deal, which was consummated at the school premises, had in attendance some members of Atlantic Board of Trustee (BoT), as well as facilitators from Carton University.
Leading the collaboration is Dean, Sprott School of Business, Carlton University, Prof Dana Brown, who noted that a learning method in the 21st century is no longer where a teacher dishes out pieces of information to learners. Nowadays, learners are more daring, adventurous, and intelligent, she said.
”This generation of teenagers is different from the previous generation with access to information and technology.
“ What they do not need is someone (teacher) to tell them the fact. They want to learn independently and apply that knowledge.They desire what makes them serious leaders; they want to make change even as teenagers, and not wait until they are 30 or 40 to make change. So, we are teaching them to find their skill, values, and reach their full potential,” she said.
In this kind of arrangement, Brown said the teacher ceases to be authoritarian but a mere facilitator, identifying his learners’skill and helping them rise to any level they wish to.
As a business expert, Brown underscored critical thinking and how germane it is to young learners as tomorrow’s businessmen and women.
She continued: “We are encouraging this young generation of teenagers to adapt to experiential or problem-focused learning.
“We recognise from the angle of business school that these learners have to behave differently for the sake of all of us.
“We are engaging the learners to solve a problem let’s say food poverty. So, we deliberate on it, send them to the field to generate interviews. And as the teacher, you use your own experience as an inspiration. You are not telling them what to do but helping them to create solutions around the problems themselves.”
Chairman, Atlantic Hall Educational Trust Fund, Mrs Taiwo Taiwo, described the collaboration as a milestone in the school’s history.
Mrs Taiwo thanked the Nigerian High Commission in Canada that facilitated the partnership.
“We are partnering with Carlton University, which is one of the best universities in Canada.
“We are partnering with them in two ways – with our SS2 and SSS3 students who might be interested in going to that university. But most importantly, we are seeking from them to send us teachers in an exchange format who will support certain critical gaps.
“This is an important day for us. This year is our 30th anniversary and one of the things we decided is that we must develop ourselves constantly. We are delighted that one of the partnerships is materialising.”
Principal, Atlantic Hall, Mr Andrew Jedas, is hopeful of both academic and cultural exchange.
He said: “Via this partnership, Carlton University will be sending us teachers to support those three areas. So our students and teachers can support themselves in areas they are lacking in. Overall, we are hoping that some of our teachers will have a cultural exchange.
An associate professor, Diane Isabelle and Professor Moses Kinggundu both of Carlton University, are upbeat the collaboration would bear fruits.
“There had been instances where we have gone abroad to partner with other schools in South America, Asia and students in Africa coming to us, but we have not had a two-way relationship, such as this. Africa is now a part and parcel of global economy more than before. So, we are looking forward to Africa becoming more a part of that,” said Isabelle.
“We want Nigerian students to benefit what we have in Canada and we want our students here to come here and learn the Nigerian way. And by bringing students of these countries together, it strengthens the global community and consolidates on the long relationship the two countries have enjoyed over the years,” Kinggundu added.