L-R: Head, Meadow Hall Foundation, Mrs. Kemi Adewoye; Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe; Founder/CEO, Meadow Hall Group, Mrs. Kehinde Nwani and Founder/CEO, PeoplePrime Ltd, Mrs. Nike Akerele De Souza at Meadow Hall Foundation’s Education Convention held recently at Landmark Event Centre in Lagos
Meadow Hall Foundation, a non-profit organisation and a member of Meadow Hall Group, organised the second edition of its Education Convention and Inspirational Educator Awards (INSEA) on Saturday 21st April 2018 at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos.
The Education Convention was well put together for teachers, school owners, parents, government officials, policy makers and other educational stakeholders to gain fresh perspectives on pertinent issues in the sector.
The theme for the Convention was “Addressing the Quality Question in the Education Sector”; the event had a great line-up of speakers and panellists that addressed various areas of concern. The Keynote address was delivered by Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos; other speakers and panellists include Mr. Fela Durotoye, Mr. Lolu Akinwunmi, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, Dr. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju, Mrs. Nike Akerele De Souza, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, Mrs. Kehinde Nwani, Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, Prof. Anthonia Maduekwe, Mr. Ola Opesan, Dr. Olufemi Ogunsanya, Mrs. Lola Esan, Mr. Babajide Duroshola, Mrs. Olayinka Obafisoye, Mrs. Fatimo Okeowo, Mrs Oluremi Tanimola and Mr. John Ofoesuwa.
The Education Convention, which commenced at 9am and ran till 4.30pm, drew over 500 delegates from within and outside Nigeria.
Speaking at the Convention, the keynote speaker, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe said that there has to be a general quality standard for the Nigerian education sector to be great again. He frowned on the quota system currently in place where cut-off marks for university admission examinations differ based on geo-political zones or tribe. He gave examples of first-world countries and explained that everything we do as a nation must be merit-based, that is the only way we can get the best hands to do the job of developing the country. He recommended that teachers should be evaluated every term just like the students they are teaching.
Mr. Fela Durotoye also said that Nigeria has to take the job of educational development seriously, as education is the sector that births all other sectors. He believes in a Nigeria where emphasis is placed on education and mental development, which will in turn drive other aspects of development.
Mrs. Kehinde Nwani, CEO of Meadow Hall Group emphasised the need for the Education Convention. She said the 21st Century professional is not one that has spent many years in any given profession, but one who is open to learning and constantly developing him or herself. According to her, quality education is vital for the holistic development of children and national transformation.
Meadow Hall Group was founded by Mrs. Kehinde Nwani. Other subsidiaries under the Group are; Meadow Hall Education, Meadow Hall Consult, Spring Meadow Edutainment, Meadow Hall Branchise, and Meadow Hall Resources. Meadow Hall Group seeks to provide through her subsidiaries, opportunities to raise excellent, Godly and well-rounded children who will become lifelong learners. Meadow Hall is committed to excellence and is passionate about the holistic development of children.