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November 28, 2018

EdCampNigeria; Why Teachers Should Attend

EdCampNigeria; Why Teachers Should Attend
William Jackson, M.Ed. Twitter @wmjackson

Team EdCamp Nigeria

EdCampNigeria is approaching Saturday, December 15, 2018,
providing a way to build PLN – Professional Learning Networks
and PLC Professional Learning Communities across Nigeria to
enhance educational successes in the classrooms of Nigeria.
The diversity of educational resourcefulness that influences
student learning in choosing career paths as student’s
transition the educational process. This process can be
challenging for students, parents and even teachers because
of the lack of resources, professional development, monies
and even parental involvement. EdCamp provides a way to
share best practices, strategies and lesson plan ideas,
classroom management strategies and how to increase parental

Teachers need professional development that addresses “their”
needs to help build classroom and school cultures of learning.
The culture that education is important not just for the current
learning levels, but for generational successes that build a
nation with intellectual leaders. Leadership comes in many forms,
education creates a foundation for creating societies that are
humanitarian and reaches across the tables of gender, culture,
generation and educational levels. Any nation that seeks to grow
in national and international influence need a highly educated society.

The understanding that schools do influence the culture of
communities, allowing an avenue to join people in better
communication, increased economic wealth and self-esteem
levels to believe in their individual dreams for success.
EdCamps do this and more, they bring together like minded
educators that want the best for all their students and the
communities they live in. From high tech classrooms to those
that are low tech or no tech. Education provides a foundation
where everyone is respected for their dedication to a profession
that influences the nation of Nigeria and the continent of
Africa. #EdCampGlobal #EdCampNigeria

On the continent that historically has the oldest universities and
places of intellectual growth Africa, a fitting place to have
increased numbers of EdCamp conferences that allow teachers
of all levels to share, bond, communicate and collaborate.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the earliest places of
higher learning were founded in Asia and Africa, predating the
first European medieval universities. The University of
Al Quaraouiyine, founded in Morocco by Fatima al-Fihri in 859,

is considered by some to be the oldest degree-granting
university. There were smaller centers of learning pre-dating
even this that taught others to “teach” intellectual design
theories and practices. Nigeria is keeping the traditions of
intellectual growth. Past educators such as Chinua Achebe,
Wole Soyinka and others represents intellectual greatness.

Teaching has seen transformative change in strategies, design
theory, differential instruction, creating cultures of excellence and
high expectations as they work to reach children of diversity.
Even the integration of technology is changing how students will
function in the world and preparing them to solve social and global
problems even before they are created. Teachers bring balance and
purpose, EdCamp Nigeria is creating a culture
of engagement and professional respect.

Teacher centered instruction to student centered learning, this
teaching and learning style involves increased educational exposure
to strategies, methods and practices. Education in Nigeria is changing
and Nigerian / African educators are building their skill sets to
prepare the future leaders of their nation and continent. It can only
be done through proper educational foundations.

Education does not have perfect environments complete with
“state of the art” hardware and software and students that are
“perfect.” Teachers teach in imperfect worlds that requires
teaching everyone, to adapt our instructional skill-sets to students
that accept learning and those that see it as a challenge and not
valuable because they do not see the empowerment of education.
Educators are vital for the divergence of Nigeria and Africa as a future
global leader. The more Africans can read the more they can set their
futures of independence and self-governship. Reading is fundamental
to the freedoms of African nations. Wole Soyinka has stated,
“Books and all forms of writing have always been objects
of terror to those who seek to suppress the truth.”
Education opens the minds to explore humanity and engage
in the improvement of it, not the enslavement of human life.

African families are influenced,  the more children are
educated the more African families thirst for education and
achievement. Teachers adapt, make modifications and
make learning relevant. Teachers see the “big picture” that
they are important to the world because they have young
lives in their hands that will influence the world.

Nigerian teachers are learning to prepare all their students for
careers that are not even created yet and preparing them to
solve complex problems that are not yet problems.
EdCamp Nigeria will help fill a gap in the “bookshelf,”
stated years ago by Chinua Achebe, the grandfather of
African literature. Nigerian people have a story and can
only be learned through education. The “gap in the bookshelf”
needs to be closed so Nigerians can learn through quality
education what their place is in the world.
Chinua Achebe 2015

EdCamp Nigeria will help the integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across the Nigerian nation. Teachers are
connected in a solidarity that has evolved into a brotherhood and
sisterhood of African educators mentoring each other and
inspiring each other. The educational goals are to engage the whole
child and foster achievement in all students. Students should be
challenged and guided by teachers to be creative, innovative, and
adaptive thinkers.
“EdCamp is an organic, participant-driven professional
development experience, created by educators for educators.
Educators and administrators are turning to EdCamps to
provide valuable, relevant and transformative learning so
teachers can grow in a profession of consistent adaptation
and educational foundations.

Teachers now have a professional development tool
to aid in instruction, building self-confidence and to drop
some knowledge to those entering into the field that
influences other fields of study and change.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  Malcolm X
EdCamps have a purpose driven life to help teachers help
each other. An educated society is a growing and progressive

EdCamp Global
EdCamp Nigeria

Hello from William Jackson to EdCampNigeria

Sule Jacob Olaoluwa
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