Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative has started a twelve-month long programme for 100 teachers in Oyo State, with the American Corner in Ibadan, supported by the US Consulate, with 1 Million Teachers (1MT) as a co-delivery partner.
According to the founder, of the non-governmental organization, Polly Alakija One of the ways Five Cowries Arts since its inception, the Initiative has worked tirelessly to close the teacher skills gap, by equipping teachers in Oyo state andto practice what they teach through innovation and expertise.
Explaining the maiden launch of IBADANDUN, Alakija stated that year-long programme termed, IBADANDUN project was well underway, and alumni members of the US Consulate in Ibadan have played an important part in the rollout and success of the initiative.
On the benefits of IBADANDUN, the founder, FIve Cowries Arts Education Initiative, reiterated that : ” The benefits of the IBADANDUN project go beyond the teachers themselves, and provide exciting output for the continuation of Five Cowrie Art Initiatve’s legacy as well as the passing onj of relevant tools for a broad-reaching, enhanced teaching experience.
Adding that, “At Five Cowries Arts Education we celebrate our educators. Often unsung, an empowered educator is key to unlocking the potential of the child. At FCI we do this through bringing cultural based learning into the teaching experience by equipping all educators with creative tools which are culturally relevant. It is an honour and a joy to be able to work with 100 teachers in Oyo State, the State which was my first home in Nigeria, the schools of which taught me so much about the need to deliver impactful and fun learning experiences to all.”
“At the end of the workshops, the teachers co-created an embroidery piece that becomes part of a larger fabric installation, which all future teacher trainees will contribute to. The activity serves as an illustration of how the teachers learn by doing, and not just through theory.
In addition, teachers receive packs of art materials to aid their classroom experience and intend to share their notes and learnings with other colleagues, to increase the impact and reach of the FCI initiative. Based on the response to the initiative, the trajectory of the IBADANDUN project appears to be promising thus far, and is also on track to be completed by the scheduled date.”