Monthly Archives: September 2013

Be Inspired: Dr. Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. At the age of 3, he learned the alphabet from his mother; at 5, while learning to read and write, he already showed inclinations to be an artist. He astounded his family and relatives by his pencil drawings and sketches and by his moldings of clay. At the age 8, he wrote a Tagalog poem, “Sa Aking Mga Kabata,” the theme of which revolves on the love of one’s language.

He had always excelled in school and studied in Spain to be a doctor to help her mother who was going blind. He had so many accomplishments but the one that gained him the most respect from people all over the world was to seek political and social reforms for his country through education instead of bloody revolutions. He is famous for his statement that the youth are the hope of the fatherland.


Bullying in Schools

Bullying in schools has become so prevalent and is no longer confined to congested public schools but has now spread in private schools where children of well-to-do families attend. It was once believed that troublesome children are only found in underprivileged families. However, this is entirely untrue.

Bullying can take many forms – from subtle intimidation to actually inflicting physical injuries on their hapless targets. Finding a solution to these increasing incidents of school violence should merit the immediate attention of not only school officials concerned, but also of the police force and the whole community. Public awareness should be increased and cooperation (such as reporting of incidents) should be encouraged so that proper intervention can take place.

Kids who are being bullied should be encouraged to speak out and parents should be keen observers in the change of behavior of their children towards school. This can be a telltale sign that the child is being bullied.

Be Inspired: Dr. Philip Emeagwali

Dr. Philip Emeagwali, who has been called the “Bill Gates of Africa,” was born in Nigeria in 1954. Like many African school children, he dropped out of school at age 14 because his father could not continue paying his school fees. However, his father continued teaching him at home and everyday, Emeagwali performed mental exercises such as solving 100 math problems in one hour. His father taught him until Philip “knew more than he did.”

Growing up in a country torn by civil war, Emeagwali lived in a building crumbled by rocket shells. He believed his intellect was a way out of the line of fire. So he studied hard and eventually received a scholarship to Oregon State University when he was 17 where he obtained a BS in mathematics. He also earned three other degrees – a Ph.D. in Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan and two Masters degrees from George Washington University.

Dr. Philip Emeagwali is known as the inventor of the world’s fastest computer.


Be Inspired: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879.  In 1896, he entered the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich to be trained as a teacher in physics and mathematics.

Einstein always appeared to have a clear view of the problems of physics and the determination to solve them. He had a strategy of his own and was able to visualize the main stages on the way to his goal. He regarded his major achievements as mere stepping-stones for the next advance. Among his most famous works are the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics.

Einstein’s gifts inevitably resulted in his dwelling much in intellectual solitude and, for relaxation, music played an important part in his life.


Be Inspired: Introduction

History has given us great people who we can look up to and get inspiration from. Many of them have trodden paths that are not popular and have faced challenges that would daunt the faint-hearted. Yet, despite the odds, they continued to pursue the things that they believed would be better for the empowerment of humanity.

It is said that everything in this world happens twice – first in the mind, then in reality. These inspiring people are concrete examples of perseverance, of tenacity and of fortitude. I once heard that a man with a dream can never be denied.  Some of our next articles will be our salute to those who chose to take the challenge of trailblazing and succeeding.

Some of these people include:

Basic Internet Tips For Secondary School Students

Advancement in technology has brought us a new era in the lives of our secondary school students. Nonetheless, it requires monitoring and some basic tips to keep in mind to ensure responsible and safer online use.

  1. Remember that nothing is private in the internet even if it is called “private”.
  2. Teen life is exciting but be sure not to post embarrassing, compromising or cruel posts.
  3. Never disclose sensitive information such as your address.
  4. Be a good citizen of the World Wide Web.
  5. Observe prudence in downloading materials.
  6. Practice critical thinking. Always ask if the site is reputable.
  7. Think of the Golden Rule. This is true in the online world as well.
  8. Do not go to dubious sites. There may be some dangers lurking around.
  9. Always tell your parents if anything creepy happens.
  10. Do not forget that it is always better to be safe than be sorry later.

Remember that what you post establishes your reputation.

Take advantage of School’s Open Day

Open days are wonderful opportunities for parent and teacher interaction. It is also an avenue where parents meet other parents and for parents to take a glimpse of what is going on in school. It is a day of fun and discovery. It is also a day where parents can discuss with their children special concerns regarding their child’s education.

For a lot of schools in Nigeria, an open day is also a way of promoting your school. When parents see that their children are learning through the many activities that they are doing, they are apt to give a good word about the school to their friends. It is a good “word of mouth” marketing strategy.

Both the school and parents can take advantage of this to fit their purposes. The school can use this medium to re-assure the parents that they are getting their money’s worth by show-casing the several achievements of the pupils. The parents too can get better and direct understanding of their ward’s challenges and victories in school.

Playing Hooky! (The Truant Student’s Guide)

I am a truant student and I think it’s cool. Well actually there are a few of us in school who belong to this cool club. We are all smart kids and school doesn’t interest us anymore. I can spend my time playing video games and not worry about not passing the exams. Didn’t I tell you I am smart?

So here’s what I do. I make sure to leave for school early as usual so mom and dad will think their little angel is in school learning. Of course I don’t want them to worry about me – well what they don’t know won’t hurt them, right? Teacher is too busy with the other kids so I am sure she will have no more time telling my parents. Or does she even know I am missing?

On the few days I go to school, you know, to keep up appearances, Archie Comics keep me company. Who has time or energy for boring school books?! Certainly not me!

The principal said to study for empowerment, bla bla bla……… Who says Archie doesn’t empower me?!

For now, I’ll just enjoy my little shot at freedom. School and education can wait til I get older, iThink………. iHope.

Education for People with Disability in Nigeria

Access to education should be open to all people. Physical disabilities should in no way hamper a person’s right to privileges that are normally enjoyed by able people – such as education. Unfortunately, society has the tendency to look at a differently-abled person with pity and relegate them to begging instead of providing gainful employment. This is happening simply because are not well trained or educated as their able counterparts.

The advancement in technology should provide avenues so that disabled people in Nigeria can also experience the advantages that education in Nigeria brings.  Innovation is not hard to implement in the face of modern technology today and making formal learning accessible to everyone is an effective tool for people empowerment. We should all realize that the potential of a differently-abled person is not limited to asking for charity. Giving them the right opportunities will enable them to become productive citizens.

10 Advantages Of E-Distribution

E-distribution is fast becoming the trend in product distribution. This is because the system offers several advantages that the traditional method does not. Here goes…

  1. Online distribution is accessible to a lot more customers .
  2. Purchase orders are easily acted upon.
  3. The manufacturer or producer has direct communication with the buyer
  4. Distribution cost is lower
  5. Possible shortages and the need for lead times are eliminated
  6. Lesser need for manpower
  7. Payment system is efficient
  8. Total overhead cost is greatly reduced
  9. Market reach is vast and extensive
  10. Generally bigger profit

The major factor that makes online distribution attractive is its direct nature. Middlemen are eliminated and buyers are assured that they are dealing with genuine producers and manufacturers.

First Veritas is a 21st Century company in Nigeria that offers e-distribution services. They have access to over 1000 online retailers.