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Setting Technology Boundaries for Kids

With the current advancement in technology, the proliferation of gadgets is rampant. These tools can be valuable for innovation and empowerment in education if used properly. However, the propensity for abuse is a reality and it is impossible for parent to be monitoring their children all the time. The more prudent action would be to place controls in the gadgets. For example, the net can be both a wonderful source of useful information and a source of inappropriate information for kids.

One of the best ways of controlling the kind of information our kids are exposed to is to format the laptops I a manner that you are able to control the kind of information that children can actually see or download. Education in Nigeria may have taken a big step to be more attuned to the latest global developments. However, parents should realize that firsthand control should be their priority in order to make sure that the kids are getting clean and safe information only.

In Preparation for the Holidays

Holidays are not only exciting but are necessary pit stops for students. During these times, our children engage in fun activities other than school. However, it is also important that kids maintain certain learning activities even during non-school days. This is because children thrive on regular schedules and also will help them appreciate learning even more.

Introduce activities that are both fun and educational during these breaks. The Jumbo activity book under the Pinwheel Series is a good tool to use this coming holiday. Children will enjoy the coloring and learning activities there. This is part of the series of school books from First Veritas that are in line with the program of early childhood education in Nigeria.

Do as I Do or Do As I Say?

Walking Your Talk

 

Nowhere can the saying “values are caught not taught” be truer than in dealing with children. Children are innately responsive to visual stimulation and have the penchant of following everything that adults do or say. Parents and preschool teachers alike should always remember that they can never teach a child something and not practice it themselves. Isn’t the nursery rhyme “monkey see, monkey do” a good reminder for this?

 

The Pinwheel Series of books includes Social Habits as well as Health education in their collection. These are excellent tools in teaching kids the value of good conduct as well as proper hygiene practices. But then, merely telling little kids to wash their hands properly is not as effective as showing them how to do it. Putting an application to the lesson makes learning easier. Where our little ones are concerned, education for empowerment means learning from good example.

Education in Nigeria: Then, Now, the Future

Just like any developing country, the education system of Nigeria has its fair share of challenges. History says that the strong system of formal education introduced by the early Europeans have deteriorated since the British colony ceased control over the country. But the country has risen up to the challenges of modern day education. Cognizant of the fact that education is the cornerstone of a nation’s development, the Nigerian government has now implemented standards that are meant to serve as empowerment to its citizens through education.

Today, school books are created to meet the demands of 21st century learning. The traditional textbooks have now shifted to leaning materials that are products of innovation. Curricula are now more responsive to the modern learner’s needs.

The future is bright for Nigeria’s education system. The advent of technology has brought some much change for the better. One can now envision a learning system that employs eBooks instead of the traditional textbooks and  students are now better equipped to compete globally.

The Litany of The Nigerian Pre-Schooler

I love reading books. I like the colorful ones best because they show pictures of different things. My mom bought me a big book as my birthday present last year. It has pictures of animals and flowers and things I see around the house. My mom told me that when I go to school, I will have plenty of books to read. I was excited!

Yesterday was my first day of school. When teacher gave us our school books I was surprised – all letters and no colorful pictures! They look like big people’s books, only with bigger prints. I was not excited anymore. I felt sleepy when teacher was reading it with us.

We had visitors when I got home from school. My mummy’s sister’s daughter, my cousin, Gloria, was excited to show me her books. She is a preschooler in another school. Her books were lovely! They had beautiful and colorful drawings and I could even see mascots and sing along CDs. My aunt said they were Pinwheel books. She mentioned something about colorful books being important to children’s education.

Now I am really sad. I wish my books were as beautiful as my cousin’s. Maybe I should throw a tantrum to change to Gloria’s school.

Promoting Pre-Primary Education in Nigeria

The Importance of Pre-Primary Education

 

Early childhood education is vital so that young children are equipped when they attend formal education later. This type of education is recognized by many societies and governments. Most countries have their own policies on education which simply means that they recognize the role of education in nation building.

Education systems should be in tuned with the needs of the times.  The advancement in technology has brought so many changes in the educational system. As the world gets increasingly connected, the need for education to develop students for global competitiveness comes to the fore. This task begins even before a child start formal education.  Hence the need to come up with an effective early childhood education system is important.

Developing countries have accepted the challenge of uplifting their education systems to meet internationally acceptable standards. School books in Nigeria are presently created to cater to this need. With innovations incorporated by educational in these learning tools, kids are now better equipped to meet the challenges of formal education.

5 Educational Needs of a Nigerian Pre-Schooler

Developing Our Children Through Multi-Skill Approach

 

Teaching preschoolers can be both challenging and enjoyable. There are just so many possibilities. An author once said that a kid’s potential is limitless. Oftentimes we hamper their development because we assume that they cannot learn certain things simply because they are kids. Today, studies have shown that the better approach to reaching small children is through multi-skill approach. More and more people are now open to the concept of multiple intelligences. When a child is trained in different skills, it opens doors for better opportunities later in life. Choosing a career or profession will not be as difficult because a good foundation was built.

Multi-skill learning is the best approach to early childhood education. It not only hones a child in a certain discipline but rather it is aimed at giving a child a head start by developing his or her  motor, social, cognitive, communicative and social skills. Today, pre-primary school books in Nigeria are more responsive to this need. Books like the Pinwheel Series are learning materials encompassing all the learning essentials of a preschooler. With innovation brought into the educational tools, learning becomes fun and children benefit from it.

Publishing in Nigeria

Challenges Besetting Publishing In Nigeria

For a consummate reader, books are windows to the world. Learning becomes easier when aided with the right reading materials. Books also play an important part of education and a nation’s literacy – a vital ingredient to any country’s development.

Just like any other developing country, Nigeria has its share of publishing challenges. According to a recent study, some of the problems Nigeria’s publishing industry is facing are poor production and insufficient distribution. This is primarily the result of inadequate capital infusion. There is also the problem of unqualified author and publishers.

However, we see a bright future. Better equipped publishers have come to the fore providing relevant learning tools students of various levels could make use of. Publishing companies like 1st Veritas are providing innovative and contemporary content in their books that will help the Nigerian government uplift the educational services it gives it people.

Need Help with School Database Clutter?

Need Help with School Database Clutter?

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Running a school efficiently is a task not meant for the faint-hearted.  One of the more challenging aspects of school management is the database. Even a small-sized school would run amiss if no system is in place for its data. And the most important ingredient for managing a school successfully is efficient database management.

An efficient school management system should include not only learning activities but management and administrative activites as well. Updated data should be retrievable by concerned individuals whether they are school officials or students. Maintaining a large database manually is a massive task that requires so much time and people working on it.

As technology continues to advance, schools now have tools to make help them get rid of school database clutter. Innovative companies like First Veritas have come up with school technology systems that answer this need. Using these systems not only makes the job easier but improves productivity as well. Also, systems providers provide consulting sessions to make sure that everything is running as it should be.

Bringing the Nigerian Schools to the 21st Century

21st Century Education System Now In Nigeria

While most modern countries have started to take advantage of the benefits of technology, a lot of developing countries are still facing huge challenges in their education system. Advancement in technology has provided the best gateways to learning and the introduction of electronic school books and modern school technology has brought radical improvement in the learning opportunities of students.

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Such are the realities of the 21st century, an opportunity that is now being realized in Nigeria. With publishing companies like First Veritas committing itself to provide innovative learning materials and educational tools, Nigeria is now well on its way to the door of global opportunities. As the world become more and more connected, the need for modern education comes to the fore. This simply means that bringing Nigerian schools to the 21st century will equip its homegrown talents and skills to compete for global jobs with confidence.

A relevant education system is one of the best ways for nations to empower its people and uplift its economy. And relevant education happens when stakeholders start consulting each other and listening to innovative ideas.