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By Michael Omisore, CNB News

Lagos, Nigeria (CNB News) –  Lagos State Education District III led by Dr. Yinka Ayandele recently launched an initiative called EDUGLOW to enhance remote learning and aid students in navigating and adjusting to the new normal being forced by the current pandemic. The initiative has as offerings teaching materials, counseling and guides. In this interview, Dr. Ayandele, the Tutor General and Permanent Secretary of the district covering the Lagos Island, Lekki and Epe, sheds light on why her administration took such a bold initiative.

Why EDUGLOW and what is its ultimate aim?

EDUGLOW is a child of necessity. The need to keep learning despite school closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought this idea. E-learning, as good as it is, is not in favour of students who do not have needed resources to benefit from it. EDUGLOW has come to bridge the gap and to serve as an essential aid for students. The ultimate aim is to inspire students to move up to the next level of achievements in life.

How critical is students’ engagement with learning during this unintended break?

Really, it is important to note that learning does not take place alone in the classroom. Students, teachers and parents must know that learning can take place in other places using technology. We have exposed our students in Lagos State to different platforms to ensure that learning continues. Radio, TV, different online platforms, even telephone is being used; that is what the toll-free lines are for. Students call in to ask questions concerning their subjects, future career, certain concepts they don’t understand, and there is always a teacher at the other end to answer the questions. For us in the district, we ensure we engage students in active learning by involving their parents and family. If a student is off the platform for some time, we call to find out why. We take and monitor attendance in order to do that. However, we are aware, as the attendance and follow-up show, that not all students can join us online or even on TV and radio because of electricity issues. That is why the worksheets have to be. We print all lessons taken online and distribute at specified locations so that no child is left behind.

Why the need to counsel students at this time?

Definitely, Covid 19’s impact is on everyone, economically, psychologically, health wise, and other aspects of life. The counseling is not only for students but for as many people that will need such at this time. It is important to have psychological stability and wellbeing. When one is not stable psychologically, he is not able to think straight and plan ahead. The post Covid new normal has come to stay, and only those who are able to upgrade themselves to navigate the new normal in order to reduce the effect to the minimal level will be able to thrive through this period. Our students are the leaders of tomorrow and we believe that tomorrow starts today. So, we are to ensure their wellbeing. Many of them are facing issues and psychological pains, and they just want to talk to someone. Now, we receive nothing less than 25 calls a day, and we just started. As more students get to know about the counseling offer, the number will increase. We do not limit the offer to students from the district but from other districts in the state and even students from other states. We do not only counsel, we also follow up. We have a working relationship with social workers from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Public Defender of Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Health because some of these students have challenges beyond learning, and they need to be counseled appropriately and accordingly. I want to use this opportunity to thank all these ministries and agencies for their support.

Is the EDUGLOW idea only for students within District III? Can other students in other districts or states benefit from it?

EDUGLOW is for all students in Lagos and beyond particularly those who are not able to afford necessary devices to access online platforms. Although the idea was birthed in Education District III and the hard copies are printed and distributed at designated points here, the soft copies are sent to all public and private schools through appropriate channels and we have some good responses on the usage.

 

How sustainable is the EDUGLOW idea and what is the big picture for it?

EDUGLOW is about adding value to society. This is something we intend to do free of charge as long as we have sponsors. For now, we have only two sponsors and we will intensify effort in seeking more sponsors. Government cannot handle the task of education alone so we don’t intend to ask for funding from government. We have started with English Language and Mathematics, but we are planning to extend to other subjects. One unique thing about the EDUGLOW worksheets is that they are instructive as well as interactive. They have a combined textbook and workbook format.

What other proactive ideas is your district working on to better the lot of students?

Whatever idea or initiative we take in the district is to first ensure safety and then growth so that our students can compete globally. We are preparing them using various platforms. We are also introducing public speaking, diction, and any other competence building-skills to ensure their potentials are developed optimally. Everything is based on the needs of the students. We join hands with stakeholders for necessary provision and give orientation to parents to support their children at home.

What unprecedented steps is the current administration in Lagos taking toward transforming education in the state despite all odds?

The current administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has taken a giant step to infuse education with technology. Initially, the usage had been at the minimal level, but now it is heartwarming to see our students developing applications, and no child wants to be left behind. Our students are winning laurels, those who are not winning are doing fairly well within their capacity and striving to be better. I want to appreciate Mr. Governor and also the current Commissioner of Education in Lagos State, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, who is so energetically desirous of a total transformation in education in the state. I am privileged to work for and alongside these two great leaders. I am glad to be part of this administration.

What advice do you have for today’s students in the light of the new normal that has been forced upon us by the pandemic?

There is no student that does not have a potential. Average, above or below right now, no child should feel disadvantaged. I would love every student to see himself or herself as someone that has something to contribute positively to society. And we as policy implementers are here to assist in bringing out the best in every student.

Dr. Ayandele (middle) presenting the EDUGLOW worksheet

60 Comments

  • Akinremi F. Mrs., July 5, 2020 @ 5:35 pm Reply

    A good thing, a right part, in the right direction. A trailblazer and a proactive leader in Education District 111.
    My TG/PS, Eduglow a baby now, will no doubt be nurtured to maturity in the near future and will go places far and wide.
    And of a truth, Covid-19 has never been a hindrance to teaching and learning in our District; for we all have welcomed and accepted technology amongst others as the new norm to Educating our Learners.
    Thank you ma for the innovation.
    God bless you ma.

  • Sanni,A.R., July 5, 2020 @ 5:24 pm Reply

    Bravo to our dynamic and visionary TGPS Dr.(Mrs)Yinka Ayandele for the precious privilege the EDUGLO worksheets and the Toll-free counseling line has presented to the students. All the timely initiatives are pace-setting ,highly commendable ,and moving the students in the direction of outstanding academic success.Your selfless efforts and result-oriented programs are sincerely appreciated as they are capable of giving the learners solid and rewarding experience at this crucial periods(COVID-19 and Formative years challenges)of their lives. More blessings and greater heights. More divine wisdom ma.

  • Dawodu-GAJI Fatima Abimbola, July 5, 2020 @ 4:50 pm Reply

    Bravo to our mama Olufolayimika Ayandele for her great initiative on education for students in Lagos State district 3 to be precise, even teachers also benefited as they teach e studies during pandemic.

  • OLADOSU, July 5, 2020 @ 3:55 pm Reply

    What a remarkable woman with a remarkable achievement! Kudos to you ma.

  • Olugbenga Cecilia iroyinayo, July 5, 2020 @ 1:45 pm Reply

    Now, I see the reason why it is good to place the right people at the right position. You are the best person to suit the position. More grace to your elbow for promoting District III in all ramifications. Thanks a bunch ma.

  • Dr. R. A. Salisu, July 5, 2020 @ 1:17 pm Reply

    Kudos to Dr. Mrs. Ayandele.
    More power to your elbow ma.
    Forward ever!

  • BAYO-SUNMONU B.O EDU DIST 111, July 5, 2020 @ 12:59 pm Reply

    Wao!This is another great achievement .Kudos ma.You are a jewel of Inestimable value.God will renew your Strength and grant you more grace in the name of Jesus Christ.

  • Clement Akindele OWABUMUWA, July 5, 2020 @ 10:34 am Reply

    Kudos to our TG/PS Dr (Mrs) Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele who is unique her approach of focusing on inclusiveness in line with the goal of education for ALL.

  • Adediran A.C., July 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am Reply

    EDUGLOW has shown that Covid-19 or any other restriction cannot stop teaching and learning in our world. Thank you Dr.(Mrs) Olufolayimika Ayandele for this innovation.

  • Banjoko Comfort Ayodele, July 5, 2020 @ 10:23 am Reply

    Kudos to our dynamic and visionary leader Dr (Mrs) Yinka Ayandele for the moulding the lives of the future leaders.
    God bless you ma.

    • Banire, Taiwo, July 5, 2020 @ 11:06 am Reply

      EDUGLOW… another outcome of critical thinking and a proven record of being proactive! Please keep it up ma!

  • Banjoko Comfort Ayodele, July 5, 2020 @ 10:19 am Reply

    Kudos to our dynamic and visionary leader Dr (Mrs) Yinka Ayandele for moulding the live of the future leaders. God bless ma.

  • PASEDA OLUFEMI B., July 5, 2020 @ 10:15 am Reply

    Education is the best legacy we can give to our children. It is that best legacy that our very hardworking and highly resourceful TGPS has been laying its foundation from the word go.
    Kudos to you ma !

  • OLAWUNI O.A. MR (KAJHS), July 5, 2020 @ 10:12 am Reply

    With the recent and present innovations, the students within the district and beyond are privileged to sound education amidst all odds.
    Qudus to the innovator.

  • OLAWUNI O.A.(KAJHS), July 5, 2020 @ 10:02 am Reply

    With the recent and present innovations in teaching-learning methodology, students within the state and above are highly privileged to sound education among all odds.
    Qudus to the innovator.

  • ODUWOLE DANIEL, July 5, 2020 @ 8:33 am Reply

    You have really added value to Lagos and Education District 111 Ma, God will strengthen you more than your expectations

  • Agoro M.O, July 5, 2020 @ 8:09 am Reply

    Wow this EDUGLOW will further help students in Lagos state…Kudos to you Ma
    Agoro M.O Principal
    Ebute Elefun junior high school

  • Agoro M.O, July 5, 2020 @ 8:05 am Reply

    Wow this EDUGLOW will even help our students both in district III and other districts….Well done Ma… Kudos to you Ma.

  • Joseph Oso, July 5, 2020 @ 6:49 am Reply

    This is indeed great.This is one of the results when you have a leader that leads from the front. We are all proud of you ma.

  • Adekoya Moshood, July 5, 2020 @ 6:43 am Reply

    Right step in right direction to reach the unreachable and less privilege ones. Kudos to our amiable Tutor General/ permanent secretary Dr(Mrs) Olufolayinka Ayandele Abiose Education
    District III for this laudable initiatives

  • Buari Razaq Olajide, July 5, 2020 @ 5:33 am Reply

    EDUGLOW is a great initiative.
    Ma, your commitment and dedication towards students as well as teachers bettermemt in Education are worth to be emulated.
    Education District 3 is glowing.
    Remain blessed ma.

  • Suleman R A. Elegbata Junior High School. L/Island., July 4, 2020 @ 11:20 pm Reply

    Indeed, the less previledge must have their own to say. Eduglow has really shown a great inpact despite all the challenges brought out by covid-19.
    Education is still gaining it upper hand.
    We thank God for our infatigable TG/PS of our education district III. Mrs Olayimika Ayandele. May GOD continue to be with you. Amen.

  • Mr Kehinde Orimisan Olanipekun, July 4, 2020 @ 10:58 pm Reply

    Kudos to our visionary and pacesetter in Education industry, Dr ( Mrs) Yinka Ayandele the TP/PS Education District 3 for her laudable initiatives towards teaching and learning during this COVID-19 Period. The various on-line programmes has filled the vacuum of closure of schools due to COVID-19. The good Lord will continue to give you divine direction.

  • Oladapo, M. O., July 4, 2020 @ 10:21 pm Reply

    This is a great achievement by a great achiever. I’m happy to be part of your team

  • Nduaguba G.C., July 4, 2020 @ 10:03 pm Reply

    This is an outstanding contribution to Education by our dynamic T.G./P.S. Dr r Mrs Yinka Ayandele. Thank you Ma for your immense and passionate zeal to help students achieve self actualization.

  • Lara Adedigba, July 4, 2020 @ 9:55 pm Reply

    Indeed our TG/PS in District 111 is unmatchable in her giant strides in advancing innovative education under the New Normal occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic. Her remarkable pacesetting ideas are highly commendable. Well done ma.

  • Raheem SM, July 4, 2020 @ 9:37 pm Reply

    Kudos to our dynamic and visionary leader.Dr Mrs Ayandele Abiose for her passion for Education in District III. Greater heights in Jesus name.

  • Adeboye Olatunji B, July 4, 2020 @ 9:25 pm Reply

    Bravo to our indefatigable TG/PS Education District 3, Dr Yinka Ayandele for introducing the online lesson, TV, Eduglow & Counseling to help our Students learn from the comfort of their home. In addition take care of others Students who can’t afford some of these innovation
    May the Almighty God continue to lift you up higher than your imagination in Jesus mighty name. Amen

  • Ogunnowo Olusola (mrs), July 4, 2020 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    This is a giant stride by our amiable and well focused Tutor General of Education District 111. Ma,you set the pace and others follow.
    Thank you very much ma for the bold step taken in assisting these students.

  • Osifeso Turner Adedoyin, July 4, 2020 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    You are golden ma
    You have done great and the parents , teachers, students are happy for your idea . . Mummy keep glowing and growing …. Your effort ma worth emulation.
    Keep the flag moving
    Your are indeed a role model
    Education district 111 history can not be written without you
    Up for you my Amiable TGPS Mrs ayandele oluyimika

  • Bamidele Ayotunde, July 4, 2020 @ 8:37 pm Reply

    The new dawn in Education District lll, my TGPS,. Taking the giant step of repositioning the district for Academic Excellence

  • Osifeso Turner Adedoyin, July 4, 2020 @ 8:34 pm Reply

    You are golden ma
    You have done great and the parents , teachers, students are happy for your idea . . Mummy keep glowing and growing …. Your effort ma worth emulation.
    Keep the flag moving
    Your are indeed a role model

  • Ogedengbe S.M, July 4, 2020 @ 8:31 pm Reply

    Kudos to our proactive leader even the less privilege and the unreach are not left out in the vision . May the good Lord bless you ma.

  • Adebayo Moses, July 4, 2020 @ 8:29 pm Reply

    Thank you ma for your vision, initiative and extra ordinary ability in transforming our glowing district 3.God bless you ma.

  • Osideru B B Mrs, July 4, 2020 @ 8:24 pm Reply

    Our TG/PS in District 111.D r Mrs Ayandele Folayimika Abiose is a mother of million, indeed you a visionary and a proactive leader. Greater height ma.O

  • Musili Abiola, July 4, 2020 @ 8:18 pm Reply

    It is crystal clear that education district 3,is a value added and results oriented district.

  • Adelagun Adebayo., July 4, 2020 @ 8:15 pm Reply

    A right step in a right direction. Kudos to the TG/PS Education District 111 for the remarkable achievements

  • Bello Zulikha Sinmisola, July 4, 2020 @ 8:09 pm Reply

    This is great initiative from great educator may the good Lord crown your effort with success always Ma.

  • Bamidele A I, July 4, 2020 @ 8:06 pm Reply

    The history of education in Lagos State cannot be written without your giant strides
    We are proud of you ma
    More blessings

  • Alatishe Abiola, July 4, 2020 @ 8:06 pm Reply

    This is a laudable project. Well done ma’am.

  • Bello Zulikha Sinmisola, July 4, 2020 @ 8:05 pm Reply

    The District with remarkable achievements, may the good Lord continue to direct our TG/PS and the entire team.

  • Olunike Babatunde, July 4, 2020 @ 8:02 pm Reply

    The pace has been set in education for the new normal. Kudos to our indefatigable TG/PS who has the interest of the students at heart. I am glad to be part of this great vision as we continue to join hands together with all stakeholders to ensure that Lagos State and her students advance in all ramifications.

  • Bello Zulikha Sinmisola, July 4, 2020 @ 7:59 pm Reply

    Your efforts in Education is worthy of emulation. Kudos to you Ma.

  • Tosin Popoola, July 4, 2020 @ 7:58 pm Reply

    I’m delighted to work alongside our amiable TGPS, the mother of all. She always seeks a way out where there seems to be impossibility. Thank you ma’am. We have learnt and are still learning a lot from you ma’am. EDUGLOW…welcome home.

  • Bello Zulikha Sinmisola, July 4, 2020 @ 7:57 pm Reply

    This is remarkable initiative in education system may the good Lord continue to guide your action. The great achiever kudos to you Ma and the entire team members.

  • Akinleye Tawa, July 4, 2020 @ 7:51 pm Reply

    Always a topnotch, our ever glowing TGPS EDIII, Dr Yinka Ayandele.
    You are a worthy leader and a great mentor. Eduglow is a much needed learning material to bridge the gap! Thank you ma.
    More accomplishments ma.

    • Clement Akindele OWABUMUWA, July 5, 2020 @ 10:38 am Reply

      Kudos to our TG/PS Dr.(Mrs) Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele who is unique in her approach of focusing on inclusiveness in line with the goal of education for ALL

  • Aboyade Arinola Aderonke., July 4, 2020 @ 7:51 pm Reply

    EDU GLOW has have meaningful impact on the learners despite the global pandemic. The program is highly relevant and should be embraced across the Nation. Kudos to Dr Mrs Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele.

  • Adebayo, T. I. SSU Headquarters, Educ. District 111, Lagos State., July 4, 2020 @ 7:48 pm Reply

    New normal in the Nigerian society due to the covid-19 pandemic has made it possible for the government to infuse technology on a large scale to inculcate teaching-learning process across all levels of education in the federation & Lagos State is no exception.
    However, the great efforts of Mr Governor is commendable & our Commissioner of Education is also well acknowledged. Moreover, the Education District 111 is a leading example in the phenomenon & Dr Yinka Ayandele, the TG/PS & her dedicated team led by Mrs Edu M.K. are combined exemplary leaders that initiate all efforts to ensure sustenance of learning for the students in our glowing District 111. They deserved salutation for their doggedness in moving education forward inspite of the pandemic in place.
    Adebayo, T. I.
    SSU Headquarters
    Education District 111.

    • Sobanke Rafiu Olalekan, July 5, 2020 @ 10:36 am Reply

      The Tutor General /Permanent Secretary Education District 111 Dr Mrs Ayandele Abiose is one of unique lenders with growth mindset that believes in positive achievements no matter circumstances.
      All her efforts are ginger toward education improvement in Lagos State as model for all to emulate.
      She is indeed a goal setter and getter without inching.
      Lovely program with other achievements earlier made by her. Well done, Dr Mrs Ayandele Abiose Olamiyinka, our Tutor General /Permanent Secretary Education District 111.

  • Olabimtan J.O, July 4, 2020 @ 7:47 pm Reply

    This kind of initiative is taken by extraordinary people. You are one of them ma. Proud to be a part. God is with you ma.

  • Shaniyi A.A, July 4, 2020 @ 7:39 pm Reply

    Another great achievement. Kudos ma. May God Continue to strengthen you. This will go a long way to assist the less privileged students who do not have access to E-learning.

  • Aboyade Arinola Aderonke, July 4, 2020 @ 7:38 pm Reply

    EDU GLOW has have meaningful impact on the learners despite the global pandemic. The program is highly relevant and should be embraced across the Nation.

  • Asunmo,A.A Mrs, July 4, 2020 @ 7:14 pm Reply

    Our glowing TG/PS keep the good work going,l share in your vision ma.

  • Moji Yusuff, July 4, 2020 @ 7:07 pm Reply

    Dr(Mrs) Olufolayimika Ayandele is indeed a blessing to the state; always coming up with very useful and innovative ideas.
    Well done ma’am.
    God bless you ma

  • Adeyemo Adelani Isaiah, July 4, 2020 @ 7:07 pm Reply

    A remarkable woman with a remarkable achievement

  • Adelani ADEGOKE (Prince), July 4, 2020 @ 6:50 pm Reply

    May God continue to water her good intentions for our students, no evil will befall her, the teachers as well as the students under her and the the state in general. In Jesus Name.

  • Adeuji C.O, July 4, 2020 @ 6:38 pm Reply

    Right step in right direction to reach the unreachable and less prevelleged.
    Kudos ma

  • Otokiti Regina K, July 4, 2020 @ 6:25 pm Reply

    You are a great achiever, thank you for EDOGLOW ma.

    • Jonathan M Ebudola, July 4, 2020 @ 8:18 pm Reply

      ED111 led by the proactive, initiative and innovative leader, Dr (Mrs) Olufolayimika Abiose Ayandele launched the EDUGLOW worksheet as part of her initiatives to cater for the students who lacked the needed resources to benefit from e-learning.
      This initiative of hers has proved beyond doubt that learning can also take place outside the walls of the classroom.
      The ultimate aim of EDUGLOW is to inspired students to move to the next level of achievements in life.
      The toll-free line provides counseling to students for psychological stability and well-being.
      Soar on ma, May God increase you in wisdom.

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