WHY YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL SHOULD ENGAGE IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

The problem of unemployment in Nigeria is becoming a critical issue which is increasing the rate of poverty in our economy today. This has become a major issue to the welfare of people as well as to that of their families. Numerous exceptionally qualified people who couldn’t secure beneficial employments have remained financially dependent on their parents mainly because they lack the necessary occupational skills to be self-employed and to effectively function in today’s world of work. This problem can be solved through the adoption of vocational education in both primary and secondary schools can help solve the problem of unemployment.

Firstly, vocational education is education that prepares people to work in various jobs, such as a trade, a craft, or as a technician. Furthermore, it is sometimes referred to as career education or technical education. It sets one up for the world of work with which the individual ends up being independent and can make commitments to the development of the society.

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Here are five reasons why vocational education is important

  1. It promotes Entrepreneurship

The adoption of vocational education in schools will increase entrepreneurship among youths. It makes the students learn how to be independent and self-sufficient which will consequently generate more jobs out there. The promotion of entrepreneurship is a good solution to our economic condition today considering that recession has left many without jobs.

  1. It aids easy employment

Vocational education makes it easier for students to find employment. It serves as an added advantage to the student while job-seeking. In recent times, it has been noticed that employers prefer to hire graduates who have done a vocational course to graduates with only a certificate.

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3 It prepares the student for a job.

Vocational education prepares the student for a job because most organizations do not rely on a just educational certificate, they majorly look out for skilled individuals. It furthermore prepares students for a specific job. It equips a person with the skills and qualities required to do a particular job, such as fashion designing, interior decoration, computer networking, auto repairing, etc.

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  1. It gives the student a chance of career choice.

The most important decision that a student has to take is choosing the right career for themselves which better prepare them for life. Choosing a career is better done at an early age because it creates time for mastery. Vocational education opens more options on what career to choose and build on for the students.

  1. It leads to learning soft skills 

It develops soft skills that create opportunities such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, negotiation skills, managerial skills, networking skills which increases the chance of becoming an entrepreneur or getting a job.

Finally, it can be said that vocational education should be implemented in  Nigerian schools curriculum because it increases the number of entrepreneurs in the country which will reduce the rate of unemployment. Not just being an entrepreneur, it prepares the students with necessary soft skills which makes it easy for the students to secure employment opportunities.

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8 IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR SCHOOLS

 

Hazards are activities, arrangements, or events that can cause harm. It also includes the situation where a person’s behavior might cause harm to someone else. To prevent any form of hazard, schools ought to be a safe environment for the students and teachers. Below are safety tips to help your school prevent and manage hazard.

  1. Prevent electric shocks by proper care of electrical appliances
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The schools’ electrical devices should be monitored to avoid electrocution by any open electrical cords and leakage from the cords in order to safeguard any form of electrocution of students or teachers in the school premises. Do not overload electrical circuits, be careful of how many devices you are plugging into one outlet in order to avoid any electrical accidents.

2. Use warning signals when the floor is wet

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Since tiles have become ubiquitous in this part of the world, wet floor warning alerts should be set-up when mopping to prevent students or teachers from slipping. A wet floor sign is used to warn people about the wet floor and to prevent them from slipping and falling. 

3. Fumigate the school premises periodically

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Fumigation is a method of pest control that completely fills an area with gaseous pesticides or fumigants ( that is why it should be done during school vacation) to suffocate or poison the pests within the school premises. Some pests or insects are poisonous to the skin and some students react to a certain insect bite. And to prevent any form of skin health damage to the students, fumigation is needed.

4. Appoint trained health and safety officials

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A health and safety representative is an employee who has been elected to represent the views of the students. This representative can be an individual person or a committee. The role of the health and safety representatives is to represent the views of employees and students in order to mediate with the board on health and safety matters which means they stand as an intermediary for the students, teachers to the school administration. The school is required to consider recommendations of any health and safety representative or committee and either adopt the recommendation or give tangible reasons why they will not adopt it.

5. Require students to provide a medical report

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It is necessary for schools to request for medical reports of the students from their parents so that the teachers can be aware of the health condition of their students and also know how to handle every child. Furthermore, In case of emergency, the medical report (which contains medical history) of the child can be assessable and this can prevent the death of students in a school.

6. Reduce screen time

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The present schools provide gadgets (laptops, tablets, I pads) to their children and too much screen time can result in digital eye-strain, which can include burning, itchy, or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, blurred or double vision, loss of focus, and head and neck pain are other threats for children using screens too often and too long. Therefore, schools should monitor the time students spend on the screen. Screen time should be reduced by introducing other fun activities that don’t require a screen to students.

7. Repair  unsafe areas

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Unsafe areas are places that are able or likely to cause harm. Schools should repair all unsafe areas within the facilities in the school. Check hazardous areas and make repairs an immediate priority. For example, if there are potholes on the playground or a classroom door that slams closed, ask the school teacher or cleaner to place those repairs at the top of her list. Furthermore, monthly inspections of playground equipment and facilities should be conducted by school health and safety representatives and repairs of any broken equipment or unsafe areas should be done immediately after the monthly inspection and any areas that have a habitual problem should be re-address. For example, if a piece of playground equipment continues to break, remove the entire piece of playground equipment.

8. Create a sickbay in your school

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To avoid absenteeism due to minor health challenges, schools should ensure availability of sickbays within the premises. The sickbay should be well equipped and key health resources such as the first aid box should be readily available to provide support for injured pupils or students showing symptoms of an illness which has developed while at school. It is also advised that the registration of schools in a nearby hospital should be considered by the school administrator in case of emergency or situation that sickbays cannot handle.

 

In a nutshell…

Classroom safety is an essential part of a school’s hazard management.  Therefore, school administrators should ensure that their teachers are aware of classroom hazards and they are been equipped with the resources to create a safe learning environment for students and other staffs.

 

 

Why You Should Care About The Dining Hall of Your Child’s School

 

One of the most overlooked parts of a school is its dining hall. But when you look closer you will discover that a school’s dining hall can play a vital role in a student’s life. Most of the moments spent in the school are usually programmed to follow a particular pattern, however, lunchtime presents an opportunity for the learners to express themselves and interact with one another without the influence of a full-grown adult.

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A student’s dining hall experience can affect his or her overall academic performance. Beyond ensuring the right nutritional quantity of food is served in their dining hall, schools also need to ensure that the right portion of food is served to students at all times as not getting the portion of food can affect a students concentration during class which in turn will affect learning.

GRENVILLE SCHOOLS

Beyond academic performance, the dining hall presents an opportunity to develop and test soft skills such as contentment, comportment,  self-reliance, kindness, and patience. Children who learn to wait patiently on the queues during meal-time tend to tolerate others more and also demonstrate self-control when faced with pressures and limited options.

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Schools where the students are directly involved in the process of preparing and serving foods instill a sense of leadership and accountability on the learners. The dining hall is also a place to learn teamwork and  collaboration as students will be required to work in pairs to achieve a common goal,

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Empathy has been reported missing among millennials. The dining hall provides an avenue to teach learners how to evaluate and appreciate the efforts of others. Schools that require students to give feedback on the meals served to them prepare learners to be better activists and less individualistic in their worldview.

IMAAD SCHOOLS

When next you are visiting a school, check out their dining hall, kitchen or cafeteria. Pay attention to the pricing and quality of their foods or drinks as well as the storage, hygiene, and safety because failure to do so would result in serious health problems for staffs and students who consume the foods and drinks.

 

 

 

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