Educators and Leadership Conference 2017 Review

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The Educators & Leadership Conference 2017 was organised by Insight Africa UK in partnership with the University of Leicester with the aim of providing quality training, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities for Educators. Throughout 2016 we worked tirelessly to ensure we provide an informative and enjoyable experience.


What an amazing sight it was to see delegates from Nigeria arriving by bus and train into the beautiful warm Leicester City. They were quickly whisked out to the lovely en-suite student accommodation in the University, where they were given the opportunity to settle down and put their feet up, resting from all the strains of travel.




After a hot English breakfast, the delegates settled down for business in the picturesque lecture venue which afforded views of the greenery and blooming summer flowers. Professor Rose Griffiths, Head of the School of Education at the University of Leicester, welcomed the delegates and gave them a quick paced exciting briefing on the city of Leicester and the history of the University.





This was quickly followed by a SEND and Inclusion inset with Sarah Adams which was very practical. Dr Saeeda Shah took over after lunch and led a very interesting and expository discussion on Educational Leadership and Change.


Later in the evening we had a welcome dinner where members of the Faculty took the time to meet and chat with all the delegates. The evening was punctuated with the sound of crockery and belly rumbling laughter as students and staff exchanged stories. This introduced the pace of how the following days will be.


Delegates also got the opportunity to discuss their own contextual difficulties and were able to rub minds with the tutors in proffering solutions which were practicable and infused with current pedagogy as well as the current research ongoing between the University and teacher training schools that they partner with in Leicester and its surrounding areas.




Delegates also got the opportunity to discuss their own contextual difficulties and were able to rub minds with the tutors in proffering solutions which were practicable and infused with current pedagogy as well as the current research ongoing between the University and teacher training schools that they partner with in Leicester and its surrounding areas.





All the learning did not stop the delegates from taking trips into the City Centre to explore the city, do some much needed shopping, visit the local Nigerian restaurants there, leaving with bowls of ‘’egusi’’ soup and satisfied grins.


The University also provided periods for some cultural exchange where delegates were taken on a tour of the University including the library. They also received access to the library which was included in their welcome packs. The highlight of the Conference was a visit to the world renown National Space Centre which took off with a lecture, practical sessions and an interesting tour of the National Space Centre.





In addition to the National Space Centre we are looking at providing more education based excursions for 2018. Also due to popular demand we are exploring the option of including classroom based teacher training, an opportunity for proper classroom placements for participants (during term time) where they get the opportunity to shadow a colleague in a British school and when possible, teach about the culture and classroom experience from back home. You cannot afford to miss this unique opportunity. Please contact us to discuss this if you are interested.




The main part of the conference was the intensive lectures, insets and trainings which were facilitated by some of the greatest minds in education. The conference ended on Friday with the presentation of lovely ball pens and certificates by Dr Phil Wood.




A quick ballot was done and a happy delegate went home with a massive box of Danish cookies. The delegates gave some much needed feedback both to Insight Africa UK and the University of Leicester before packing up and preparing for travel the next day, with promises to return in 2018.


It all ended on a high note with new bonds being formed, new lessons learnt and new experiences. A delegate summarised it by saying ‘’In all, the 2017 edition of the University of Leicester Summer Program in collaboration with Insight Africa UK was a ‘’smashing’’ success and we are definitely looking forward to the coming year’s edition’’. For more feedback please go to our feedback page and for more pictures please visit our Gallery

Ralueke
Ralueke
Ral is Executive Director of Insight Africa UK a company registered in England and Wales to provide Educational Services. She holds a Masters degree from University of Leeds UK and University of Nigeria Nsukka. She also works part time with a City Council in the UK Our Aim: Every Child in Learning, Every School Outstanding Every Teacher Achieving

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