Meadow Hall Consult, a subsidiary of Meadow Hall Group responsible for providing advisory and consultancy services to educational institutions and dedicated to raising the standard and quality of education in Nigeria through training of educational service providers in the best practice, partnered with the Lagos State Government on the second edition of ReadySetWork to train 200 final year students of tertiary institutions on employability skills.
ReadySetWork (RSW) is an employability and entrepreneurship programme aimed at preparing final year students of tertiary institutions in Lagos State for immediate entry into the workforce as employees and employers of labour by equipping them with soft skills, business tools, and a mindset reorientation to the world of work.
The 2017 edition accommodated 2,000 final year students from 6 tertiary institutions in Lagos State. The programme ran from July 1st to September 23rd 2017 and the graduation ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 17th 2017 at Landmark Event Center, Lagos. The students were taught and mentored by 118 facilitators across various industries and sectors.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule said that ReadySetWork was developed as a result of the complaints of the private sector organizations about the unemployability of Nigerian graduates. Also representing the heads of tertiary institutions in Lagos State, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, reiterated that ReadySetWork has helped participants develop skills such as critical thinking, clear communications, and complex problem solving.
Of the 2,000 graduates, 200 were adopted for the Teachers’ Track programme facilitated by Meadow Hall Consult. Lagos State Government appointed Meadow Hall Consult as a training partner based on the company’s advocacy for quality education; constantly championing raising the standards for teachers’ training, and a track record of excellence in previous projects such as the Eko Project, Inner City Mission School, Finishing School for Teachers, Graduate Teachers Trainee Programme, Educamp, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria amongst others.
The Teachers’ Track programme was an 8-week bespoke training programme focused on training participants in 21st Century teaching methods, procedures and standards. The Teachers’ Track was introduced during this edition of ReadySetWork to cater for prospective teachers. Participants were trained by exceptional facilitators from Meadow Hall Consult. Some of the participants were also offered internship opportunity at Meadow Hall where they would have the opportunity to practice all they have learned in an enabling environment under the supervision of experienced teachers.
According to Mrs. Kehinde Nwani, CEO of Meadow Hall Group, “The synergy between the Lagos State Government and institutions in the private sector to continue to raise the standard of education in Nigeria, and to improve the employability prospects of our final year students in Lagos State is commendable and Meadow Hall is honoured to be a part of this noble initiative”. She also charged the participants to remember that knowledge is not enough and that constant practice is needed for mastery; the teaching profession requires passion and love for children. Mrs. Nwani said, “To succeed, follow through on actions. Work to achieve your plan. Be determined to deliver excellently and avoid distractions.”
As part of its collective advocacy programme of quality education for all, Meadow Hall Foundation also donated several books to Oshogbo Government High School in Osun State to improve under-privileged children access to quality education. Receiving the books, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, appreciated the donation and confirmed the value to the education of the students of the school.
In a brief chat with journalists, Mr. Moses Mogbolu, head of Marketing, Meadow Hall Group, said, “Meadow Hall Group is an educational group with six subsidiaries; Meadow Hall Education, Meadow Hall Consult, Spring Meadow Edutainment, Meadow Hall Branchise, Meadow Hall Resources and Meadow Hall Foundation. Meadow Hall Group seeks to provide through her subsidiaries, opportunities to raise excellent, Godly and well-rounded children who will attain their full potential and use their skills and knowledge to affect their nation positively. At Meadow Hall, we are passionate about the holistic development of children and our objective is to use education as a tool for societal transformation.”