#Countdown: 3 days Before the Hour…

We say a BIG THANK YOU to the highly esteemed institutions of learning, namely, Greensprings School, Oxbridge Tutorial College, Dansol College, Supreme Education Foundation, Redeemers International School and Lead-Forte Gate College, who have registered their distinguished Boarding Schools’ Personnel (and Mrs Adebola Adefioye, who registered herself) and others highly esteemed schools, who have given their sure words to register for this program: ‘So You Want To Run A Safe Boarding School?’…Keys to Developing Effective Policy on the Protocols for Child Protection/Safe Practices.

Its is 3 days to the hour and we have very few more seats left and they are going very fast…You can still reach us through the details on the E-Handbill or reach me personally…We earnestly look forward to receiving your participations…

As our custom of excellence and ‘and-then-some’ is, it promises to be a viable platform for disseminating cutting-edge Knowledge, tested Skill and professional Attitude, which promote Safety and Protection in our Boarding Schools, according to global standards….Don’t miss it…Register Now…

It is also important to note that the program is also open to other organizations, which provide residential instructional care for children, like orphanages and other homes.

I am Taiwo AKINLAMI, sober on my knees on the LORD’S Day and preparing diligently for this program and earnestly looking forward to receiving you on Wednesday & Thursday, March 30 & 31, 2016
Thank you and do have an INSPIRED week and Easter Celebration.

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Request for Intercession on my BIRTHDAY

It is my BIRTHDAY today…I will spend the  day in pursuit of my lifetime commitment to Childhood PROTECTION & PRESERVATION Culture™ as I train for the BRITISH COUNCIL over 70 schools and Civil Society Organizations on Child Protection Systems within the School System…I am greatly excited as I set out soon…

It is my earnest desire that I will receive a gift of sincere intercession from you TODAY:

1. That I will FIND (in DEEPER DIMENSION) & FULFIL FULLY, the very REASON why my FATHER in HEAVEN SENT me here and the PURPOSE for which my LORD Jesus Christ APPREHENDED me…

2. That every OVERT and COVERT DISTRACTIONS will be far away from me…

3. That I will WALK in HIS WISDOM to be BETTER daily in the WORKS He COMMITTED into my hands, for when I believe that when I am BETTER, I will surely BIGGER in INFLUENCE…

4. That I WALK in HIS WISDOM to be EFFECTIVE in the DISCHARGE of my DIVINE ASSIGNMENT for I believe that when I am EFFECTIVE, GREATNESS becomes an EFFECT…

Thank you most profoundly, sirs & mas for your gifts of earnest prayers, as I earnestly covet and humbly request it here..

Do have an INSPIRED day.

Still on Safety in Our Schools

A journalist called me the other day and referred to me as an ACTIVIST and I rejected the nomenclature or appellation. I did that not for the sake of it or fussing over an attempt to be different. I rejected the nomenclature simply because it is not true of what I represent…I am not an ACTIVIST nor an AGITATOR…I am simply a CONSCIOUS PROFESSIONAL…I am a Public Interest Legal Practitioner, whose mandate is Legal Enlightenment and Social Development(LEAD) and whose mission is Social Empowerment and Advancement. My flagship project is Childhood PROTECTION & PRESERVATION Culture, which I have spent almost all of my conscious adult life to focus on without distraction.

I am trained both formally and informally, locally and internationally to carry out my professional responsibilities by the best international organisations and institutions in my field and I have had the rare privilege of working with some. Besides, I have invested heavily in my personal and professional development.

As a trained professional, I create cutting-edge and tested products and services to EMPOWER the members of the public, both client and non-client. I am delighted to share regularly the positive impact of our service and products on the excited recipients under my #TheTasteofThePUDDING campaign on my Social Media Platforms.

I am not interested in creating or feeding people’s anger, excluding them from the solutions to their personal or public issues and presenting myself as their social messiah, upon who they pour libations praise. That formula only increases my VISIBILITY and FORTUNES and deepen their WOES and FRUSTRATION. Rather, I calm people’s anger and proffer well-informed and professional solutions, thereby empowering them to take their salvation into their hands and experience tangible and enduring ADVANCEMENT. I understand that genuine personal and social transformation, though may be led by a person but it is a ultimately a game of number, which must include every member of the society, who hope to reap the dividends of such efforts. This is the clear lesson of history from generation to generation and clime to clime. Thus, you may not find me often and quick in the theatre of social media frenzy, like the one making rounds about the Queens College case, which I am personally investigating, as my custom is and will share my findings as soon as possible.

I seek to be known for the CAUSE I REPRESENT and not the CAUSE I am AGAINST. My core IDEOLOGY is ENLIGHTENMENT is SUPERIOR to ENFORCEMENT™. Therefore my solutions are tailored after creating a culture, which extols PREVENTION over CURE or at most EARLY RESPONSE. The simple reason is that once a child is abused, the entirely of CHILDHOOD is truncated FOREVER except there is DIVINE intervention. My personal history is an eloquent testifier to the foregoing principle.

For example, in matters relating to our precious children, studies, particularly by UNICEF has shown that all forms of abuse are PREVENTABLE. I also believe that when a child is abused, the number one culprit is the caregiver, saddled with the onerous responsibility of protecting the child, who created the loopholes, which the other abuser capitalized on. There is never a crime except there is security breach. Therefore in the case of abuse of a child, there are PRIMARY, SECONDARY and TERTIARY abusers and all must be found and addressed.

The caregivers, who are interested in protecting our precious children must be interested in creating a CULTURE of PROTECTION and PRESERVATION in their homes and institutions. CULTURE, which speaks of dominant VALUES and BELIEF SYSTEM of a person, people or organization is superior to systems. It is CULTURE that CREATES and SUSTAINS systems.

It is in this light again, I must on top of my voice and with most profound respect return to the issue of safety and security in our schools…As our custom is, we are here with another cutting-edge, homegrown and tested solution, which is strictly tailored after PREVENTION, SAFETY and SECURITY of our precious children in our BOARDING Schools. It is carefully tagged, ‘So You Want to Run a Safe Boarding School?’
…Keys to Developing Effective Policy on the Protocols of Child Protection/Safe Practices
It holds on March, Wednesday & Thursday 30 & 31, 2016 in Lagos; 9.00AM Daily.

Kindly register you boarding schools, help spread this to anyone running a boarding school, rehabilitation homes or orphanages or sponsor an INSTITUTION. Thank you and do have an INSPIRED week.

For further details, please contact me personally.

I am Taiwo AKINLAMI and I remain Sober on my knees on this LORD’S day.
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NEW

I HEAR NEW,
I SAY NEW,
I SEE NEW.

I Clear out all the OLD,
I give all ROOM for the NEW,
New WINE,
New WINE-SKIN.

This is the NEW,
I am the NEW,
Away with EXPERIMENTS,
At home with REALITY OF TRUTH made in my CONSCIENCE under the mighty hand of GOD.

I am the the NEW,
I know WISDOM,
I know FOOLISHNESS;
I know FRIENDS,
I know FOES;
I know COMMITMENTS,
I know LIP SERVICE;
I know DECISIONS
I know FENCE-SITTING;
I know BELIEVERS,
I know USERS;
I know DISCIPLES,
I know FANS;
I know FOLLOWERS,
I know SPIES;
I know ENCOURAGERS,
I know SYCOPHANTS;
I know COVENANT,
I know CHARADE;
I know SACRIFICE,
I know SCRIPTS;
I know SUBMISSION,
I know SUBDUE;
I know HUMILITY,
I know GAMES;
I know FAVOURS,
I know DECOYS;
I know HONOUR,
I know DISHONOUR;
I know CHARACTER,
I know PRETENCE;
I know BELIEF,
I know UNBELIEF;
I know WEAKNESS,
I know STRENGTH;
I know BOLDNESS,
I know COWARDICE;
I know DEPTH,
I know EFFERVESCENCE;
I know CAUSE,
I know ARRANGEMENT;
I know ORIGINAL,
I know ADULTERATION;
I know ADDERS,
I know SUBTRACTOR;
I know ADDERS,
I know MULTIPLIERS;
I know VOICE,
I know ECHO;
I know SOURCE,
I know RESOURCE;
I know YESTERDAY,
I know TODAY.

TODAY is the NEW,
I am the NEW,
And  NOW, the NEW treats all who he KNOWS for who they ARE,
And not who they wanted the OLD to believe they were, DELIBERATELY or in ERROR.

I am the NEW,
Beware of me,
I am unrepentantly RUTHLESS with the OLD,
Ready to SACRIFICE any, who OX is gored.

I am the NEW,
You don’t KNOW him,
Don’t fall that cheap ASSUMPTION,
You only KNOW the OLD,
But he’s is DEAD, never to RISE AGAIN, NOT AGAIN!!!
Even his ashes are BLOWN into the WHIRL air of FORGETFULNESS
This is DIRGE for OLD with no mixed feeling, except an overwhelming JOY of LIBERTY;
Yet, this is a FRESH and torrential  LIBATION of OPTIMISM on the SOUL of the NEW,
For WISDOM,
For BOLDNESS,
For FULFILLMENT,
For FLOURISHING.

I am the NEW,
I am the KING, who doesn’t know JOSEPH,
I am Taiwo AKINLAMI
I am sober on my knees on this LORD’S day.
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THE ABDUCTED & RESCUED SCHOOL CHILDREN AND SAFETY IN THE BOARDING SCHOOLS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

The newspapers in the past week reported that over 10 armed kidnappers, on Monday, February 29, 2016, at about 8.00PM, invaded Monday night stormed Babington Macualay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos, and kidnapped three female Senior Secondary School students. It was also reported that that was the second attempt on the school, gunmen having attacked the school on January 22, 2016 but were intercepted by the internal security of the school.

The Nigeria Tribune of March 5, 2016 also revealed, ‘only weeks ago, it was reported that gunmen had attempted to attack another boarding school in Ikorodu, Government Model College, Owutu Ikorodu, not far from Agric Bus Stop.’

At the risk of drawing controversy, permit me to submit that I am not surprised at the ugly incident and other one foiled. If I am surprised at all, I am only surprised at the reaction of primary and secondary caregivers. I am surprised at our noise, which possesses all the ingredients of nothing but effervescence and impotent heat of passion. Today’s popular noise, in reaction to the unfortunate but preventable kidnap is laden with nothing but emotional outburst, as it is not calling for the careful public review or probe of the circumstances leading to the kidnapping of the precious children, with a view to using same as a veritable template for preventing same in the future both for same school and others within the state.

The best demand of the noise today is an effort to find the precious children, who were kidnapped. As far as I am concerned, the least of our concern should be finding the children physically. While efforts must be made in this area and I am glad that the precious children have been rescued, we must be concerned more about that part of the kidnapped children that may be lost forever to that sad experience. We must be concerned about the very high risk of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and great emotional imbalance. We must therefore be concerned about credible efforts at psychosocial support for the kidnapped precious children and their other school mates, who witnessed the ugly incident, which no child should be allowed to witness, even in his/her dream or nightmare.

In 2013, we released our Audio Program, titled, ‘So, You Want to Send Your Child to a Boarding School? Ask these 11 Fundamental Child Protection-focused Questions,’ where quoted the words of Benjamin Franklin: ‘distrust and caution are the parents of security.’

In this Audio Program, we share as the 7th question: ‘still as part of Child Protection measures, what are the safety measures put in place by the school?’ We submitted in the Audio Program as follows, ‘safety is a major issue within and outside the school system. What measures have the school put in place to ensure the safety of the children?’

Our Audio Program, in addressing the solutions to recent cases of insecurity within the boarding school system in Nigeria, we proposed as one of the new areas, the boarding schools must begin to look at as follows, ‘in countries like America with the rapidity of gun violence within the schools in the country, there lockdown drill, aimed at preparing the students and teachers on how to respond to gun violence within the school system. It may not be a bad idea for our schools to begin to think in this direction considering the recent and exacerbated Boko Haram attacks on boarding schools in the Northern parts of Nigeria.’

Both at the private and public sector, what PROFESSIONAL and current efforts have been made to update the security measures within our school system, both day and boarding, considering the volatility and fluidity of the state of security in our nation and schools  today, is the major question, we must ask? What is the recent state policy on security and safety within our school system in Lagos State and Nigeria?

The truth of the matter is that as African, we lack the foresight to be proactive in addressing many issues, particularly as they concern our children, their development, safety and security, both as primary caregivers, who provide preliminary and leading care and secondary caregivers, who provide institutional and other kinds of care, particularly as institutions of learning. It is our culture to neglect the signs of the time, to HOPE for the best, where COMMON SENSE demands that we carefully ASSESS a situation and ACT FAST; to PRAY for DIVINE INTERVENTION where SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS demands that we WATCH and engage the limiteless INGENUITY of our God-given minds; to prefer the uncertainty of CURE to the predictability of PREVENTION.

As longs as we continue this way, I want to assure you that our children are not safe at home and in institutions of learning. The question is not always if school are safe. The question, which I formulated many years ago is always, what measures have we PROFESSIONALLY put in place as primary and secondary caregivers to protect our precious children. This simple but loaded question opens us up to the world of informed preventive measures to the protection of our precious children. It is important to note that our precious children are kidnapped in schools as they are kidnapped in our homes.

Where do we go from here?
Leading a Private-Sector Preventive Response:
In responding to the situation our, organisation, Taiwo AKINLAMI Academy, as a follow-up to our Audio Program, released in 2013 and earlier mentioned above, created in 2015, a well-researched program, christened, ‘So You Want to Run A Safe Boarding School? Keys to Developing Effective Policy on the Protocols of Child Protection/Safe Practices.’  It is part of our efforts to lead a private sector response to addressing security and safety issues within the boarding school system from based on policy, protocols and professionalism. The maiden edition of the two-day program will hold in Lagos State on March 30 and 31, 2016 and it is open to both primary and secondary caregivers.

Private-Public Sector Collaborative Response:
It is my view that the kidnap of the precious children on the second attempt, the foiled attempt on other schools in the area and general insecurity within the school system has thrown up security and safety issues that we cannot continue to deny, even when we celebrate the rescue of the precious children. All stakeholders in the life of our precious children in Lagos State, (namely, parents, school, religious, and community leaders, government (line ministries, under the leadership of the Ministry of Education) and local and international organisations within and outside the school system, security agencies and most importantly children) must come together in an urgent 2-day Lagos State Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Safety and Security of Children in Lagos Private and Public Schools.

The goal of the Stakeholders Dialogue will be to review the state of security and safety of our precious children within the private and the public school system from the perspectives of all stakeholders and proposed genuine and practical ways forward. The Stakeholders’ Dialogue will also set up a committee of professionals and child safety/protection and security practitioners with a clear mandate to develop a universal Child Safety/Protection and Security Policy, which recommend minimum PREVENTIVE security and safety requirements every institution of learning in Lagos State must adhered to within a specified but reasonable frame of time or face stiff sanction. The policy will also state the support roles of regulatory bodies in helping both the private and the public sector schools to apply themselves to the minimum PREVENTIVE security and safety measures. It is my unrepentant ideology that the key to building an enduring Childhood PROTECTION and PRESERVATION Culture™ is summed up thus: ‘Enlightenment is Superior to Enforcement™.’

Our Role:
I think our role as stakeholders is to join the campaign for an immediate Lagos State Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Safety and Security of Children in Lagos Private and Public Schools.  We hope in the course of the week to provide further direction on our roles as people, who are interested in the safety and security of our children in Lagos State in particularly and Nigeria as a whole. We however charge you to begin to look at how you can lead the campaign in your areas of influence.

Permit me to wrap up this call with the words of Dr. Elaine King of UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Office, which are not only instructive but sums up today’s call to reason: ‘Since children spend a significant amount of their childhood at school, it is for thisreason, even if no other, that schools should be WARM, CARING, NURTURING places where students feel SUPPORTED and PROTECTED. INDEED, RESEARCH HAS SHOWN US THAT WHEN CHILDREN FEEL CONNECTED TO SCHOOL THEY HAVE BETTER BEHAVIOURAL AND LEARNING OUTCOMES.’
Do have an INSPIRED week.
I am Taiwo AKINLAMI and I am Sober on my KNEES on this LORD’S Day
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