My Teacher Nicknamed Me Satan @ 9: My Story, My Passion for Advocacy For The-Best-Interest-of-the-Child Conscious School System

I came to value the attributes of a visionary teacher because I did not have the opportunity of being taught by too many. I think the only teacher that stood out in my life was Mr. Tugbobo, My English Language teacher in class 4 and 5 in the secondary school.

Well, I think I remember one of our teachers in Primary School, who stood out. Unfortunately I cannot remember her name. I think she was a member of the Scripture Union of Nigeria. She would invite some of us to her house and preached to us. She showed us care beyond her responsibility as a school teacher. Though the memory is so faint, that it nearly missed being mentioned, I remember some of the things she taught us. The truth of the matter is that between primary and secondary school, I spent twelve years under the eyes of different teachers, at least six in primary school and close to twenty in secondary school.

It is sad commentary that in all of them, I found only two role model. One of them did an almost irredeemable damage to my psyche, when she nicknamed me ‘esu’ (satan) in primary three after I lost a dear friend, Dada, when we went to the field to exercise our right to play.

The memory of Dada haunts me till this day. Dada was a childhood buddy. We were classmates in the Primary School and often spent our lunch break together, playing. One of our favourite games was tree climbing. But our regular, delightful game of tree climbing took a turn neither of us expected when Dada slipped on this eventful day. As one of the fragile branches of the seemingly strong tree gave way under Dada’s young foot, he fell, stomach first, on another broken branch. The branch went right into his stomach as I watched, frightened. I raised an alarm. Dada was immediately rushed to the hospital. Two or three days after, the news filtered in while we were in class, that Dada had died.

The first and only response from my class teacher was, ‘as from today, call this boy, Taiwo, Esu (Satan or the devil).’ This was in my Primary 3. Here was I traumatised that I had lost a dear friend. As I write this piece, I still remember, Dada’s physical features. I needed all the encouragement I could get as I mourned the loss of my friend. I was also overwhelmed with fear, having grew up in a superstitious society, where it was believed that the departed would often come back to take with him a close associate. Apart from the fact that I was close to Dada, I was the last person he saw as he slipped out of consciousness.

I have also heard the story of two of the teachers to two of the greatest men, I have ever known, Peter J. Daniel and Myles Monroe. When Peter J. Daniel was in the fourth grade, his teacher, Mrs. Phillips, constantly said, “Peter J. Daniel, you’re no good, you’re a bad apple and you’re never going to amount to anything” Peter was totally illiterate until he was 26. A friend stayed up with him all night and read him a copy of “think and grow rich”. Now Peter owns the street corner he used to fight on and just published his latest book: Mrs. Phillips, you were wrong!

Myles Monroe went to school under colonial rule. His teacher, Mr. Robertson called him all kinds of names including black monkey. He would say to him, you can never learn. The young Monroe was the bottom of a one-thousand-six-hundred pupils. At a point, he encountered God and took it upon to teach himself all the subjects his teacher had hitherto convinced him that he could not learn. At the time he was graduating from the school, he was the best graduating student. When he received his plaque for being the best graduating student, he presented it to Mr. Robertson with the following words: ‘this is to you from the black monkey.

Many years Myles Monroe, who is today an individual member of the United Nation was speaking in London and this old man came to him for a book autograph. He revealed himself as Mr. Robertson and told him, ‘I became a Christian reading your book. Thank God you never believed all the things I said about you.’

Please note that I am not talking about brilliance, knowledge and dissemination of same, which are the characters of an ordinary teacher, who do not succeed beyond ministering to the heads of his or her pupils and not their soul (mind, will and emotion). I must say that I came across some very brilliant teachers in my years in school, but only one was able to combine ministering to my head with reaching for my heart.

The tragedy again is that our schools today are filled with teachers, who neither have brilliance, knowledge nor a heart for the pupils. While it is alarming when a teacher cannot reach a child beyond the head, it is chaotic when a teacher is not able to reach neither the head not the heart.

My charge to teachers today is that they must do their best to give to the children under their care the best.  The truth is that these children will surely remember us as teachers…It is our responsibility today to determine what they will remember us for.

Do have an INSPIRED Week…Think the Child! Think Today! Think the Future!

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TeacherFIRE™: Setting Teachers on Fire of Performance

Hello friends, I was to be here yesterday doing FIREworks on Monday, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to be with you here. I have therefore adjusted the sail of this blog a bit. Today i will share with our teachers and those who love them, FIREworks. Tomorrow, I will share with you an interesting story on Social Works Watch™ (SW2). Do not miss it. Thank you. Enjoy this piece please and drop your comments.

‘The Mediocre Teacher Tells; The Good Teacher Explains; The Superior Teacher Demonstrates; The Great Teacher Inspires!’

The memory of Dada haunts me till this day. Dada was a childhood buddy. We were classmates in the Primary School and often spent our lunch break together, playing. One of our favourite games was tree climbing. But our regular, delightful game of tree climbing took a turn neither of us expected when Dada slipped on this eventful day. As one of the fragile branches of the seemingly strong tree gave way under Dada’s young foot, he fell, stomach first, on another broken branch. The branch went right into his stomach as I watched, frightened. I raised an alarm. Dada was immediately rushed to the hospital. Two or three days after, the news filtered in while we were in class, that Dada had died.

The first and only response from my class teacher was, ‘as from today, call this boy, Taiwo, Esu (Satan or the devil).’ This was in my Primary 3. Here was I traumatised that I had lost a dear friend. As I write this piece, I still remember, Dada’s physical features. I needed all the encouragement I could get as I mourned the loss of my friend. I was also overwhelmed with fear, having grew up in a superstitious society, where it was believed that the departed would often come back to take with him a close associate. Apart from the fact that I was close to Dada, I was the last person he saw as he slipped out of consciousness.

I came to value the attributes of a visionary teacher because I did not have the opportunity of being taught by too many. I think the only teacher that stood out in my life was Mr. Tugbobo, My English Language teacher in class 4 and 5 in the secondary school. Well, I think I remember one of our teachers in Primary School, who stood out. Unfortunately I cannot remember her name. I think she was a member of the Scripture Union of Nigeria. She would invite some of us to her house and preached to us. She showed us care beyond her responsibility as a school teacher.

Please note that I am not talking about brilliance, knowledge and dissemination of same, which are the characters of an ordinary teacher, who do not succeed beyond ministering to the heads of his or her pupils and not their soul (mind, will and emotion). I must say that I came across some very brilliant teachers in my years in school, but only two were able to combine ministering to my head with reaching for my heart.

Why This Piece?

The goals of this piece are:

–          To inspire teachers as SOCIAL WORKERS in whose hand lies the destiny of the Nation’s Tomorrow and as major custodians of the mind of the child to embrace the spirit of change;

–          To equip teachers to become highly effective change agents in their relationship with the children (in accordance with the provisions of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003) and actively play the role of exemplary models to the children under their care;

–          To encourage teachers to maintain productive relationships with the school management, teaching and non-teaching colleagues and parent/guardians.

The 7 missing links in the teaching profession in Nigeria today

I am not oblivious of the fact that we live in a challenged country, where a lot of things are not working. I believe every of our problem as a people must be located within the state of the nation. We live in a nation without foundation. There is no national vision we are conforming to as a nation.  Our society does not exist by the force of identifiable values.

Orderly and priority thinking is alien to us. As it stands today, it takes swimming against the tide for anyone or institution to maintain sanity and achieve excellence in any area of endeavour in this country. Teachers do not live in the moon. They are sourced from this society. They are touched and torched with our national infirmities.

I therefore submit that my encouragement to teachers to act in The-Best-Interest-of-the-Child is not without acknowledging the missing links in the puzzle of excellent and best practices in the teaching profession in Nigeria. My encouragement is that teachers should despite the missing links make a commitment to reinvent themselves and make a difference all the same.

The truth is that at the end of life, we may have many excuses why we did not make a difference but, I must hasten to add that we will not have one reason. Why? For every excuse, we give, life will show us people, who found themselves in same or even worse circumstances and moved beyond it to make an indelible difference in a crowded world. Their reasons for daring their situation will forever nullify our excuses and render them unacceptable in the hall of fame of outstanding achievers. With the foregoing in mind, please join me as we explore the identified missing link.

    1. There is sweeping poverty in the land therefore people are in different sectors in search of the good of their belly and not necessarily because they have any particular interest. Therefore many teachers have no heart for their pupils. In the last one year, we have taken the TeacherFIRE program to forty-one private and public schools and trained close to two thousand teachers within and outside Lagos, when I pose the question: why are you teaching? The answer, I get in most cases is, ‘I did not find another job. I decided to pass time with this one.
    2. Employers of teachers do not do a thorough job in the hiring process, including ensuring the passion and character of applicants before putting them on the job. Unknown to the employers, ‘Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.’
    3. Poor remuneration and welfare package for teachers.
    4. Lack of teaching tools/aids and favourable learning environment for teachers to do their job.
    5. Lack of leadership within the teachers’ body, which is able to represent diverse interests and galvanize members to pursue common goals.
    6. Lack of a genuine relationship between parents and teachers as partners in progress. Some schools actually frustrate relationships between teachers and parents. Parents/teachers associations and their meetings may not serve the personal cause of an individual pupil, who to the knowledge of the teacher needs special attention.  How effective is our open day? Parents do not attend. In most cases they send a staff or relation, who for sundry reasons gives them reports that are many miles away from the truth.
    7. Comatose regulatory bodies

Profiles of 8 Unforgettable Teachers

  • Tai Solarin, a man who combined passion and discipline;
  • Booker T. Washington, who gave all of himself to his pupils and became a beacon of hope to many of colleagues;
  • Steve Mariotti, who decided to become a teacher as a commitment to social work in a notorious neighborhood and went beyond his curriculum to introduce entrepreneurial lesson to his pupils, who were born into poverty and violence, changing their lives forever;
  • Erin Gruwell, the founder of Freedom Writers Foundation, who used writing to change one hundred and fifty violent pupils and the world around them;
  • Janusz Korchak, a medical doctor, who abandoned his profession to give his life to the children under his care to the point of death;
  • Mama Ekundayo, a woman with a heart of gold, who selflessly dedicated 40 years of her live to the cause of abandoned children and made all the difference in their lives. Mama, as she was fondly called was more than a teacher; she was a model, despite her lack of formal education. What she lacked in formal education, she had in a heart for the children;
  •  Efren Peñaflorida, recently honoured as the CNN hero of the year, 2009, a quintessential teacher and social worker in the Philippines;
  • Ron Clark, who employed tenacity, sacrifice, creativity and above all love to cause a revolution in the lives of his pupils. He is today an author and founder of Ron Clark Academy

 

From the brief biographical study above, the T-E-A-C-H-E-R’s Traits is spelt out:

 

  • Train with your values/lifestyle: The teacher understands the Triple M™ Principle, which is Mentoring, Modelling and Moulding. Mentoring refers to fostering value and principle-based leadership. He Knows, he loves, he protects and he leads. Mentoring, I must say here answers to time and wisdom. Modelling means, in his dealing with children, the teacher understands that he must be conscious of the learning method of children: ‘they do not do what we say; they do what we do.’ The Teacher is therefore advised that ‘Teaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another.  And surely the student is a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures.’ Moulding: is the automatic result of mentoring and modelling.

 

  • Examine your motive: The Rain-Beaten Chicken Mentality™ vs. The Game-Changer Mentality™ Do I know myself enough to know my real motive for choosing a career in the school system? The Game-Changer Mentality™ is best explained with the game of football. I think about a situation, where a team is struggling, ‘fumbling and wobbling’ through a game, in which they needed just one goal to make a difference. The coach for a very long time does not know what to do. Suddenly, he is able to reach the march correctly. He decides to make just one change, injecting a fresh player into the game. Five minutes after the fresh player is injected, it becomes clear to everybody that the game has changed and in two more minutes, the fresh player lays a pass and a waiting striker, who converts the pass into a clear goal. The whole stadium erupts in jubilation and another two minutes after scoring the day-saving goal, the whistle goes off. The fresh player is now awarded The Game-Changer Trophy.

 

I believe as teachers, we must develop The Game-Changer Mentality™ and be ready to be the difference in the lives of the children, who they teach. They are not expected to complain, when they confront difficult pupils.

 

  • Advance in skill and current affairs: someone said, ‘Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.’ Teachers should understand the four basic rights of children as outlined by the Child’s Rights Act, 2003 as follows: Survival which includes the rights of the child to life, good health, balance nutrition and related matters (see Sections 12 & 13); Development, which include the development of the child, spirit, soul and body (see Sections 15 & 29); Protection, which include protection of the child from child labour, child trafficking, ritual killing, sexual, physical, emotional abuses and neglect (see Sections 21-52); Participation, which include the right of the child to be involved in matters that concerns them (see Sections 3(1) (2), 6. 7, 8, 13, 19 & 20).

 

  • Caring with your heart: The Real Definition of Passion, Patience, –Passion is the fuel of a heart sold to meaningful contribution to the cause of humanity.’ –‘When the noise of activities is over and an unbiased arbiter, known as time pry into the works of our hands for the purpose of rewards, the acid test shall be our commitment to a mission, a purpose, a focus…

 

  • Hearing with your inner ear: listening is the best form of speaking. John Maxwell, a world renowned leadership expert, who has a vision to equip ten million in his lifetime, says his mother had a great impact in his life. She was a ‘compassionate listener,’ he explains, which in turn ‘fostered in me a great sense of security and self-esteem.’
  • Engage Innovation to empower. According to Erin Gruwell, the progression is ‘Engage, Enlighten and Empower.’ The teacher is advised to develop Frequently Asked Question Handbook on Contemporary Children Development Issues(FAQCCDI).
  • Rely on God.

 

Rewards of the foregoing Traits

–          Fulfillment

–          Enduring impact

–          Dignity, honour and credible recognition

–          Honour and rewards from pupils and parents

–          Goodwill for offspring and immediate family members

–          Eternal rewards

 

In closing, let me say that the revolution to begin to do the right thing can begin from you, the teacher reading this piece, I urge you not to wait for the multitude. I therefore share with you the words of Edward Everett Hale,

‘I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do’

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The TeacherFIRE™ Revolution: A Revolution That Must Be Experienced in The Best Interest of The African Child

Our Unique Selling Point (USP)

  • Nutshell: It is a pioneer THE-BEST-INTEREST-OF-THE-CHILD-compliant campaign within the school system.
  • Target: It is involves everybody within the school system…Why? EVERY STAKE HOLDER within the institution of learning  plays FUNDAMENTAL and INDISPENSABLE role(s) in ensuring that an institution of learning consistently and conscientiously acts in THE BEST OF THE CHILD.
  • Reason: Our study has shown that the GROWTH, LONGEVITY, INFLUENCE and PROFITABILITY of an institution of learning is GUARANTEED when THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD becomes the cardinal principle of operation, with the main goal of releasing the child to the society as a FINISHED and EXCELLENT PRODUCT.
  • Ignorance: We have found that one of the most difficult set of people to talk to about THE-BEST-INTEREST-OF-THE-CHILD is school leaders. It is understandably so because they have genuine passion for children and in most cases they are trained.  Despite the foregoing, we have found 3 levels of ignorance in dealing with school leaders and we say that with uttermost respect: the first is those who do not know what they should know; the second is those who do not know what they should know and they do not know they should know same; the third and the most pathetic is those who are neither aware of what they should know nor the fact that they do not know it and now think or assume they know what they should know.

  • System: To build THE-BEST-INTEREST-OF-THE-CHILD-compliant school does not answer to wish or good intention. It answers to a deliberately established system. A meaningful system has 3 components: the first is goal or set of goals; the second is interdependence and the third is balance. The foregoing components make this measurable.
  • Our Solution: the goal of our solution is to evolve a THE-BEST-INTEREST-OF-THE-CHILD-compliant System. We have designed a 3 STEP Solution namely: STEP A: In-House Workshop, which focuses on Enlightenment; STEP B: Post-Workshop Services, which focuses on Consolidation; STEP C: ChildPLUS™: The-Best-Interest-Of-The-Child Code of Best Practice, which focuses on leaving with an institution of learning a child protection policy. It goes without saying that an effective system is back up with relevant policy, which ensures total adherence and policy answers to processes which are deliberately initiated and followed through.
  • Strategy: our strategy is to inform that when it comes to being THE-BEST-INTEREST-OF-THE-CHILD-compliant school, ENLIGHTENMENT IS SUPERIOR TO ENFORCEMENT. Enlightenment is to embrace the wisdom of prevention, which is said to be better than cure. Enforcement is to wait for a situation before acting. In most cases Enforcement does not assuage the damage already done.  

  • Authenticity: the authenticity of our Strategy: we have 2 premises: the legal and Social-based research for 13 years with over $128,000 invested. We are not selling our opinions, we are selling our findings. We sure know what we are talking about.
  • Tested: Besides our findings are already being tested within the private and public school system in Nigeria. It is already being well received within and outside the school system. This is evident in the numbers of schools, groups and child-focused group we have worked with as listed in our brochure. We have in the last 2 years trained over 5,000 teachers and school leaders in Nigeria including members of Association of Private School Educators of Nigeria (APEN) and UNICEF.

  • Affordability: We operate a Relationship Concession Discount (RCD) Billing Policy and it plays a major role in our billing. As a social business, our RCD billing is based on our philosophy to price relationship above business in the best interest of our clients. It enables us to find a soft landing for our clients and give thoughtful consideration to their budget, while still offering them the best services. Our RCD Billing Policy has enabled us to work with the high and mighty and with upcoming and vibrant organisations.
  • Epilogue: The taste of the pudding is in the eating, not in the tasting…The Revolution must Experienced. Think the Child…Think Today…Think the Future!
  • Contact us @ 234-8186830275 (SMS Only) or send an email to teacherfire@taiwoakinlami.com. You may also request for The TeacherFIRE™ Revolution brochure. Thank you and Stay INSPIRED.

 

The TeacherFire™ Revolution: From Supreme Education Foundation With Unusual Impact!

On Thursday, February 21, 2013, The TeacherFire™ Revolution was hosted by the Supreme Education Foundation, Magodo G.R.A., Ikeja. It was an interesting outing for my good self and the entire TeacherFire™ crew. The teachers, over 85 in number were receptive and hungry for new knowledge. It is my humble conclusion that with the active support of the teachers, we set the entire school on the positive fire of doing all in the best interest.

Reading, the testimonies of the teachers as reflected in our Evaluation Forms moves me to tears of joy. What joy? The joy that the message is spreading and we are new building a school environment, where the best interest of the child is the operating philosophy. A teacher testified, ‘it has really inspired me to go the extra mile and put in my best in this teaching profession.’ Another teacher wrote, ‘the sessions have really enriched me greatly, professionally, socially and psychologically.’ ‘It has inspired me and touched every area of our lives as teachers,declared yet another teacher. Here is the last testimony we will share with you goes thus, ‘positively informed me about the essentials of teaching the child, child psychology; I have also been equipped to hear the child with my inner ears and ways of helping children with learning challenges.’

The truth of the matter is that these testimonies are not an end in themselves. They are a means to an end. The end we seek is to get everybody within the school system to focus on only one thing: THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD. These testimonies are pointer and encouragement to us that this dream that we see is possibility. It is our firm belief that everything produces after its kind, including parents and teachers. We have faith that the testimonies above are genuine and if they are genuine, it means the lives of the teachers are being transformed and if the lives of the teachers are being transformed then automatically the lives of the children will be transformed. The truth is that children learn by observation. Thus they do not do what we say, they do what we do.

Also present at the training was the Executive Director of Supreme Education Foundation, Mrs. Adenike Adamolekun. She is an astute educationist, who also spoke to the teachers reinforcing The TeacherFire™ Revolution principles being disseminated to the teachers.

The six-hour training, which began at 10.00AM and ended at about 4.00PM sought to cause a revolution and we strongly believe that the revolution had begun earnestly. Our fervent prayer is that the impact of the revolution will endure far beyond what we can ever think or imagine.

Our charge to teacher today is that they must against all odds refuse a victim mentality and embrace game changer mentality. It is our charge to teachers that within and outside the school system, you will be treated as you treat yourself. We charge you today to increase your perception of yourself positively and in no time, you will see everything around you aligning with the health perception of yourself that you promote.

If we are yet to visit your school, we look forward to doing so soon. I urge you: Think the Child…Think Today…Think the Future.  Do have an INSPIRED week Great Souls, as fondly refer to you as teachers and I believe from the very depth of my heart that there are no greater souls than teachers.

Read My Short Story…Yet Very Intructive:The Unknown Teacher and the Bathroom Slippers.

Welcome to FireWorks on Monday. I am here this day to do something very simple. I am here to share with you as teachers and parents that one example is worth more than a billion of instruction.

I therefore submit that there is no better way to lead and discipline children except by example…To attempt anything otherwise is to set up the children under our care for frustration and double standard. I leave my story today to do the rest of the talking.

It was career day in a primary school and children were asked to come to school modeling the profession they intend to pursue in the future. A child, who wanted to become a teacher, had a running battle with her parents, when she packed a pair of bathroom slippers. The parents insisted that a pair of bathroom slippers is not in the dress code of a teacher. The child insisted it was. When the parents further probed, the child said, ‘our teacher in some cases wear a pair of bathroom slippers to the class room to teach.

It is important to note that this child was originally inspired by the father, who is also a teacher in another school. You can imagine the kind of conflict of modelling that the child is exposed to. I leave the rest of the story to your imagination. The lesson is clear: ‘children do not do what we say…They do what we do…Again, even when we do not say…What we do says a lot to the children, who keenly observe us. 

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Dear Teacher, INSPIRATION is Superior to INFLUENCE…Now, I Show You From Experience How to INSPIRE!

Welcome to FireWorks on Monday. This column is dedicated to inspiring teachers to do all things in the best interest of the best interest of the child.

It is my deepest desire to see teachers transcend the place of influence in the lives of the children under their care to the place of inspiration. Influence may happen by position, inspiration only happens by a consistent example of genuine care to a person or people.

Many seek to influence or seek to assert their influence on people. I strongly believe that influence without  inspiration will not lead to any lasting impact. For there to be lasting impact in our profession as teachers, we must move from influence to inspiration.

Also note that Influence is not an end in itself. It is must be an opportunity for inspiration. Otherwise its life span is miserably short. It is a fact of life that no matter how long influence my live, its life span is shorter than a vapour once it is not become a means of transportation for inspiration. That is why many teachers and even parents are troubled that many of the pupils and children hardly remember them or get in touch after they have been released from their influence. Influence without inspiration may leadership boring and instructions hard to receive. Therefore the number one responsibility of a leader is not only to teach vision, but to consciously and skillfully keep inspiration alive.

Please note that while influence may be asserted by many means, the chief of which is your position over the children under your care, inspiration is only disseminated by genuine care. Please note  something else about being an inspiration. When you inspire people, they will celebrate you beyond your wildest imagination. Also note that to inspire, you stoop to conquer…I mean you must make yourself of no reputation.

I have concluded therefore that inspiration can not be done by human capacity. It begin with trusting God, whose nature is INSPIRATION. He always says to us, ‘neither do I condemn you.’ In fact the more of God you know, the more inspirational you become. 

It is also my irresistible conclusion that for us to inspire fellow human beings, we must have faith, first in God and in humanity. With faith in God, knowing that He sent us here to be a blessing to others, for which He handsomely rewards us, we dedicate ourselves to service to humanity.

Faith in God is beyond trusting Him for our needs. It is about understanding that we are here to meet needs. It is about understanding that our needs being met is not an end in itself. It is a means by which God does not only empower us to help others but also shows us to the world as an example of his possibilities. God did not give man dominion to meet his needs. He gave him dominion to rule his world. With faith in God, we develop faith for His creation, humanity.

Join me today as I share with you on the subject of faith as the key to inspiration:

Small faith knows the acts of God,
Big faith knows the way of God.
Small faith seeks success,
Big faith seeks greatness
Small faith seeks blessings,
Big faith seeks to be blessings.
Small faith seeks healing,
Big faith seeks to heal the world.
Small faith builds buildings,
Big faith builds men.
Small faith builds personal mansions,
Big faith builds institutions of refuge.
Small faith seeks a voice,
Big faith gives the world a voice.
Small faith counts his blessings in possessions,
Big faith counts blessings in lives touched and transformed.
Small faith keeps his treasures on the earth,
Big faith keeps its treasures in heaven.
Small faith knows all men after the flesh,
Big faith knows all men after God-ordained Human Ingenuity.
Small faith seeks to get,
Big faith seeks to give.
Small faith opens the door to personal comfort,
Big faith opens the door to hall of fame of greatness.
Small faith resides in small minds,
Big faith resides in big minds, the mind of Christ.
Look around you,
What do you see?
Small faith?
Don’t look too far,
Look into yourself,
What faith do you carry?
Build your faith,
What faith do you build?

Thank you for joining me today. I will see you next week by God’s Grace. Think the Child! Think Today! Think the Future!

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Our Child Protection Audio Library Comprising of 5 Audio CDs and 4 Handbooks are available for order and immediate delivery depending on your location. They are well-researched and widely-applauded materials, carefully and meticulously designed to bring to your CONSCIOUSNESS and CONSCIENCE the RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES of your children and EQUIP you with the INDISPENSABLE SKILLS to do all things in the BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD. Be on the side of your child Today…Be on the Side of the Future…Place Your Order NOW! @ 234-8186830275(SMS Only) or send an email, titled: ORDER to ask@taiwoakinlami.com. Thank you and Stay INSPIRED.

THE TEACHERFIRE™ REVOLUTION- A PERSONAL PROCLAMATION

The TeacherERFIRE™ Revolution is our program to the Private and Public school system in Africa. It is a program for teachers. For the purpose of the Revolution, the teacher is defined thus:

‘Our study reveals that EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING (including non-living things) within an institution of learning is a SOURCE OF INFLUENCE on the child, including his/her peers. The child is socialised mainly by what he/she observes. His/her socialisation determines his/her psychology (mental functions and behaviours). The child also has a lot to teach every other stakeholder in an institution of learning, particularly as it relates to advancing his/her best interest in all things.’

The Philosophy of the Revolution is summed up thus:

‘To raise within the mainstream of the Nigerian and African institutions of learning a BEST-INTEREST-OF-THE-CHILD-conscious generation of teachers, instructors, workers, managers and leaders, who DELIBERATELY combine DIVINE WISDOM, PASSION, COMPASSION, CONVICTION, SENSE OF MISSION and PROFESSIONALISM to CONNECT with the child’s HEAD and HEART, thereby IGNITING and NURTURING(through positive pattern of exemplary behaviour, cutting-edge policies and total and disciplined adherence to the formulated policies) into MATURITY his/her GOD-endowed HUMAN INGENUITY, the fundamental trait of a COMPLETE CHILD.’

Of the Revolution Dr. (Mrs.) C.O. Ogunsanya, Managing Director, Oxbridge Tutorial College, G.R.A. Ikeja and Chairman, Association of Private Educators of Nigeria (APEN) Board of Trustees said, ‘I commend your presentation. It was backed up with so much passion. We all found it very inspiring and will definitely recommend you to others.’

Today I share with teachers what I have titled,THE TEACHERFIRE™ REVOLUTION- A PERSONAL PROCLAMATION. As the lead Resource Person, I lead teachers to make this proclamation during the dissemination of the Revolution in Institutions of Learning…It has been inspiring and I am persuaded it will inspire you today:

I am a Teacher,

I’m on FIRE,

Moved by the Passion of Compassion,

Motivated by the Power of Conviction,

Sustained by a Sense of Mission.

I am a Teacher,

I’m on FIRE,

I am a torch,

I lead the way,

I illuminate the way,

And lit others.

I am a Teacher,

I’m on FIRE,

I train with my values and lifestyle,

I lead.

I posses the Game Changer Mentality,

I inspire.

I advance daily in knowledge and skills,

I’m equipped.

I care with my heart,

I’m concerned.

I hear with my inner ears,

I’m alert.

I engage innovation to empower,

I’m open.

I rely solely on God for direction,

I’m empowered.

I am sent to save humanity,

I salt.

I am a Teacher,

I’m on FIRE,

I hold firm and dear to the core of my conscience,

An immovable commitment to do all,

Yes, all in the best-interest-of-the-child.

Notes: If you have been inspired by this, please pass it on.

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