By Sunday Awosoro.
The Vent Republic reports that on July 15th, 2021, the Education Students’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN), Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) chapter hosted its maiden Education Conference, which brought together, leaders and students from different phases of life.
The Conference, whose theme was “21st Century Education: Ideas for Emerging Educrats ”, sought to promote the Faculty’s mission of providing and supporting quality education in Nigeria and beyond. The Conference featured sessions, which were led by key leadership team and were aimed at exposing the participants to a variety of elements crucial for ensuring a holistic student development.
Engr. Michael Ale, one of the guests in attendance, gave a presentation on Students’ Success. He highlighted the need for a shift in defining students’ success by focusing on the dynamic perspectives and interests of students instead of relying solely on the traditional and fixed views of success.
Participants, through this presentation, learned to embrace the essence of redefining success according to each student’s needs to make it easier for students to enjoy their education and chart their career paths.
As part of ESAN’s effort to promoting value based education, Prof. M.G. Olujide, Dean of Faculty of Education, co-led a session to demystify students’ concerns and fears about what it means to be a complete student.
Alongside Dr. Oluwatoyin Obateru, the Head of Department (HOD) of Educational Foundation Programme in the school; Mr. Adaraniwon Tosin, the CEO of Glimpse NG; and the representative of SA to Ekiti state Governor on Students’ Matters, Mr. Tosin, actively participated in a plenary discussion. The discussion which was moderated by Sunday Awosoro and Oyebamiji Bamise had the guests sharing their experiences and current activities to educate participants on simplifying education concepts and making life more interesting.
Dr. Obateru, in her opinion felt school is not a scam. “It rather becomes that when students fail to be smart,” she said. When asked to advise the students, she said “while chasing your certificates, get skills”.
She also addressed ladies who feel they wouldn’t get suitors if they aim high by chasing their dreams.
“This is 21st century. And no responsible man would marry a liability. It is only wise you become whatever you want to be, and have real men run after you,” she advised.
Mr. Tosin Adaraniwon, a popular website designer in Ekiti said, while speaking to student entrepreneurs:
“As start-up entrepreneurs, you’ll be AFRAID! But if you don’t relent, you’ll succeed.”
Representing the Special Assistant to Ekiti state governor on Youths & Students Matters, Mr. Tosin, emphasized how capacity development and networking cannot be detached from success.
“Opportunites favour the prepared,” he said as the discussion went on.
Department of Educational foundations represented by English Education students emerged the winner while the department of Science Education and the Department of Educational Management and Business studies energies 2nd and 3rd runners up respectively during the maiden intra-faculty debate held alongside Oye Education Conference.
“The Conference served as a great opportunity for representatives from each institution to network among themselves and with the ESAN_FUOYE team to build strategic, long-term partnership,” Comrade Olanrewaju J. Olagunju, the president of the association said while giving his vote of thanks.