The IBSF raises funds for school operations - teacher salaries, generators, electrical, and structural repairs, etc. This year we are also asking for support for a new program, the Classroom Impact Project. The purpose of this project is to reduce the gap between the current Nigerian education system and what is expected of modern day students. The two areas of focus will be Teacher Training and Advanced Classroom Supplies for interactive learning.
In the Nigerian education system a lot of emphasis is placed on memorization and less on critical thinking, language, and interactive learning activities. Once the children graduate, and they enter the workforce, they lack the problem solving skills to succeed and compete with those who studied abroad. IBSF wants to ensure the students of The Light School can set themselves apart and accomplish more than entry level or manual labor jobs.
The way to shift classroom focus from memorization to critical thinking begins with the teachers. IBSF will facilitate access to structured teacher training in Lagos, introduction to digital tools and resources for lesson plans, examples of best practices and outline the path for leadership development. The students will receive new desks, updated textbooks, new supplies for interactive learning and technology resource training.
In conjunction with the IBSF Scholarship Program, which enables top students from The Light School to continue on to Secondary School (the equivalent to High School in the U.S.), IBSF feels confident that with the help of the Classroom Impact Project, students of The Light School will be able to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to attain self-sufficiency, compete with their peers, achieve their dreams and influence future generations.