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Greensprings Celebrates IB Graduation

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By Mercy Kelani

Osita Chidoka, in his keynote, urges Nig to adopt the IB system for holistic ed.

Recently, Greensprings School concluded its rigorous two-year IB Diploma programme with a graduation ceremony held recently. Parents, visitors, and employees attended the event, which featured a keynote speech by Mr. Osita Chidoka, a former minister of Aviation. Chidoka proposed a review of the current 6-3-3-4 Educational System and argued for Nigeria to implement the IB Diploma program. Referred to as the international gold standard, he lauded the IB Curriculum for encouraging critical thinking, global knowledge, and a comprehensive Education. Chidoka highlighted the program’s capacity to generate self-sufficient thinkers who are ready for admission to the world’s best universities.

Giving the graduates the “Chidoka Principles” of morality, diligence, and wisdom, he exhorted them to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions to society. Several graduates who were awarded multiple scholarships by institutions in North America and Europe were acknowledged by the school. The fact that thirty-six graduates received almost $12 million in scholarships between them shows how well the program prepares students for success in further education and the future. For students ages 16 to 19, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme offers a demanding two-year curriculum.

Nigerian educational system frequently encounters obstacles.

Acknowledged globally, it highlights critical thinking, cross-cultural comprehension, and exposure to many viewpoints. Three essential elements comprise the program, along with six topic groups: the Extended Essay (EE), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). A combination of internal evaluations and final exams is used to evaluate students. The Nigerian educational system, in comparison, is organized into four academic years—four years of higher education, three years of junior secondary school, three years of senior secondary school, and six years of primary school. Although the system strives to offer a thorough education, it frequently encounters obstacles like scarce resources, sizable class numbers, and a strong dependence on memorization.

A few exceptional projects showcased the talents of the most recent graduates. At an international science reasonable, a student’s research thesis on Sustainable Energy alternatives for rural Nigerian communities won awards. Another graduate demonstrated a great dedication to social impact by starting a community service project that offered resources and educational help to impoverished children in Lagos. Graduate Adeola Johnson reflected on her experience, saying, “The IB Diploma program forced me to think critically and internationally. It has equipped me for life, not just for college.”

There are distinctions between Nigeria’s 6-3-3-4 system & IB Diploma program.

“I’m excited to attend the University of Toronto this fall, where I plan to study biomedical engineering,” said Chinedu Okafor, another graduate. My strong foundation has been provided by the abilities and information I acquired during the IB program.” There are a number of significant distinctions between Nigeria’s 6-3-3-4 system and the IB Diploma program. The Nigerian educational system places more of an emphasis on memorizing and standardized testing than does the IB program on research, global perspectives, and critical thinking. The all-encompassing approach of the IB promotes autonomous learning and problem-solving, two abilities that are critical for success in postsecondary education and beyond.

Chidoka’s support for the IB curriculum stems from its track record of developing well-rounded persons and preparing pupils for top colleges. Having the knowledge and abilities the IB program fostered, many of these graduates will enroll in prestigious colleges across the globe as they move into the next chapter of their academic careers. Greensprings School intends to build on this achievement by increasing their extracurricular programming to foster a diversity of abilities and improving their academic offerings, which will include the addition of new technology-driven courses.

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Education professionals, parents, and educators have hailed the impact of the IB curriculum. A parent stated, “The IB program has transformed my child into a confident and inquisitive learner.” A instructor said, “Seeing students grow into independent thinkers has been the most rewarding part of teaching the IB curriculum.” “The IB program’s comprehensive approach addresses many of the gaps in our traditional educational system, making it a valuable model for reform,” educational analyst Dr. Amina Bello continued.


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