This day, held on 8 March each year, has marked a day of celebration and advocacy for women’s rights and equality around the world and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. It’s a call-to-action to challenge the status quo by raising awareness against bias, celebrating women’s achievement, and acting for equality.
The International Women’s Day involves a lot of missions that include building workplaces where women thrive, elevating the visibility of women creatives, improving equality for women in tech, forge women’s empowerment worldwide, celebrate the women forging change and empowering women’s choices in health.
This year we at EKOEXCEL are #BreakingTheBias by celebrating #WomenInEKOEXCEL this year and they range from women that work to make the programme what it is to the female teachers that are trained to the women who inspire us in general.
An example of such a woman is Mrs. Florence Bamigbade, she is the headteacher of Lagos State Model Nursery and Primary School and has been so since 2020. She loves being a headteacher because it exposes her as a teacher, it has helped her to know more about how the educational system works, things she wouldn’t ordinarily have known if she remained in the classroom. She believes that female teachers can influence their pupils because of their gender. She states that being a mother is an added advantage because mothers know how to pull children closer to them, how to relate with them, how to encourage them and how to make them more focused. As a role model, she sees herself as a teacher, counsellor, doctor, and a leader who leads by example. Regarding the female pupils in her classrooms, she wishes for them to get to the climax of any career they choose to pursue, and she advises them no to look at where they are today but try to envision how they see themselves in the future and put in the necessary hard work they will need to put in to get there.
Mrs. Florence Bamigbade
Another example is Mrs. Akinde Peace Adeyemi. She is a primary 6 teacher of Lagos State Model Nursery and Primary School and has been a teacher since 2012. She loves interacting with young ones and she said that working with them brings joy into her life and makes her fulfilled. She loves to learn from her pupils, helping them and listening to them. She believes that female teachers can influence pupils in several ways that include encouraging them to commit to their daily work, by identifying their difficulty levels and helping them work through them and caring for them. As a role model, she speaks positively to her pupils, shares her past experiences with them, respecting their opinions and becoming a friend to them; she also stands by her statements and tries to accomplish her aims, teach & demonstrate a growth mindset, and helps them learn to become responsible and kind adults. She wishes all her female pupils a better future.
Mrs. Akinde Peace Adeyemi
In another light, meet Miss. Ajala Mutiat Temitope is a primary 5 teacher who has been teaching for 8 years and what she loves about it the most is seeing the impact and the effect of the skills, knowledge, morals, and values reflecting on the pupils. She believes female teachers can influence their pupils by shaping and inspiring them as future leaders, expanding their interests, and pushing them to do better and giving assistance and guidance to pupils. As a role model, she inspires her pupils to work hard and dream bigger and her wish for the female pupils in her classroom is for them to become outstanding women, women of honour and dignity and women who will hold reputable offices. Her role as a female teacher to benefit the community is to ensure that all young children especially female children have the right to proper education by offering guidance and dedication.
Miss. Ajala Mutiat Temitope
Lastly, meet Mrs. Adeyemi Ajoke Adeola, she is a primary 4 teacher who has been teaching for 8 years. She loves teaching because it helps her to improve and expand her knowledge. She believes that female teachers can influence pupils because they can handle them psychologically and bring out the best in them. As a role model, she sees herself as a woman of peace that can in turn influence her pupils to become the same way. She wishes for her female pupil’s success and the ability to be able to get to where they want to in the future.
Mrs. Adeyemi Ajoke Adeola
To commemorate the day, we would also like to showcase some of the women and men who support them behind the EKOEXCEL programme.
There are numerous ways to show your support for women on #InternationalWomensDay2022 #IWD2022. Visit HERE to see ideas on how to lend your voice.
To view and understand the impact of our programme please visit OUR WEBSITE for more information.
We wish all women around the world a happy #InternationalWomensDay once again!
Have a fabulous one x