Greenspring Group of Schools has become the first in Nigeria and indeed Africa to be recognised as a thinking school. This is as the school hosted a career fair for pupils and those from other schools.According to Mrs Magdalene Okrikri , Principal Greenspring Schools,Anthony branch, the need to expose students to skills needed globally necessitated the fair. ”We know that the world is dynamic and things keep changing.
As educators, we must position ourselves to help our students develop skills they need to cope.Our focus for this fair is to create that awareness. As a school, we are always proactive to seek ways to help our students better.This motivated the formation of the thinking school, the first in Nigeria and Africa where we teach thinking to our students. So, for us, it’s not just about getting the content, but teaching our students to be critical and creative thinkers, because these are the skills they need to survive in future.” said Mrs Okrikri.
On the issue that students are not interested in the teaching profession, she explained ” Well , if you listen to the clip, the presenter did say that teaching requires creativity and that’s why we have looked into the direction of ensuring that we teach our students how to think. We also have to re-educate ourselves as teachers and the school has to train every teacher to ensure that we also change our strategy to enable our children know how to teach. So, we are in that process”.
Chinelo Nkennor,Head of Counseling, Greenspring Group of Schools says “ It’s worrisome that a lot of students have a wrong perception of what teaching is all about and it’s important we begin to stress the need to see teaching as a noble profession. That’s why at this career fair, we have a teachers’ stand and I’m happy to see a lot of students going there. In choosing a career, there are certain things you have to consider. These are your personality,aptitude, value system and your interest”.