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Ways To Cut Wedding Costs Without Looking Cheap

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Arguably, wedding has always been one of the ceremonies that people cherish most, and it’s one of those that probably won’t go away for the rest of time. Its significance is not just because it formally heralds the beginning of a matrimony, although that is significant, it is also because it is an important event that the people taking part in it are fully aware of. In christening, though the baby is alive, he or she may not be totally aware of the hapenings around them, whi...

Arguably, wedding has always been one of the ceremonies that people cherish most, and it’s one of those that probably won’t go away for the rest of time.

Its significance is not just because it formally heralds the beginning of a matrimony, although that is significant, it is also because it is an important event that the people taking part in it are fully aware of.

In christening, though the baby is alive, he or she may not be totally aware of the hapenings around them, while the dead are assumed to be unaware of their burial ceremonies.

Interestingly, being a ceremony that marks the beginning of a lasting togetherness, the way and manner people go about it depends largely on the culture and tradition of the area they, especially the woman, hail from.

On a cursory look at the way wedding ceremonies are held in some other climes, while it is capital intensive in some, it is purely ceremonial and cultural in some places and yet in some other places, it is held briefly. Also, in some places, it is a one-day event but in some other places, it is multi-day event, each with its attendant cost.

For example, in Japan, the bride is painted pure white from head to toe and she and the husband become husband and wife once they drink sake (Japanese rice wine) together. In Jamaica, wedding is a community affair as everyone comes together to help in the planning and they all gather to see the bride and they assess her outfit.

In Germany, the ceremony is done in three parts and it is capital intensive, while in Cuba, it is an expensive ceremony and any male guest who dances with the bride is expected to pin money to her dress to help the couple pay for their honeymoon.

However, in Nigeria, wedding is largely seen as an expensive venture, as it is done in three stages, the first being traditional wedding (or engagement) the second being the formal aspect, whether in church, mosque or at the registry, and the third being the reception.

While the traditional is seen as sacrosanct, the third stage, which is hosting people at a reception, seems to be the most expensive. And because of the cost of the ceremony, some people delay or shy away from wedding.

But there is good news. Experts say it is possible to have a beautiful wedding that won’t be too costly and won’t appear cheap or pedestrian. An events planner, shares some tips that could help people save cost:

 

1.Cut down the number of guests: It has been established that the number of guests or invited persons determines the size of the hall, the quantity of the food to be prepared, the quantity of drinks and the number of souvenirs, which would influence the amount spent eventually. This is the view of the planner, as she/he adds that people who truly want to cut cost would limit the number of the persons they would invite and that leaving it open-ended would not do any good. She/he adds, “I realise that most people want to impress and make a statement during their wedding. If you truly want to cut cost, there is no reason why you should have a wedding that is over 500 guests, because more guests make you spend more. If you are making food for 400 people, it’s cheaper than making food for 1,000 people. And a hall that would take 1,000 persons could cost about N1.5m, whereas a hall that would accommodate 250 guests could go for about N120,000. Look at how much you have saved. So, the first thing to do is to reduce the

number of your guests.” She/he stressed that it is better to have fewer guests that would enjoy the programme than having large number where majority would be dissatisfied or disgruntled. “So, the rule is, cut down on your guest list and invite only those that actually matter. “If the cost of food per person is N1,000 and you have 150 persons, you would only spend N150,000, but if you have 1,000 guests, you would spend N1.5m on food alone. Those whose presence you want to enjoy should be the ones at your wedding. And it also affects what you would spend to get a band, because the larger the hall, the more you would pay as they would have to bring more speakers and that tells on your fees too.”

 

2.Be flexible about the day: The director of Bridal Consultants in the US, Dena Davey, said people should consider fixing their wedding on other days apart from Saturday, the usual day, so as to save cost. She said events hall managers also tend to charge more on Saturday than other days. But the wedding planner disagreed. She/he said, “I don’t agree because at the end of the day, people that really matter to you may not be able to attend, and it would look as if you are cutting them off, except you are sure that those people would all be on leave. The ideal time for a party is weekend when everybody is free.” She/he said instead of holding it during the week, to save cost, people could explore the option of takeaway food, like serving them while coming from the registry as it removes the cost of hall, music band or hiring a disc jockey. She/he said, “You could have a small thanksgiving in a hall; dance, eat and enjoy yourselves. The truth is that people don’t really enjoy themselves at a wedding; they are so stressed and they are busy catering to people who have not eaten that they miss the fun at the end of the day.”

 

3.Do some things yourself: Notably, one of the things that gulp money while planning for a wedding is invitation cards; not just the distribution, but the cost of printing them. The wedding planner said that, generally, invites are overrated and that on the average, one could cost between N500 and N1,000. She/he, however, advised that people could use e-invite; write a letter and send by mail, or prepare an access card, which she/he said could cost as low as N100. She/he said, “Except you are really buoyant, then I think people should cut down on what they spend on cards. People assume that the beauty of the invitation card says a lot about their financial status, so at the end of the day, it’s all about showing off. You can save that money.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Don’t seek to impress: From observation, one of people’s motivations when it comes to wedding planning is to impress and show people that they are well to do. But she said that is not necessary. She/he said, “Invite the people you can cater to and let them have food to eat. You could have agreed with the caterer that it’s one plate of food and two proteins per person, to avoid shortage. If you are inviting 200, make food for 350. It’s better to have excess than shortage. It is not a must to buy alcohol, if you think it would shoot up your budget.” Also, she/he said instead of inviting an artiste, people could just call a DJ or a small band. “With either of the two, have a good time, dance with your parents and friends.”

 

5.Talk to a credible event planner: It would appear that one good way to have a beautiful, low-cost wedding would be to talk to an event planner, who would help to reconcile the couple’s expectations with what their budget could cover. The wedding planner said this should come after both families have agreed on what they want, adding that even though people run away from engaging the services of event planners, erroneously thinking they couldn’t afford it, taking that step is the way to go. She said, “The planner would tell you the best venue that would save you cost in terms of logistics. For example, you could get a venue in Ring road for a higher price, but the logistics and the decoration could be cheaper due to access, while a cheaper hall in Mokola could attract higher cost of logistics and decoration. So, talking to a planner helps to put things in perspective and save cost. She/he added that a caterer or professional event planner would also make use of professional security personnel to keep away

miscreants and other unwanted persons. Just as Davey suggests that such persons should consider using open spaces, parks or beaches, to avoid paying for halls, she/he said for any event in an open space, there should be provision for security.

 

6.Your planner doesn’t have to be a family member: Perhaps, one way people run into ‘trouble’ during their wedding is when they give certain duties to unqualified family members. Findings show that this does not only lead to avoidable quarrels, it constrains the couple to accept things as they are so as not to offend family members. She/he said, “Once family members are in charge, you could be looking at a flop, because they would take care of themselves and their own and there is a limit to how you could speak to them. But a professional would ensure that everybody gets a fair, equal treatment and not that someone would just come and ask for 10 pieces of meat.” She/he stressed that it is lack of planning and mismanagement that oftentimes brings about shortage. She/he added, “In Nigeria, we expect family members to do things for us, even when they are not competent. And that is why things flop because you don’t employ the professionals. A caterer is conscious of a next time, so him/ he or she would serve you well so you could recommend him/her to others.”

 

By Tunde Ajaja

https://site.onlinenigeria.com/stories/339821-six-ways-to-cut-wedding-costs-without-looking-cheap.html

 

 

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How to Plan and Create Your Own Wedding Ceremony

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    When it comes to wedding ceremonies, there's a general outline that's usually followed: Processional, welcome, readings, vows, kiss, pronouncement, recessional you're married! But there's no reason you have to adhere to the expected. If you're wondering how to plan a wedding ceremony that's entirely unique, feel free to throw out the script and start from scratch. Or, you can take ceremony format you like, and then customize it to refl...

 

 

When it comes to wedding ceremonies, there's a general outline that's usually followed: Processional, welcome, readings, vows, kiss, pronouncement, recessional you're married! But there's no reason you have to adhere to the expected. If you're wondering how to plan a wedding ceremony that's entirely unique, feel free to throw out the script and start from scratch. Or, you can take ceremony format you like, and then customize it to reflect your relationship.

 

A personalized ceremony allows people to feel rooted and renewed, and provides people with the opportunity to give you that big, tight hug and bless and confirm your union.

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGE THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

 

 

No matter where you're getting married, whether it's at a five-star resort or in your backyard, in front of 10 guests or 200, every wedding does three things. All weddings give thanks for the past, celebrate the present, and honor the future. It's an affirmation of who the couple is at this moment in time, as well as whom they want to become, individually and as a couple. It's both that simple and that profound.

 

 

 

PEOPLE HAVE LIMITED ATTENTION SPANS

 

 

The ideal ceremony length is between 20 and 25 minutes from when the officiant takes his or her place to your first kiss. Anything shorter than that and guests feel gypped and might wonder why you bothered to have a ceremony. Anything longer than 25 minutes for a non-denominational ceremony and you'll need Cirque du Soleil to perform.

 

 

A DEFINITION ON MARRIAGE ISN'T NECESSARY

 

 

A wedding is not the time and place for the officiant to lecture on the definition of marriage. They won't remember what was said five years from now, but they'll remember the tone and how the ceremony made them feel. When done well, guests should leave your ceremony feeling refreshed and ready to celebrate your love.

 

 

CENTRALIZE THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS

 

 

The highlight of the ceremony is the exchange of rings. Everything before and after that is icing on the cake rituals that add texture. If you don't have bridesmaids or groomsmen, ask someone who has a meaningful connection to the two of you, such as your parents or your children, present the rings as a sign of their love and blessing.

 

 

KEEP THE CEREMONY MOVING

 

 

When you're thinking about how to write a wedding ceremony and start considering readings, remember those limited attention spans and aim to keep the ceremony flowing, no one moment should stop the ceremony in its tracks and disrupt the flow. This means there shouldn't be any particularly long readings, and more than two readings is too many.

 

 

CHOOSE MUSIC THAT MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU

 

 

In the same way that you don't want to disrupt the ceremony with excessive or lengthy readings. You don't want to turn it into a concert by having someone sing while everyone stares at the couple while listening. Instead of pausing the ceremony for a song, we suggest using music in the body of the ceremony to accompany some other action, such as a unity ritual or a moment honoring your families.

 

 

Don't feel pressured to use traditional music. Brides can walk down the aisle to anything, from Beyoncé to The Beatles. Think about the tone you want to set for the ceremony and then choose music that amplifies that tone, whether it be sweet, nostalgic, traditional or alternative. Some couples even use scores from their favorite films. We know one bride whose DJ launched into Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" as soon as the bride and groom were pronounced man and wife;  get creative with your ceremony!

 

 

 

DON'T INCLUDE THINGS JUST TO FILL UP TIME

 

 

Avoid cluttering up your ceremony with "stuff" just for the sake of filling time and space. "Everything you include in your ceremony should be in service of highlighting the two of you and your relationship.

 

 

CONSIDER INCORPORATING BOTH THE MOTHER AND FATHER OF THE BRIDE

 

 

Traditionally, the father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle and gives her away. One twist on this tradition is to have the mother of the bride join the bride and her father at the end of the aisle, and have both parents respond when asked, Who presents this woman (or man!) in marriage?

 

 

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO FLOWER GIRLS

 

Invite unexpected but meaningful relatives to serve as flower girls. A recent couple had two 70-year-old grandmothers sashaying down the aisle, it was sweet, whimsical, and totally unexpected! You can also think outside the box when it comes to the actual flowers the sky's the limit for what flower girls (or bridesmaids, for that matter) can carry from sweet signs to lavender sprigs to balloons, consider using alternatives to toss petals.

 

 

 

CONSIDER INCLUDING YOUR GUESTS IN THE CEREMONY

 

 

Instead of a single reader, ask multiple guests to participate by dividing the reading into shorter segments. You could also keep them seated, scattered throughout the rows of guests, to surround your guests with the feeling of community.

 

 

INCORPORATE READINGS FROM OTHER LANGUAGES

 

 

 

If your families are from different cultures, offer readings in multiple languages, followed by an English translation (which can also be written out in the program). Or, if you have hearing-impaired guests, you can provide a signer for not only the readings, but the duration of the wedding.

 

 

INCLUDE UNITY RITUALS

 

 

There are many unity ceremony ideas that you can include. It can be as simple as lighting a candle together or binding your hands together with rope. You can also plant a tree together to symbolize the roots you'll grow or pour sand into a vase to represent the blending of your lives. You can incorporate a religious ritual like circling one other, seven times each in accordance with Judaism, to represent the newfound family, protection and love; or the braiding of the cross, to show that your new lives are intertwined with God and that the new union cannot be broken.

 

 

TRY TO FIND AN OFFICIANT YOU CONNECT TO

 

 

The officiant plays a huge role in your ceremony. Try to find someone with whom you connect. If you don't already have a relationship with a pastor or officiant, don't feel pressured to choose someone just because of their title. It's fairly simple for anyone to become an officiant. Think of a friend or family member who you be honored to have take on this special role and see if they would become an officiant for your wedding.

 

 

By Jaimie Mackey

https://www.brides.com/story/how-to-create-your-own-wedding-ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS

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Exhibiting at trade shows – how hard can it be? You just show up and talk to people, right? Actually, exhibiting is surprisingly harder than it looks. That said, trade shows still remain very popular (and even keep growing) because they can produce great results when done right. If you’re exhibiting for the first time, we want to help shorten your learning curve with these eight tips you need to succeed:   1. Know what your goals are for exhibiting Everything you ...

Exhibiting at trade shows – how hard can it be? You just show up and talk to people, right? Actually, exhibiting is surprisingly harder than it looks. That said, trade shows still remain very popular (and even keep growing) because they can produce great results when done right.

If you’re exhibiting for the first time, we want to help shorten your learning curve with these eight tips you need to succeed:

 

1. Know what your goals are for exhibiting

Everything you do at trade shows should support your main sales and marketing goal. So, if you don’t know why you’re exhibiting, there’s no way to succeed. Discover or decide if your trade show goals are (most likely) to boost brand awareness, generate sales leads or strengthen key relationships, or something else (good advice, even if you are not a first-time trade show exhibitor).

 

2. Design your trade show exhibit to achieve your goals

See how important knowing your goals are? Now you can design your booth to support your sales and marketing goals. Design big branding structures and graphics for building awareness, lots of workstations for sales leads and meeting spaces for strengthening reseller, prospect and client relationships. Some exhibitors design booth spaces for all buying phases in one large exhibit.

 

3. Use promotions to drive traffic and help visitors remember you

Promotions, whether they are interactive activities or giveaways or entertainment, entice attendees to visit your booth, give your booth staffers a way to start a dialog and help attendees remember you after the show. Pick trade show giveaways that are of different value levels to fit each lead’s value, can be imprinted with your logo and are useful to your target market.

 

4. Capture the right attendee lead data

Even for first-time trade show exhibitors, the most valuable outcome of trade shows is the leads they take in their booth. You can make your leads even more valuable when your booth staffers and lead management systems are aligned to capture attendee data that will matter to your sales force.

 

5. Consider a game to boost trade show results

According to trade show industry research, interactive games are one of the best ways to attract attendees, but one of the least used – giving you an opportunity to outshine your competitors. A trade show game can increase booth traffic, help booth staffers start conversations, generating more leads and sales, and boosting your trade show ROI.

 

6. Plan for technology and its content in your booth

It’s official: Millennials are the largest generation in the United States workforce. That’s perhaps the most compelling reason why most trade show exhibitors integrate technology into their exhibit design and attendee engagement. So, take some time to plan how you will use tech in your booth and how you will create content to run on that technology. Just make sure you don’t use tech for tech sake, but instead choose tech that is easy for staffers and attendees to use and enhances your in-booth conversations.

 

7. Follow up fast on your trade show leads

Your trade show leads are worth more than their weight in gold and quickly lose their value over time, so follow up on your leads quickly! It’s easily the biggest mistake exhibitors make, new or veteran. Quickly get the materials appropriate to each lead post-show and quickly get your best leads into the hands of the right salespeople.

 

8. Measure and report your trade show results to management

Trade shows cost a lot of money – they can often be the largest marketing expense for a B2B company. Your boss and your Chief Financial Officer are eager to hear how well your first show (and all subsequent shows) produced results, so you need to measure if you met your trade show goals, and then give your boss a short report with easy-to-understand charts and pictures.

 

I am excited for you as first-time trade show exhibitors. There is nothing like the rush you will get from meeting face-to-face with a stream of customers and prospects over several days. Do the show right and you will create significant value for your company. Good luck!

By Samuel J. Smith

https://www.tsnn.com/blog/8-tips-firsttime-trade-show-exhibitors

 

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CEREMONY PLANNING DOS AND DON'TS

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Don’t underestimate planning your ceremony there’s way more to it than just showing up and saying "I do."     We know you're probably more excited about choosing cake flavors and centerpieces than writing vows and ceremony programs, but your ceremony is the most important part of the day by far. It's easy to minimize logistics and prioritize other things over it, but you'll be glad you have everything squared away for the ceremony...

Don’t underestimate planning your ceremony there’s way more to it than just showing up and saying "I do."

 

 

We know you're probably more excited about choosing cake flavors and centerpieces than writing vows and ceremony programs, but your ceremony is the most important part of the day by far. It's easy to minimize logistics and prioritize other things over it, but you'll be glad you have everything squared away for the ceremony first. Not only does it set the tone for the whole day, but it's when you actually tie the knot! Here are our top dos and don'ts for planning your wedding ceremony.

 

 

DO: GET TO KNOW YOUR OFFICIANT AHEAD OF TIME

 

 

This is the person who's going to lead you through the emotional commitment you're making, so it's crucial they're someone whom you're completely comfortable with. And if you get to know them ahead of time, your ceremony will feel personalized and authentic. Your meet up doesn't have to be formal you could grab coffee together or take them up on their offer for premarital counseling (which is a completely normal thing to do, even if there are no issues).

 

 

Bonus Tip: If you're not required by your religious institution to use a particular officiant, you could choose someone you're already close with, like the pastor of your childhood church or a friend who's known you both forever. Just check what the requirements are for getting them certified and ordained in your state, if they aren't already.

 

 

DON'T: PICK A SPOT THAT'S EXTREMELY FAR AWAY FROM YOUR RECEPTION

 

 

Keeping your ceremony space close to or at your reception venue is the easiest way to cut costs (on venue rental, transportation, and even photography and videography), simplify your planning and cut down on logistics, like figuring out how your entire wedding party is going to get from the ceremony to the cocktail hour (not to mention all the guests). Book a ceremony venue that's nearby or at the same place as your reception and you'll have more time for things like photos and mingling with your guests at cocktail hour.

 

 

Bonus Tip: If you're dead set on your ceremony venue or have already booked a space that's far from the reception, consider providing transportation for your wedding guests it's the courteous thing to do. Book a bus and supply it with an upbeat playlist and snacks. Your guests won't notice how long the trip is if they have fun getting to know one another during the ride.

 

 

DO: PAD IN TIME WHEN YOU'RE GETTING READY

From getting ready to traveling to the venue, there are a lot of pre-wedding to-dos that can potentially put you behind schedule and make your ceremony start late. In many cases, you only have the ceremony space for a limited amount of time, and you don't want to make your guests wait on you. Typically, hair and makeup take about 45 minutes each, so plan two and a half (or even three) hours just for beauty.


Bonus Tip: Ask each pro for a realistic estimate on how long it'll take and then add on 15 to 30 minutes just to be safe. That way, if everything runs smoothly, you'll still have some time left over if something unexpected sets you back. Plus, any extra time can be used for photos or just fun chatter before everything begins.

 

 

DON'T: SPEND YOUR ENTIRE DÉCOR BUDGET ON FLOWERS FOR THE ENTRANCE

 

Start with decorating high impact areas like your aisle and altar, since these are going to draw the most attention from both guests and the photographer. Then, use the rest of your ceremony décor budget on the entrance, chairs and ceiling. A flower-entwined trellis and petal-covered aisle are classic ceremony décor ideas, but you can go as simple as hanging paper lanterns from the aisle chairs or as elaborate as draping the space from floor to ceiling.

 

 

Bonus Tip: If you're just planning for a few arrangements, work with a florist to figure out what you'll need. But for a more complex design, enlist a floral or event designer to help you create and execute your vision.

 

 

DO: OFFER COMFORTABLE SEATING

 

 

If guests are comfortable, they'll be able to focus on just enjoying your ceremony, which sets the vibe for the rest of the day. That might mean adding colorful cushions to your church pews or exchanging wobbly plastic folding chairs for something sturdier. Think about the setup too there should be enough space between chairs and rows, so guests have some leg and elbow room.

 

 

Bonus Tip: Planning your ceremony space yourself? Keep in mind: There should be at least 10 square feet per person, and an extra 20 to 30 square feet for the altar and bridal party to stand.

 

 

DON'T: GET TOO HUNG UP ON YOUR PROGRAM

Your programs can include anything from song lyrics to your love story. But before you start penning a novel, you should know there's nothing wrong with sticking to the basics, like the names of your wedding party members, the order of events and info on any readings. So don't stress about putting down every thought, or worry about giving acknowledgements to every guest (save all that for toasts or thank-you notes). That way, you have more time to focus on things like picking the perfect processional music instead.

 

 

Bonus Tip: In this day and age, a lot of couples don't have programs at all. If you're not into the idea, you could always consider one large sign (like a chalkboard) at the entrance with all the ceremony info instead.

 

 

DON'T: INSIST THAT YOUR SHY FRIEND SHOULD DO A READING

 

 

Before you choose your readers, think about whether they're the right person for the role. And don't take it personally if someone declines because they're not up to it. If a reader isn't comfortable speaking in front of a lot of people, they may get nervous, which could mean a lot of awkward pauses, an unsteady voice or a total freeze-up. Your readings will go much more smoothly if your readers are confident and excited to do it.

 

Bonus Tip: Finalize your selections at least a few weeks ahead of time, so your readers have time to practice. That way, they won't have to be glued to the paper they're reading from or stumble through the words. If they feel comfortable, the audience will feel at ease too.

 

 

DO: HAVE A BACKUP PLAN IF YOUR CEREMONY IS OUTSIDE

 

 

Prepping a plan B in case of rain, snow or whatever the weather may bring is a must, and that might mean reserving an indoor alternative or a tent. And you should also think of ways to make everyone as comfortable as possible for your outdoor ceremony. That could mean reserving heat lamps to ward off chills in late fall or buying parasols for a hot summer day.

 

 

Bonus Tip: You can get a feel for what you'll need by doing a walk-through at around the same time as your ceremony (if you did all your venue visits in the evening, you may not have realized there's no shade over your ceremony space at your early afternoon start time). And keep an eye on the weather leading up to the day for any sudden changes.

 

 

DO: OUTLINE TRADITIONS IN YOUR PROGRAM

 

Including cultural customs that are meaningful to you as a couple is a great way to personalize your ceremony, but it will be hard for your guests to feel included if they have no idea what's going on, like if you're putting your own spin on the unity candle or reciting a reading in another language. A note in the program explaining the traditions you've chosen is all you need to help guests follow along.

 

Bonus Tip: Ask your officiant to give the guests cues when a custom is beginning or when you're transitioning from one tradition to the next. Don't hesitate to use your program to share why these particular traditions are meaningful to you both (maybe your unity ceremony is a Celtic hand fasting because he proposed while you were traveling in Ireland, or maybe you're including a tea ceremony as a nod to your Chinese heritage).

 

 

By: Simone Hill

 

 

 

 

https://www.theknot.com/content/top-wedding-ceremony-tips

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WHAT WE NEED TO REVAMP NIGERIA'S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

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The issues responsible for the decline are ‘legion.’ There are issues of lack of funding, lack of resources, lack of infrastructure and so on, but the neglect of teachers as far as I’m concerned is the most important factor. If infrastructure and resources were to be provided but teachers still not empowered, it will yield very little results. Research has it that teachers are the most important factor (not the only factor but most important) affecting student...


The issues responsible for the decline are ‘legion.’

There are issues of lack of funding, lack of resources, lack of infrastructure and so on, but the neglect of teachers as far as I’m concerned is the most important factor.

If infrastructure and resources were to be provided but teachers still not empowered, it will yield very little results.

Research has it that teachers are the most important factor (not the only factor but most important) affecting students’ learning and are responsible for their academic achievement to a very large degree, therefore, issues concerning teachers need to be the starting point in understanding the reasons for the decline in our standards.

 

 

First, is the quality of the initial teacher training that prospective teachers receive in our colleges of education and universities – is it fit for purpose? Can it adequately prepare those student teachers for the 21st century School and classroom?

 

 

Secondly, beyond the initial teacher training is the lack of on-the-job training for teachers. Unlike some other professions, teachers are not mandated to attend continuous professional development programmes and conferences.

Who would take their baby to a doctor who has not trained in 30 years? Yet, there are children presently being taught by such teachers? This is extremely disconcerting.

Teachers need to keep updating, not only their subject knowledge but pedagogical skills as well.

Another important factor is lack of quality leadership in our schools.

The American author, pastor and leadership expert John Maxwell says everything rises and falls on leadership.

Teachers with experience are simply promoted to become heads with no thorough preparation for the position.

In the UK, for instance, a prospective head must have the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) or such relevant qualification. Technical skills cannot be equated with leadership skills.

 

What recommendations can you give the government to help improve educational system in Nigeria?

I would recommend that more specialized (education) universities be established.

Teachers will benefit much more from these specialized universities, as the pedagogical focus in these universities is stronger than in the regular universities, which seem to focus more on content knowledge.

 

 

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