The Female Lead Ambassador of Greensprings IB School, Emmanuela Ilok, has highlighted three essential skills every student needs to become globally competitive citizens.
Speaking during a panel session at the 10th annual parenting conference by LagosMums, the 2022 Rise Global Winner listed value-based education, effective communication, and being service-minded as the skills that have helped her succeed academically and win global awards.
She explained the importance of these three skills, emphasising the role of her parents and the school in building the skills in her.
Ilok added that effective communication is nurtured in students from an early age by providing platforms for public speaking through internal events, external competitions, and speech and debate clubs.
Moral and ethical values are the second skill every student needs to thrive in a competitive world, Ilok stated.
“I have also spent 15 years at Greensprings School, and over time, I have imbibed all the core values of the school. Everything has modelled my character to be a well-behaved individual within and outside the school. Greensprings also emphasises the importance of being responsible digital citizens, encouraging students to uphold good moral values in online interactions.”
She also emphasised how engaging in community service can give a competitive advantage to students, stating how the IB Diploma Programme made students develop the muscle for civic engagement.
“Being service-minded is also a requirement for becoming globally relevant. Students across our school categories are engaged in various forms of community service, but at the IB School, more emphasis is laid on community service through creativity, activity, and service (CAS) projects. Engagement in community service increases empathy, making students selfless and think of how they can make positive impacts in their immediate community.”
Emmanuela is a Yale Young African Scholars Social Impact Award Winner and a Cambridge Outstanding Learner Award winner.
Educationists and parenting experts attended the 10th annual parenting conference by LagosMums.