The Educational Advancement Centre, Ibadan, celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year. Since the Institution was founded in 1996, it has become one of the leading lights of post-secondary/ pre-university education in Nigeria. The School has gained a nationwide reputation for excellence at modest cost and has over 4,000 alumni all over the world, many of them already first class and second class upper honours graduates. 500 students are currently studying at Educational Advancement Center. The EAC has not only survived various upheavals in the Nigerian educational system, it has also achieved plenty of milestones in academic learning and research in its twenty-year existence. In order to celebrate this tremendous milestone, the EAC put together a weeklong series of programmes from Tuesday 13th September 2016 to Sunday 18th September 18, 2016
Tuesday 13th September 2016 was the school’s praise day which was held at the school’s head office at 45, Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija, Ibadan. The programme featured praise and worship sessions from the Educational Advancement Centre Choir, Bible Readings and a short exhortation by the CEO of the EAC, Mr Muyiwa Bamgbose. Mr Bamgbose in his discussion explained how grateful he is to God for having kept EAC through thick and thin for the past twenty years, he advised the attendees at the event to always take stock of their lives and find cause to appreciate God for the good things he has done for them.
Wednesday the 14th of September, was the date for the company’s annual general meeting which was held at the same venue as the praise day. The shareholders of the companies were briefed on the state of the company’s accounts, its income and expenditure over the last eighteen months. Pastor Muyiwa Bamgbose, the CEO of the centre also took the opportunity to talk about some of the achievements of the Centre in its twenty years of existence. He mentioned the School on Air Initiative, an E- learning platform that is being used all over Nigeria and was recently launched in Liberia as well. He also mentioned the fact that the Educational Advancement has cut ground on its own University and that work has begun in earnest at the site. The Centre also recently became a partner of Orion Edutech, a foremost Education Technology Company based in Asia. Apart from the AGM, there was also an exhibition of the products of research done by the Educational Advancement Centre, in line with its vision to continue to improve in the line of post-secondary teaching and research. (You can read about it in more detail here)
On Thursday the 15th of September activities moved to Lagos, briefly with a public lecture by foremost Educator and writer, David Didau from the United Kingdom. Didau’s lecture which was held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, 13/15 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, focused on the subject of education and how educators often make wrong assumptions about learning, which makes them set the wrong priorities for teaching, which in turn creates problems for the learners. Later in the day, an alumni dinner was held at Monty buffet, Karim Ikotun, Victoria Island, Lagos . The dinner was an opportunity for the staff of the centre to interact with some of the products of the EAC and to dine and wine in celebration of what the centre has become.
On Friday the 16th of September 2016, activities moved back to Ibadan, with another well-attended public lecture at the Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan. David Didau, the guest lecturer, was on hand to share his findings on the nature of education and learning with parents and educators in Ibadan as he had done in Lagos. His book “What if everything you knew about education was wrong” formed the core of his lecture.
On Saturday the 17th of September 2016, it was a day of sports and relaxation as members of staff and students enjoyed various sporting activities. There were various competitions among students, staff, guardians and even some alumni, and the event renewed the spirit of friendship, teamwork and friendly rivalry among its participants. Later in the day, a documentary titled The Journey so Far was aired in the EAC Hall. The Documentary which detailed the EAC’s start as a small study centre with only a few students to its current status as one of the leading lights of post-secondary education in Nigeria, its state of the art facilities, and its strides and initiatives in the areas of study and research. The documentary also touched on the EAC’S determination to keep improving and to keep improving the quality of advanced level education in Nigeria and the world.
Sunday the 18th of September 2016 was the thanksgiving day at the Vine Branch Church Mokola Ibadan, where students of the institution, their parents and guardians and members of staff of the institution were on hand to thank God for his faithfulness to the centre in the twenty years of its existence. Later in the day, the eventful week was rounded off with a Banquet and Awards evening at the Pentonrise Event Centre, Bodija Ibadan.