Edves Limited, a leading Edtech company in Africa, since the beginning of the year, announced the 6th edition of its yearly programme called Edves Catalyst, themed “learning outcomes”. After careful planning, the programme held on the 3rd and 4th June 2022. The 2-day summit was packed with impactful keynote sessions, practical learning moments through panelists sessions and speeches, live performances, networking and other rewarding activities.
Edves CEO and co-founder Sunday ‘Dimeji Falana, in his welcome address said the event is aimed at solving tech and non-tech related issues in education and in his opening speech, he stated that Edves takes pride in supporting teachers, school administrators and stake holders in the education sector on issues concerning k-12 (Primary and Secondary) schools in Africa with the aim of making learning easy. He continued by saying Edves Software was built as an operating system to help and support schools and learning journey of students. Also, on the stage, was the COO Dare Adebayo, he appreciated the attendees, and gave a brief on what to expect from this year’s edition.
The event gathered 17 speakers and 3,000 educators with public and private background both online and onsite for two days. The first speaker, Miracule D Gavor, explained learning outcomes and in his words, learning outcomes is an idea and only becomes actionable when a teacher shares that meaning. He continued by saying when that is done, students on their own are able to envision new possibilities.
Mr Tao Chang, Director of MBA, University of Chester UK had a discussion with the audience on how schools should build resilience. He continued by saying schools should employ the use of softwares that automate process to save time. Other speakers at the event are Olasunkanmi Opeifa, Rhodah Odigbo, Egunjobi Adebare, Professor Olumide Longe, Professor Ndubisi Ekekwe and Rotimi Eyitayo who motivated everyone to show more commitment to evidence of learning and in the leadership and management of the education system.
In addition, panelist sessions were conducted which focused on learning evidences of students and providing leadership for learning outcomes. The discussants were Mutheu Kasanga, National chairperson for the Kenya Private Schools Association, Miracule D. Gavor Doctoral researcher, University College London UCL, Trisha Calella and Coretta Martin from US, Nnenna Okore, Olufunke Fowler Amber, Kemi Ogunsanya, Gbemiga Bankole from Nigeria and through information exchange, they provided participants with practical tips on the theme and how to continually achieve improved results on expected learning outcomes. The sessions revealed that it is possible to review curriculum, and that educators should show more curiosity and collaboration to achieve collective results on students learning outcomes.
Also, in attendance was the NAPPS national chairman, Chief Yemi Otudola and other NAPPS executives. He admonished that schools should adopt technology to get the attraction of the current generation. He praised the consistency Edves has displayed over time and announced that Edves has been conferred the Most creative IT company this year 2022.
The award-winning artist, UNICEF Nigeria ambassador, Cohbams Asuquo performed live at the event. In his performance, he sang about teachers being angels and encouraged them to be the best at raising students.
The objective of Edves Catalyst 2022 was to discuss actionably tech and non tech related issues in education proffering solutions so that educators across Africa can deploy strategies shared in their various schools and also to increase interaction with Edves software as a solution. Having these in mind, a survey was conducted to measure the performance of the event in respect to its objectives and from the feedback gathered more than 80% of participants agreed that they had acquired new ideas to use in their various schools and for this reason have become evangelists for Edves. Many of the participants took to their social media handle to talk about their experience. Speaking on the impact of the event, Juliet Ada Nneji said” it was an amazing experience, I learnt a lot”, David Japheth Omaye said “Such an amazing event. My school will like to deploy your school management software”. Zainab Mabini Adesanya says “I am super proud of your impacts, thank you Edves in believing in the future of education”, Sarah Testimony Akpan says “it was mind blowing” while Yusuf Bolanle said “it was a wow experience” Remilekun Akinbo said “Edves truth be told, you stand out. Thank you”. Nuradeen Mukhtar said “This is one of the best educational conference I happen to be in”.
At the end of the event, participants were conveyed back to their destination courtesy of Edves.