KDSL Global chats with Ezirim Kennedy of Yagazie Foundation

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KDSL Global collaborates with education businesses around the world. One service we offer is promoting education companies. This month the team had a chance to chat with Ezirim Kennedy of Yagazie Foundation. Learn more about this new team and their work below.

 

 

Tell us about the Yagazie Foundation.

We are a Nigeria based non-profit organization that operates independently of a government. We are also a group of humanitarians made up of some strategic thinkers who can adapt quickly and respond to changing and pressing needs faster than governmental organizations which require executive and electoral approval for action.

Yagazie Foundation is consistent and well organized in delivery of critically important service such as sustainable Health care, Education, Agriculture and Environmental, Empowerment, Advocacy as well as human right protection.

We have exhibited high level of integrity and transparency in budgeting of effectual action. We have also not failed to acknowledge the importance of foreign expertise within the NGO framework.

Our mission is to motivate potential leaders, offer a sustained opportunity to the voiceless, underserved, unreached and less privileged from disadvantaged background through the provision of quality health care, enhanced education and healthy environment with the aim of impacting a productive lifestyle in order to disconnect them from perilous activities.

Our 3 focus in Yagazie Foundation is to use Sports to solve problems in Education, Health and Environments.

 

 

 

What are your three pillars?

INNOVATION

Indicates our drive to challenge ourselves as a team to creatively overcome obstacles and treats to a to a better living.

 

IMPACT

Reflects our intense passion/interest in adding or creating value where little or none exists, thereby positively transforming the lives of beneficiaries.

 

GOVERNANCE

Reflects our good-doing mission to our employees, directors, volunteers, stake-holders.

 

 

 

What is the future of education in Nigeria? 

The future of education in Nigeria is dark because the rate of drop out is increasing incessantly as the day goes by. The government is doing what they can and it is not enough to tackle the problems of providing an enabling environment for Students to study and develop in Nigeria. Consequently, this will affect the economy and productivity of the country negatively.

 

To learn more about the Yagazie Foundation visit https://www.yagaziefoundation.org

 

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Ezirim C. Kennedy JP is a Global Citizen, Justice of Peace, Ambassador for Peace, Humanitarian, Educationist, SDGs Advocate and a Sports Consultant. He is the Founder of Yagazie Foundation, Yagazie Sports and African Coaches League which serves mankind in different ways respectively. A member of the Alumni Association of Ecole Superieur De Gestion Et De Technologie where he studied International Relations and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree, Kennedy has had leadership roles right from elementary school days onward. He has a passion for leadership and that’s why he took some leadership roles with some local organisations in Nigeria and Africa, such as African Coaches League, Yagazie Foundation, African Youth Leadership & Economic Summit (AYLES) etc. He had some professional trainings with GIZ, British Council, FATE Foundation etc. Kennedy always wants to make an impact and sustained societal development to the people in his jurisdiction or any one he comes in contact with. He also has a passion for peace, leadership, humanity, education, sports, good governance and the execution of projects from the grassroots. Kennedy has organised grassroots education, sports, environmental and peace development program across Nigeria and Africa to help give sustainable resilience to the unreached, underserved and less privileged person from disadvantaged background across Nigeria and other African communities.

KDSL Global Managing Director selected for Uplift Legacy Cohort

 

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KDSL Global Managing Director Kevin Simpson has been selected as 1 of 40 educators for the Legacy Cohort of the inaugural issue of UpLIFT, an innovative publication that celebrates black male educators across the USA.

UpLIFTing the 40 Amazing Educators selected for the Legacy Cohort of our inaugural issue! Stay tuned 4 wisdom from these men!

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KDSL Global chats with Shani Brinkley of Feed Your Wellness

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KDSL Global collaborates with education businesses around the world. One service we offer is promoting education companies. This month the team had a chance to chat with Shani Brinkley of Feed Your Wellness. Learn more about this new team and their work below.

 

 

Tell us about Feed Your Wellness.

Feed Your Wellness developed from my personal struggle with loving my body as it is. After years of dieting, with little success and lots of uncomfortable moments, I began my journey towards uncovering what worked for my body. I released 75 pounds, became a certified Holistic Health and Well-being Coach, and started helping clients how to uncover their health quotient (wellness plan). I discovered that body weight issues weren’t fixed with diets and strenuous exercises, any result is temporary without connecting your body-mind-spirit. Wellness is cultivated from within. Feeding your wellness focuses on what you’re feeding your senses; the food, the mindset, the words.

 

What are some ways people can focus on wellness during this time?

The first thing I want you to do is acknowledge this has never happened before by saying the following; “This is unprecedented and although this is uncomfortable, I am ok.” and “I am not alone. I am supported.” The first statement offers acceptance and acknowledgement to what you are experiencing. Hearing those simple words comforts your soul. “I am not alone. I am supported” are affirming statements that should be repeated daily. When we feel alone or lonely it is because that’s the storyline that has repeated in our lives. By acknowledging you are not alone, everyone in the world has been affected by this pandemic, there’s comfort in that.

Next, take a moment to count what you are grateful for. What is positive in your life? Are you safe? Do you have clean water? Can you wiggle your toes? Say aloud all that you are thankful for.  Expressing gratitude verbally or through writing shifts your mind away from pity to a state of appreciation.

Lastly, be kind to yourself. Tune into what your body needs. Try this simple and easy practice; close your eyes, take three long breaths, put your hand on your heart and connect with yourself. Take these small moments throughout the day to connect and tune into your needs. One last suggestion is to turn off the 24 hour news cycle. Set a timer, watch one news broadcast or none at all. I’m sure you will feel calmer and can focus on fun, relaxation or creating something awesome.

 

What do you see as the future of the wellness industry?

I believe the future of the wellness industry will focus on mental well-being more deliberately. Mental health can be a taboo topic due to lack of knowledge and understanding.  Mental wellness has become an open sore, exposed and needing tending. Moving beyond the pandemic, retreat spaces, events and awareness will be more prevalent.  The other focus will be on immersive, integrative experiences for individuals. Hotels, spas and travel destinations will offer services that visitors can add on to level up their wellness that extend beyond the traditional massage package.

 

To learn more visit http://www.feedyourwell.info

 

 

 

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L.A. Shani Brinkley is a 18 year master early childhood educator. Her early career began in Plainfield, NJ, United States of America. During her 12 years in Plainfield, Shani contributed to Early Childhood publications, conducted professional development classes and implemented ELL trainings. She improved parent communication by 15% and increased literacy awareness in special needs students resulting in school based awards. Shani is also a certified health and nutrition coach. Her passion for children’s health and well-being lead her to create and implement successful after school nutritional programs and several parent and child workshops.

Shani has vast experience as an educator abroad. She’s taught in Spain, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. As an immersive educator, Shani uses songs and movement along with researched strategies to help her students excel. In leadership roles, she’s had the opportunity to supervise and implement enrichment programs for over 100 students. She enjoys teaching young learners the foundation for a successful education.

 

 

 

Summer of Learning

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The summer is coming and school will be out. How will you continue to engage your scholar in learning? KDSL Global is highlighting five resources for families as they plan summer learning opportunities.

 

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The mission of Black Girl MATHgic is to inspire math confidence, strengthen math aptitude and develop math identity in girls. The Black Girl MATHgic Box is a monthly subscription box curated for girls on a 3rd-8th grade math level (regardless of their age); each box contains an engaging, real-world math activity booklet, 3-5 items to support the activities, an affirmation to inspire confidence, a profile of a black woman mathematician and a Caring Adult Guide.

https://linktr.ee/blackgirlmathgic?fbclid=IwAR3-WRhEf-7FjkUMzqzttCXEXDQVvTEyfzHGqDd1t0gxMU6pixvzbiQvQuI

 

Flurning

The FlUrNing® Learning Group, LLC provides face-to-face and online academic support to K-8 scholars as well as instructional support and materials to educators. By focusing on effective instruction, combined with innovative and creative delivery methods, FlUrNing strives to bring out the FUN in learning.  Our online platform is also available to connect with scholars all across the country. By putting the needs of the scholars first, we were created for one reason: ​save education by making learning FUN for once! ​

https://www.flurninglg.com

 

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Digital Storytelling Virtual Camps

During the virtual camp, students will create a digital story based on the theme of the week. Sign your kids up for one and all of our fun themes and enjoy.

The course will be conducted through a combination of email, video conference, and phone calls.  We’ll conduct the course over video conference and phone calls.

Digital Storytelling

 

 

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2LearnArabic is an online Arabic language school. The classes are held live in our innovative virtual classrooms using a smart application, and are taught exclusively by qualified, native speaking teachers. We offer one on one live interactive classes.

https://www.2learnarabic.com/about

 

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The mission of Fun Weird Science is to train K-12th grade students to be proficient in each component of S.T.E.A.M. through innovative instruction that will produce creative-minded and critical thinking participants in the global marketplace. They offer camps, kits, and virtual science experiences.

https://funweirdscience.com

 

What are your scholars doing this summer? What are some other suggestions you have for summer learning?

 

KDSL Global International Education Recruitment

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KDSL Global is a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.  We are excited to officially share our KDSL Global International Education Recruitment division, which will focus on partnering with school groups and education organizations around the world to meet their talent needs. Our diverse team have all worked in the international education space for 20+ years and have completed executive searches, teacher recruitment, and filled consultant needs on education projects around the world. This will be led by Ann Little.

 

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With over 25 years’ experience, Ann Little is passionate about making a difference globally within the education and leadership field. She is a versatile professional with an extensive background and expertise in strategic planning, change management, education reform projects, leadership development, training, recruitment, special education, and inclusion.

Ann began her career as a special education inclusion teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education from Hiram College, Ohio. In 2009 she wanted to expand her knowledge and interests by studying abroad and in 2010 earned a Master of Arts degree in Education Leadership & Management from the University of Roehampton in London, United Kingdom. She is a licensed teacher in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

After earning her master’s degree Ann went on to work with two international school start-ups in the Middle East and three large scale education reform projects in SE Asia focusing on leadership development, strategic planning, recruitment,   building capacity, improving teaching pedagogy and inclusion practices. Prior to this, she led a large-scale special education literacy project in Hillsborough County, Florida with the 8th largest school district in the United States. Under her leadership, the project grew to provide services to over 5,000 special education students in 100+ schools.

Ann is both a visionary and transformational leader who has proven her ability to succeed in driving change through school transformation projects with diverse populations at an international level. She is committed to improving opportunities for students everywhere to access quality education. She brings her ability to work and relate effectively across international cultures to recruitment, leadership, and special education projects.