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Silent tears in the classroom

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For the attention of parents, teachers, child minders, school administrators.

*…from a whatsap group

Silent Tears in the Classroom*

Anytime it’s school time I *get sad*.
Yes I mean sad not because I don’t like school but because *I feel I don’t belong there*.

My teachers say everyone is better than me because they get better grades in tests and exams.

*My teachers* always compare me with others but how can I dare tell them that am different from them.

*My teachers* always say I don’t do well even though they teach me well but how can I tell them that the *teaching method* they use *doesn’t favour me* even though it favours the majority.

How can I tell my teachers that *I just need motivation* not *condemnation*.

I wish I can be bold to tell my teachers that I have to be *understood not to be compared*.

My maths teacher says i am *good for nothing* because am not good in calculations.

My science teacher says *I am useless* because I always get low grades.

My English teachers say *I have no future* because I can’t express myself fluently *in the white man’s language*.

They seem to have forgotten that I am the one that *led the school soccer team to win that trophy*.

I am the same student that *always play those drums* to the admiration of all.

Sometimes when I ask *why they don’t consider what I do as important* they tell me *WAEC doesn’t ask those in examinations*.

*Tears* always fill me but I can’t pour them because no one understands me.

*My parents* can’t even understand me because *my teachers* make them believe *I’m good for nothing*.

I thought my parents will tell them that *I repair all the electrical appliances in the house without any training*.

*Who will hear me now* because *i and many* who are like me *are being destroyed*

*Who will help tell them* that even though we might *not be able to get the certificate*, we have *great talents?*.

Who will help tell teachers that they should not force their dreams on us but *guide us to nurture our God given talents*?

*Who will hear our cry?*

I am one of the voices of the *many silent voices in the class*.

If you are struggling or facing a lot of difficulties in life, pause and read this
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“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma

We’ve all been there, life is not fair, mistakes happen, life happen but we are still standing. Sometimes, we feel like just throwing in the towel because we think life is meaningless and our effort are worthless, trust me, I’ve been there. The trials, the mistakes, working in between jobs, the demands of family, the stress of relationship (its happens sometimes), life can be so frustrating, but amidst the frustration and trials, amid all the setbacks and heartbreaks, life is beautiful.

Take time and reflect on these quotes:

Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default. – J.K. Rowling
Failure is part of life, it’s a sign that we are working, if we learn from it and grow, we will experience the true meaning of success. So don’t be afraid of failure because You won’t truly understand success, if you have not tasted failure.
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar
Nobody was born a failure, it’s our choices that define who we are as we grow up. If you are a college graduate and you are still in search of employment, while searching, learn a new skill, don’t just be contented with submitting application letters develop yourself and be ready to be the best.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller
If you want to achieve success, you have to prepare for it, preparation takes time, it’s not a one-day exercise, it’s a lifetime opportunity. What will inspire you to prepare and work hard is your hope and confidence. Nothing can be achieve without these two, find them and be successful.
You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and falling over. – Richard Branson
You will crawl, you will stumble, but you have to keep doing, it by doing and falling that you will be able to stand.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. – Oprah Winfrey
Take this moment as yours and define a new path for yourself, you may stumble, you may fail, but as long as you keep pushing you will succeed.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. – Maya Angelou
You are good at something, that thing is called “talent” make it your passion, love it, develop it, work on it and you will earn from it.

Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. Every minute needs to count. – Gary Vaynerchuk
Apply the smart work strategy not hard work. have a time schedule for all your activities including having fun and make every minutes counts.

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. – Warren Buffett
So focus on doing what you love, even if you make mistakes don’t give, try and try again.

Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then. – Diana Ross
Instead of crying about yesterday or what you have lost, set a target and plan on changing tomorrow, yesterday is gone and you can’t do anything about it.

10.To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the “what is next”, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here. – Mark Twain

Always keep a detailed plan “What next is a good way to start” When you finish with a task continue with “what next” until you reach your goal.

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Nigerian fintech Lidya raises $6.9m in Series-A round led by Omidyar Network [Updated]By Staff Reporter on 24 May, 2018
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Nigerian fintech startup Lidya has announced that it has raised $6.9-million in a Series A round led by Silicon Valley-based philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network.

The startup’s platform assists small African businesses to manage their funds as well as access credit. The startup was founded in 2016 by Tunde Kehinde, and Ercin Eksin.

In an announcement in a statement yesterday (23 May) Lidya said the funding will be used to scale operations in Nigeria, as well as to launch in new markets in Africa, in addition to hiring more staff and expanding the company’s loan book.

A total of five investors: Alitheia Capital, Accion Venture Lab, Bamboo Capital Partners, Newid Capital, and Tekton Ventures also participated in the round which saw Omidyar Network investment principal Ameya Upadhyay joining Lidya’s board.

Lidya plans to use the funding to scale in Nigeria, hire more staff, expand its loan book , and launch into new markets in Africa,
“We are excited by the overwhelming support from the investor community, which signals a great confidence in our business model and team,” said Eksin.

Upadhyay said the startup — through its algorithms which analyse data from small businesses to assess creditworthiness — was able to provide flexible and affordable credit, which he said is “at the crux of unlocking growth” for small and medium sized businesses.

“This data-driven approach allows the company to offer loans without the need of hard collateral, a requirement that has scuttled MSME (micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises) financing in Africa,” said Upadhyay.

Since its launch, Lidya claims it has provided over 1500 loans to business operating in retail, farming, tech, hospitality, and logistics.

Last year, the startup — which is a participant of the MasterCard Start Path Programme — raised $1.25-million in a seed round led by Accion Venture Lab.

Editor’s note (30 May 2018): Subsequent to the publication of this article, Ameya Upadhyay, investment principal at Omidyar Network, responded to Ventureburn’s request for comment on the deal, saying it is the funder’s policy not to disclose equity stake or size of individual investments, “as we consider that proprietary information”.

When asked how the deal had come about, Upadhyay said the funder had known Lidya “for more than one and a half years” and have been following the progress of the company since its inception.

“Beyond a solid, experienced team, who has deep knowledge of the local context and challenges, we were also very excited by the traction of the company in the market, even at this early stage,” he added in an email to Ventureburn.

Featured image (left to right): Lidya founders Ercin Eksin and Tunde Kehinde (Supplied)

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Federal Government Scholarship Award 2018/2019 Form is Out

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Jun 15, 2018 3:35 AM

Commonwealth Scholarship 2018

The Federal Government Scholarship Award 2018/2019 Form is Out and the application form are available online at www.education.gov.ng and can be completed and printed by prospective candidates for endorsement by their HOD and Registrars of your institutions. Federal Ministry of Education hereby invites applications from qualified Nigerian Students in Nigerian Public tertiary institutions to participate in the 2018/2019 selection interviews for scholarship awards tenable in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

Eligibility Criteria
University Undergraduate:

  • All applicants must be full-time students in their second year of study and above in Federal or State Universities, they must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 on a 5.0 point scale or its equivalent in the previous academic year’s examinations.

Higher National Dilploma (HND):

  • All applicants must be full-time students in their second year of study in any of the Federal or State Polytechnics or Monotechnics, they must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 4 scale or its equivalent in the previous academic year’s examinations.

Nigerian Certificate in Eeducation (NCE):

  • All applicants must be full-time students in their second year of study and above in any Federal or State Colleges of Education and they must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 4 point scale, or its equivalent in the previous academic year’s examinations.

Postgraduate Scholarship:

  • Applicants must be registered full-time students of Federal or State universities and must have a minimum of second class Honours (Upper Division) in their 1st Degree.

Interview Dates

  • Northern States: (North East, North West & North Central): 19th – 23rd March, 2018
  • Southern States: (South East, South West & South South): 26th – 30th March, 2018

Interview Venue:

  • Federal Unity Colleges in each State Capital including FCT.
  • Where there is no Unity School in the State Capital, candidates should contact: The Secretary, State Scholarship Board in that State.

Interview Schedule

Zone: North East – Date: 19th – 23rd March, 2018

Duration:

  • Universities – Monday/Tuesday
  • Polytechnics – Wednesday
  • Colleges of Education – Thursday
  • Collation – Friday
  • Departure – Saturday

Venue: Federal Government College in each State capital

Zone: North West – Date: 19th – 23rd March, 2018

Duration:

  • Universities – Monday/Tuesday
  • Polytechnics – Wednesday
  • Colleges of Education – Thursday
  • Collation – Friday
  • Departure – Saturday

Venue: Federal Government College in each State capital

Zone: North Central – Date: 19th – 23rd March, 2018

Duration:

  • Universities – Monday/Tuesday
  • Polytechnics – Wednesday
  • Colleges of Education – Thursday
  • Collation – Friday
  • Departure – Saturday

Venue: Federal Government College in each State capital

Zone: South East – Date: 26th – 30th March, 2018

Duration:

  • Universities – Monday/Tuesday
  • Polytechnics – Wednesday
  • Colleges of Education – Thursday
  • Collation – Friday
  • Departure – Saturday

Venue: Federal Government College in each State capital

Zone: South South – Date: 26th – 30th March, 2018

Duration:

  • Universities – Monday/Tuesday
  • Polytechnics – Wednesday
  • Colleges of Education – Thursday
  • Collation – Friday
  • Departure – Saturday

Venue: Federal Government College in each State capital

Zone: South West – Date: 26th – 30th March, 2018

Duration:

  • Universities – Monday/Tuesday
  • Polytechnics – Wednesday
  • Colleges of Education – Thursday
  • Collation – Friday
  • Departure – Saturday

Venue: Federal Government College in each State capital
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should
to Start Application Online.

Application Closing Date
18th March, 2018.

Application Instruction
Completed Application Forms should be printed (for endorsement by their HOD and Registrars of their institutions.) and submitted at the various interview centers alongside the following photocopies below:

  • Letter of admission to the institution
  • Current Course Registration Form
  • Student Identity Card
  • Last sessional CGPA result
  • Letter of identification from State/Local Government of origin
  • Two passport-size photographs with name fully written at the back

Furthermore:

  • All qualified candidates who have completed their prescribed application forms for the Nigerian Awards scholarship should attend selection interviews as scheduled
  • Application forms that are incorrect, incompletely filled or without the necessary documents will not be processed;
  • All Application forms must be duly signed and stamped by their HOD and Registrar

Candidates must attend interviews with the following:

  • Writing materials such as pen, HB pencil and eraser.
  • Originals of certificates for screening
  • Interview starts by 8.00a.m. Daily.
  • Candidates are advised to adhere strictly to the interview schedule.

All Correspondences should be addressed to:
The Director/Secretary,
Federal Scholarship Board
FME Annex, Opp. Arewa Suites
Central Business District
Abuja

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