Izuchukwu Okafor is an Anatomy lecturer and an African Union Doctoral scholar in Reproductive Biology at University of Ibadan. Izuchukwu is also a certified Clinical Embryologist (Momsoon Academy, India) and a project manager (PMI Pennsylvania). He has passion for education, science advocacy and community development and has initiated and carried out several community development projects in Nigeria which attracted many awards including ONE campaign nominee in 2019. Izuchukwu is currently the manager of the Lifeporte Educational project that has trained over 300 students and teachers in sciences since 2018 in Nigeria.
LifePorte Educational project
LifePorte Educational project implements several educational flagship projects geared towards science engagement and advocacy in Nigeria. These includes Science Advocacy for Youngsters (SAPFY) and Train-the-Trainers Workshop (TTTW).
Science Advocacy for Youngsters (SAPFY) exposes elementary and high school students to basic science experiments. Students are trained to be creative with scientific principles by doing it themselves. They are taught practical science in a fun way, hence facilitating the understanding of science, its usefulness for solving daily life problems, and its consideration as a career path. We also train them with other soft skills like scientific writing, public speaking and leadership.
On the other hand, the Train-the-Trainers Workshop (TTTW) is targeted at teachers of primary and secondary schools who will act as future trainers for their colleagues after being trained in areas of need including time management, class management, engaged learning, quality assessment and grading, innovative teaching and learning.
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