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10 Questions About Social Media Marketing for Schools Answered

Social media marketing for schools is a big deal and it is pretty tough. When you go online you will see schools competing for social media recognition. The highly active social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google are all available for schools to leverage to gain brand recognition. Most schools are understaffed and do not have a budget for social strategy. As a matter of fact, in our social media survey of 100+ schools, we found that one-third of schools don't have any social media budget, and another one-third don't know how much to spend. Additionally, only 5% of respondents have social media marketing as a full-time job, and 68% dedicate five hours or less per week to social media marketing. Now you know that you are not alone. Many schools like yours are in the same boat. However, there are many of your competitors who know the benefit of social media marketing to their business and have a strong budget for it. We know how difficult …

Students To Win N2 Million In 2018 Cowbell Maths Competition

Registration for the 2018 edition of Cowbellpedia Mathematics Television Quiz Show is on. Private and public schools are advised to register their best students in Junior and Secondary classes to participate in the annual competition.
The organizers of the competition, Promasidor Nigeria Limited announced at the flag-off an increase in the star prize to N2 million from N1 million last year. There are also other added prizes and incentives.

80% Of Teachers in Nasarawa Are Incompetent - Gov Al-Makura Says

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has disclosed that over 80% of teachers in Nasarawa State, are incompetent to teach in public schools in the state.
The governor made this known on Monday at the opening ceremony of two days curriculum review for Colleges of Education, at the hall 14 of College of Education, Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

Bedtime Stories Series: Ginger And The Six Cats

It was a lovely day in the meadow and all of ginger’s six brothers and sisters were playing in the meadow’s freshly grown grass.
All of her brothers and sisters were grey, but Ginger was gold colour with orange stripes. Gingers brother’s and sister’s names were; Gray, Tom, Linx, Victoria, Petunia, and Polly. Ginger’s brothers and sisters teased her because she had ginger-coloured fur and they all had grey coloured fur. This made Ginger sad. Usually, on days like this, Ginger’s brothers and sisters wouldn’t let her play. So ginger would sit underneath a tree in the shade while she watched her brothers and sisters play in the beautiful warm meadow.

Senate Calls For Private Sector Participation To Salvage Education Sector

The Senate Joint Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) and Health on Monday in Abuja called for increased private sector participation in the education sector.
Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko made the call during a public hearing to investigate the outbreak of epidemic which affected 39 students and led to the death of three students of Queens College, Lagos in 2017.

FG To Declare State Of Emergency In Education In April

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, has said that the Federal Government would declare a state of emergency in the education sector in April.
He made this known on Monday, January 29, 2018, when he received Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger and some members of his cabinet at the Federal Ministry of Education Headquarters in Abuja.

#MySchoolVisit: A Look At Brownsville College Ikoyi

If you are looking for a disciplined and focused learning community then Brownsville College is the institution for you.
Brownsville was established to deliver a first-class education and prepare students for the future and this is evident in the crop of staff carefully selected to give the best to every child on the go.

Gov. Ajimobi Suspends Training Over Death Of 3 School Principals

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has ordered the suspension of the ongoing capacity building workshop for members of the state’s School Governing Boards in honour of the four participants and a commercial bus driver who died in an accident on Oyo-Ogbomoso Road, last Wednesday.

Private School In Lagos Rewards Staff With Plots Of Land And N1 Million Award

To boost teachers’ morale and reward loyalty, Mind Builders School, Lagos, has rewarded four of its staff with plots of land in the Mowe area of Ogun State.

6 Factors That Strongly Affect Your School’s Enrolment Growth

Education is key to an individual’s future economic success and well-being. Therefore, it is a concern for parents when students drop out of school. The schools, however, have a different kind of worry when students withdraw from their school. Students withdrawal translates to low enrolment growth and low revenue.

Field Trips Are a Must. Here Is Why...

For some people, a major influence on their career choice could be traced to a group project, a special speaker, or a field trip back to school. These events have ways of sparking passion and curiosity within students.
What memories do you have from school? What caused you to be who you are today? Did an encounter you had outside school or even in a special forum held in school push you to learn more about a topic? For some people, the answers to these questions lies a sweet tale that lingers in their present-day lives.

Imaad Schools Lekki Begins Entry Examinations For 2018/2019 Session (DETAILS)

This post is sponsored by DucoBrands.

Imaad Schools, an Islamic school in Lekki Lagos is holding the first batch of Entrance Exam for the 2017/2018 session this Saturday, January 27, 2018. Time is 10am.
At Imaad schools, children play and learn in a warm, caring environment. They respect children’s dignity and independence and promote the concepts of personal responsibility and co-operation. 

Bedtime Stories Series: The Fairy Pool

Hannah woke again from yet another bad dream. She sat up in her bed crying until her grandmother came in to hold her close.
“I am here, it will be alright. The fairies will keep you safe.”
“What fairies Grandma,” Hannah asked.
“The ones that live in the pool in the woods. They have been there before I was a little girl.”

South Korea To Handover $15 Million School To FCT Administration, Resumes September

South Korea will next month donate the Korea/Nigeria Model School built at the cost of $15 million to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The FCTA Education Secretary, Senator Isa Maina, who disclosed this recently at the opening ceremony of a seven-day training for 150 teachers and administrators to run the school built in partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), lauded the school’s standard.

Checklist For Choosing The Best School For Your Child (CLICK)

Choosing a school for your child needs careful planning. All parents want the best for their kids and go the extra mile to acquire it. Every academic effort in the early years influences the child's outcome in future. Because this is so important, we have created a checklist to choose a school that will make the educational experience for your child and you very rewarding.
Write down the things that are most important to you as you consider the choice of school for your child. You are free to add to and revise your list as you go.

Am I Having A Boy Or Girl? Fun Ways to Tell!

The suspense is torturous: am I having a boy or a girl? An ultrasound technician can tell you, but they can be wrong. Until the Big Reveal, here are some entertaining, sometimes weird ways to predict your baby's sex.
Highs and Lows This one you can do just by looking south: if you're carrying high, break out the pink. If your bump is low, you're carrying a boy.

#MySchoolVisit: A Look At Atlantic Bay Preparatory School (PHOTOS)

From the moment we stepped into the premises of Atlantic Bay Preparatory School, we could tell that excellence is their watchword. The ambiance evoked feelings of inspiration and imagination. 
Atlantic Bay employs diverse learning approaches from Montessori methods and principles to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to British National Curriculum and the Nigerian social studies and culture. 

14 Common Tips To Build A Teacher-Parent Relationship

At the beginning of every school year, you will start to build up relationships with your new students. Also important is laying the foundation for your relationship with their parents.
An open communication channel between the classroom and home is of great benefit to the students, and parents are key members of the school’s education team.

Private School Owners Receive Training To End Illegal Taxation

To end the problem of multiple and illegal taxation in Lagos State, Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria (DEEPEN), an innovative programme of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), has educated private school owners, business development service providers, as well as media and civil society organisations on how to promptly and efficiently pay their taxes to authorities without being tricked.

Principal, Teachers Suspended Over (Viral) Flogging Of Students In Nasarawa (PHOTOS)

The principal of Government Science Secondary School, Nasarawa-Eggon, and three other officials have been suspended for one month for meting out corporal punishment to some students.


The state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Tijjani Ahmed, who confirmed this on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Lafia, said the state government had banned corporal punishments in public schools across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.

Football Legend, Didier Drogba Gives Back, Opens School In Ivory Coast

Football legend, Didier Drogba has given back to his country by opening a school in the rural cocoa growing community of Pokou-Kouamekro to gain quality education. The nursery and primary school is the brainchild of the Didier Drogba Foundation.

Schools Shut Down Over Lassa Fever Outbreak In Ebonyi

The Ebonyi Government on Thursday, January 18, 2018 ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state to check the spread of Lassa Fever that broke out in the state recently.
John Eke, the Commissioner for Education, told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview in Abakaliki, that the closure was part of proactive steps taken to contain the spread of the disease in the state.

School Children Make Donation To Nigerian Soldiers Fighting Boko Haram

Students of Children International School (CIS) in Lagos on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, donated 3,000 bags of sanitary kits to Nigerian soldiers fighting the insurgency in the North-East.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items comprised of recharge cards, toilet rolls, beverages, toothpaste and toothbrushes as well as “Thank You Cards”.

7 Digital Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

It is common knowledge that digital advertising is fast moving, as a result, we tend to move on to the next big thing and not take a moment to assess past failures and lessons. Consciously developing an awareness and understanding of mistakes and failures of the past is the ideal approach to set the stage for future successes.

Bedtime Stories Series: Mommy

In a splendid castle on the ocean shore there lived a King. The poor man had lost his Queen in childbirth, just as she had given life to their first-born daughter, Princess Selena. Following that miserable day, the King would not let his little daughter, Selena, out of his sight, for he knew he would not be able to live with himself if anything happened to her, too.

Important Questions You Should Ask At A University Fair

When it comes to picking which universities to apply to, there’s no better way to get a feel for whether an institution is right for you than attending an open day or visiting the university in person. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. It might be your preferred universities are abroad and too difficult to visit, or you’re unable to find time to travel and visit. Whatever the reason, your next-best option is to attend a university fair near you.

Students To Win 1 Million In 'Farming is Cool' Competition (DETAILS)

As part of its goal to see a generational shift in agriculture on the continent, the African Development Bank has taken its 'Farming is Cool' initiative to school children in Nigeria.
The Bank has also launched a Junior Art Contest in Nigeria to promote the potential of agriculture to secondary school children.
Africa is hoping to feed itself and to eradicate malnutrition by 2025, but the average age of farmers on the continent is currently 60 years.

Ambode Harps on Capacity Building to Boost Teaching, Learning

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed confidence about the rapid infrastructure growth and strategies of the state, saying that this could only be sustained by corresponding capacity building to enhance teaching and learning.
Ambode, who made this known recently at the inauguration of the Girls’ Junior Model College, Agunfoye, Ikorodu, said the new school was to further drive the ‘Change Lagos’ initiative of his administration.

Kogi Plans Education Summit To Redeem Sector

The Kogi State Government is set to organise an education summit as part of activities to mark the two years in office of the current administration, which would serve as a feedback mechanism and agenda setting for the sector.
The Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya, made this known after an unscheduled monitoring and inspection of some schools in Lokoja.

#MySchoolVisit: A Look At Lagos Preparatory School (PHOTOS)

Lagos Preparatory School (LPS) is a school that needs no introduction. Its pre-school is one of the best in Lagos, and its academic standard is proving to be no less.
Founded in May 2002, LPS is the most highly accredited British international prep school in Nigeria. LPS is one of the most sought-after schools for children from 18 months to 14+ years.

The 6 Most Annoying Things Kids Do (by a mom)

by Rosemary Black

At a birthday party for one of the toddlers in my daughter's playgroup, Miranda, then 2, would have won the prize for unhappiest guest. It was a beautiful day; the other kids were running through the sprinkler and finger-painting. But Miranda spent the afternoon with her arms wrapped around my thigh, refusing to budge even for cake and ice cream.

Top 3 Schools That Have Produced Notable Nigerians

A strong academic foundation can help today’s students become leaders in various fields tomorrow. Students don’t have to attend the most expensive schools to build career success. The powerful men who run the top companies in the nation, our top politicians and founding fathers all attended a variety of schools.

How to Get Students to Effectively Participate in Class

Learning is more active than passive. Students participation makes the learning process more effective. Getting students participation in class is not only for sparking interest in the subject, it is also a way to evaluate understanding. As it is well known, active learning will deliver better results for your students, and it will also make the class more interesting for the teachers.

8 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten (it’s not what you think)

Is your child ready for kindergarten? It’s the first rung on the academic ladder, and sometimes parents wonder whether their children are primed for both the academics and the social interactions in a kindergarten classroom. At this stage, the two are woven so closely together, said Jack McCarthy, managing director AppleTree Institute For Education. “It’s like saying, ‘What’s more important, hydrogen or oxygen?’ ” McCarthy said.

Great Food Ideas To Keep Your Child Alert In School

As children and teens everywhere worry about which outfit to wear for school, parents have another thing on their minds. How can you fuel your child throughout the day to keep their mind and body sharp? Nutrients such as complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, and antioxidants, can help to boost your child’s energy level and brainpower. And the good news is that these nutrients don’t have to be hard to fit in. In fact, they can even taste delicious!

Is Your Handwriting Not So Good? Here's How You Can Improve It

Have you ever scored low on a test despite that perfect answer just because the teacher found someone else’s handwriting more ‘legible’? Have you ever gaped and wondered at a friend’s beautifully crafted angelic alphabets? Ever looked and frowned at your notes, trying to recognize the indistinguishable ‘m’ and ‘n’? Well, let’s admit as kids almost each one of us has had the woes of poor handwriting. We have been told innumerable times about (even been scolded and rebuked for) our careless and shabby writing!

Bedtime Stories Series: Jeffery The Goose

One day Jeffery and some of his friends had sneaked out of their pen and were quite happily eating grass on the river bank, when two huge dogs who were out for a walk with their master, came charging toward the geese at a tremendous speed. They were going so fast that they slipped on the dew-covered grass and skidded straight into the river scattering the geese as they went. As they hit the river a duck shot straight up in the air and flew out into the centre of the river landing in the water trying hard not to show his disgrace at being caught off guard.

9 Signs Your Website Needs Revamping, Now!

20 years ago, by simply having a website you were on top of your game. But in contemporary times, having a website is not just enough, your website must be highly dynamic, aesthetically appealing, easy-to-use, and responsive.
Think of your school’s website as your first impression to prospects. If done right, it could be your 24/7 salesperson.
While researching for schools, your prospects will check your website alongside that of your competitors before they reach out to you for enquiries. Your website should be compelling to move them to a call-to-action.
According to Stanford University, 75% of people judge the credibility of a company based on the design of its website. Your website is a strong selling point for your school.
Redesigning your website requires a lot of work and expertise. It is advised to hire a professional to do the job as your website is pivotal in reaching your school’s marketing goals.
No matter how much you spent to build your website, as times goes by, that top-not…

Bauchi Allocates 18.8% To Education In 2018 Budget

The Bauchi State Government has allocated 18.8% which amount to N31,579 696,627 to the education sector in the 2018 proposed budget of N167,957,420 800. 
This was disclosed by the permanent secretary of the State Planning Commission, Yahuza Adamu Haruna at a ministerial media briefing on 2018 budget.
The permanent secretary said 2018 budget was basically focused on the six priority areas of the present administration which are health, agriculture, education, sanitation and water supply, youth and women empowerment and infrastructural development.

What "Introvert" and "Extrovert" Really Mean, And Their Effects

Think about what an ideal evening for you might look like. Do you imagine yourself going out for dinner with a large group of friends, attending a concert, or going to a club? Or would you prefer to spend the evening catching up with a close friend or getting lost in a good book? Psychologists consider our responses to questions such as these out levels of introversion and extroversion: personality traits that relate to our preferences for how we interact with others.
Below, we'll discuss what introversion and extroversion are and how they impact our well-being.

9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child (by a mom)

I was trying to do two things at once—cook (in the kitchen) while deciphering some paperwork (in the next room). I'd been interrupted a thousand times with requests for snacks, shrieks over spilled paint water, questions about what squirrels like to eat, and arguments over whether clouds could be blue and flowers could be green. And did I mention that a ruptured disk in my back was throbbing even worse than my head?

30 Tips On How To Improve Your Memory

1. Associate the memory with the environment 
So if for example, a joke is learned in the presence of a particular smell, that same aroma may cue the memory for that joke. 
“More simply, when in an exam, I advise my students to visualize the place in which they were revising as a cue to memory,” says Andrew Johnson, memory specialist, and lecturer in psychology at Bournemouth University.

The 11 Best School Systems In The World

Every year, the World Economic Forum releases its Global Competitiveness Report on the state of the world's economies. 
The WEF looks at data on areas as varied as the soundness of banks to the sophistication of businesses in each country. It then uses the data to compile a picture of the economy of almost every country on earth.

Most Common SEO Myths Debunked

You have probably been hearing a lot about SEO in recent times. It has become one of the most widely talked about and highly sought-after skill sets in the digital sphere. 
A lot has been said about Search Engine Optimisation, and with all the chatter comes a lot of information being passed around – some accurate and some not accurate. 
Every digital marketer needs an in-depth understanding of SEO, because creating a successful strategy for your digital marketing is a lot dependent on making sense of SEO.

Ministry Of Education Set To Combat HIV/AIDS In Schools

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Society for Family Health (SFH), has presented a report that will help combat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the education sector.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu presented the report at the official dissemination of report of the impact evaluation of family life HIV/AIDS education in Abuja.

3 Winners Emerge in Mental Maths Contest

Winners have emerged in the mental mathematics competition organised for senior secondary one (SS1) and SS two students by Like the Stars Initiative, a non-governmental organisation with focus on mind development of the girl-child and educational advancement in the Niger Delta Region.The keenly contested competition saw Master Wisdom Onianwa of Faith Academy, Asaba emerge as the overall winner, while Miss Ikechukwu Paula Petra of Our Ladies of Nigeria Secondary School, Oghara came second. Odize Goodness of Challenge Academy, Udu came third at the finals which held at Government College, Ughelli.Speaking at the just concluded competition organised in partnership with the Delta State Ministry of Education, the Executive Director of the organisation, Miss Dele Dudusola said the competition was designed to help students show their brain power, unleash hidden skills, acquire good retentive memories and equip them for the increasingly competitive challenges of the 21st century, adding that …

Everything That Is Going To Happen This New Term...

Yes, we are excited about the new term and we are looking forward to bringing you more reviews and news. SchoolCrayon.com is dedicated to helping all parents get a quality education for their children. We believe that every parent, regardless of social or financial status, needs reliable information in order to ensure their child is being served by their school.We will use our platform to display a variety of indicators of school quality to provide a well-rounded picture of how effectively each school serves all of its students. Our ratings are intended to provide a better understanding of school quality and to help parents compare schools of the same kind and within the same vicinity.

For Teachers: 4 Easy Ways To Reduce Stress In Students This New Term

After a holiday, the ability to adapt back to school life may be difficult for some children and parents alike. Change is not always easy. Change of routines from a fun and laid-back holiday to waking up early in the morning, commuting to school, homework, and rules can be burdensome.While some students get back into the habit with ease, others need little preparation and the right attitude to make a smooth transition.According to Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a clinical psychologist, it is normal for a child to have a little flutter of anxiety about going back to school. After all, they’re getting themselves ready for a lot of newnesses: a teacher, classmates, tasks, and challenges.How do you get students to acclimatise to the new term without stress? Research is starting to indicate conclusively that the answer to this question can profoundly affect the process of learning that happens inside your class or school.Students who show anxiety about their learning, their capacities, and their ho…

Bedtime Stories Series: Joe and Friends

Joe liked hikes. And this one was going to be really cool. Ted, his best pal was here. Other friends included Martin, Greg and Josh. Mr. Maxwell was the group church leader. And his assistant Larry was also Joe’s big Brother.They all crawled into the Safari Wagon. Each kid tumbled around until they found a soft spot. The ride would take a half hour. Destination: an underground cave.“It’s closed up now but a great trail goes right by it,” Mr. Maxwell explained. He also asked everyone not to stand too close to the old entrance. “Rock slides happen all the time,” he said.

5 Proven Ways To Increase Your School Enrolment By 20%

Does your school have the capacity to enrol more students? Have your efforts to increase your school enrollment proved abortive? This blog is focused on practical (and proven) ways to increase your school enrollment by 20%. 
Many private and independent schools are faced with a common issue - decline in student enrollment year after year. And research findings have projected enrollment to decrease by 6 percent by 2025.

Edo Schools To Commence New Skills-Based Curriculum

Three hundred schools in the basic education sub-sector have been selected for the implementation of the Edo State’s new skills-oriented curriculum that will leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT).The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who said this in his New Year broadcast, explained that his administration was set to implement the reforms in the educational sector starting with a pilot that includes 300 basic schools.