The counselling unit at our secondary school in Lagos plays a vital role in boosting student achievement, self-esteem, and help students overcome learning barriers. The counselling unit consists of three trained professional counsellors who are kind, friendly and approachable.
The counsellors are ready to attend to the students educational, vocational and personal social aspects of life. There is also a school counsellor in the hostel who monitors the students academically and attends to their emotional needs.
The counsellors work on students career readiness and expose them to the prospects of various professions through the career guidance. In addition the school organises Career day programme during which different professionals in various fields enlighten the students about the prerequisite for various careers they intend to study in the higher institution.
The students are exposed to a two (2) weeks training in an organization relevant to their choice of careers called the ‘SOEP’ (SUPERVISED OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCED PROGRAMME). They learn the basic requirement for their choice of career as well as have practical experience. This programme is supervised by the school counsellors.
The students are prepared for life outside the four walls of the classroom through “mentoring session’’, ‘’thoughts for the week’’ to instill in them the value of citizenship and a sense of accomplishment. We also promote self-confidence, self discipline and pay keen attention to detailed traits they need in their adult life.
The students do weekly assessment to make them develop the habit of studying always and not wait till examination time. The first three students in each class are recognized on the school assembly and the last three in each class are also monitored by the school counsellors. The students are closely monitored in this regard and remedial lessons are organized for them at no cost to parents.
Various leadership seminars are also organized for the students in and outside the school. The SS2 students are exposed to leadership training at the Citizenship and leadership training centre (SEA SCHOOL) Apapa, Lagos.
‘’My greatest reward is seeing a student who has struggled in the past to have a ‘light bulb’ moment where they realize what they need to change in order to take responsibility for their own success’’ Durr says.