Uchechukwu Nnaike

As Brooke House School, Lekki prepares to open its doors to its pioneer pupils in the nursery and primary classes on September 18, the Managing Director, Mrs. Ifueko Thomas, has expressed her determination to run an inclusive system to address the issue of children with learning challenges.

She said the school would accept children with all kinds of learning difficulties and would support them by giving them special attention. “We are working in collaboration with the Faculty of Child Psychology, University of Lagos, where one of the doctors will be working with us so that if we have cases of children that are above the spectrum that we can handle, the professional will come in and they will come in from time to time to observe what we are doing.”

She said the Brooke House Learning Centre, which would run the crèche/playgroup, nursery and primary school programmes, encourages an eclectic curriculum that ensures the accommodation of each child’s individual learning preferences.

“Our lessons which will be founded on the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education Nine-year Basic Education Curriculum will incorporate aspects of the International Primary Curriculum; the Montessori programme; the High Scope programme; and the Reggio Emilia from Italy.”

Thomas said the school is committed to the highest standards of health, safety and care of the children, adding that its goal of promoting effective teaching practices leading to increased student learning and performance would place it in a unique position to provide an unmatched learning experience for the children, “while our emphasis on providing high quality opportunities for professional development for teachers will see us raise the bar for the entire child development space.”

She said the school would ensure that all students receive world-class education; ensure that the students have quality, committed and caring teachers; provide effective support and feedback for teachers so that they would continue to develop their knowledge base and skills and choose to remain in the profession.

According to her, with 12 classrooms, a library, a sickbay, an ICT room, a mini kitchen, three rooms for crèche, two play areas, a garden and other facilities, the pupils are expected to be inspired to greatness; renewed, full of life, cerebral and confident; become global citizens; be curious, eloquent, creative and innovative.

She added that the pupils would be made to be proud of their heritage, able to keep their identities and be broad minded; have relevant 21st century skills like digital age literacy, inventive thinking, social and personal skills and be result-oriented. They are also expected to have leadership qualities, team spirit and interactive communication skills.