In Nigeria, thousands of young people are addicted to codeine cough syrup – a medicine that’s become a street drug. The Nigerian senate estimates that 3 million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every day in just two states – Kano and Jigawa. But who makes this syrup? And who sells it to Nigeria’s students? BBC Africa Eye went undercover to investigate. Subscribe to our channel for more investigative journalism. Nothing stays hidden forever. Published by BBC News Africa on May 1, 2018. Continue reading BBC News Africa – Sweet Sweet Codeine
I’d like to thank Dhanya who blogs on Parenting Passage for contributing this infographic. As a parent, certain things can tick you off very fast. For example, toilet training. It is definitely not a walk in the park. It can easily dishearten you because it’s a tedious task that lasts a few weeks or a few months. This infographic will definitely make things less complicated for you! Here is how you can potty train your toddler in just 3 days: For a more detailed post on this infographic and other potty training tips, please visit Parenting Passage. Continue reading How To Potty Train In Three Days Without Losing Your Sanity
About a week ago, there was a story in the media about an 8-year-old boy in Abuja, Nigeria who allegedly committed suicide because he was losing a game he was playing with his siblings. According to one of the versions I read, the boy was said to have been playing a game with his siblings and got angry because he was loosing. He then went into the room, got a skipping rope and hung himself. The story went on to state that his younger siblings watched him hang himself but because they had seen it done on television a number … Continue reading In Case Of Emergency
Going by the news one hears of the various issues (drugs, depression, suicide, cyber-bullying…) our children are increasingly exposed to, the need to ensure that they are equipped to “do life” successfully is becoming more and more apparent. Beyond academics, parents and educators need to be more deliberate about empowering children, teenagers and young adults with core values & life skills that they need to safely and successfully navigate the different phases of life online and offline. In this free eBook (my very first – yayyyyy!!!) I share tips on how parents can start having age-appropriate conversations with their children … Continue reading Drugs & Substance Abuse – A Naija Parents Guide To Having The Talk
Wow! time sure flies!! 5 months into 2018 already. I can bet that at the start of the year many of us made resolutions, wrote our goals or simply wished for the things we hoped to achieve in 2018. Oftentimes we are very sincere about the goals we set but one thing that can thwart its realization is lack of self-discipline. This coupled with “screen addiction” leaves many of us very distracted with a trail of unrealized goals. Our RAVE core value focus for the month of May is Self Discipline and our Digizen focus is Screen Time Management. Self-discipline isn’t innate … Continue reading Let’s Talk Self-Discipline
“Curiosity killed the cat”. I can’t count how many times I heard that proverb as a child. It was either as a reprimand for trying to stick my nose in other peoples business or for asking questions that were considered well beyond my years. I can tell you though, that I heard it sufficiently to conclude that “it does not pay to be curious”. Taunts like “amebo” or “poky poky” further drove home that message. However the “last nail in the coffin” was when in a room full of 10/11-year-old, my science teacher who I guess must have been frustrated with … Continue reading Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?
When it comes to following trends, our tweens, teens and young adults are most vulnerable. 420 has over the years become a trend and that’s why we thought you should know! The liberal use of drugs by a number of our youth’s idols & role models (the rich & famous celebrities) makes the job of raising drug-free children more difficult for parents. The pressure to “belong” and feel grown up and independent is real and this sometimes drives our youths to make poor choices. Now that you know, we encourage you to open the conversation with your children or students. … Continue reading 420
Digital Intelligence (DQ) is the set of 8 must-have digital skills needed to use technology safely, responsibly, and effectively. A high DQ child is smart, responsible, and future-ready! High DQ is associated with safer digital use, higher academic achievement, and greater global awareness … Continue reading What’s Your DQ?
“Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.” Bill Hewlett It’s our Creativity and Innovation Month and we are super excited to share some of very inspiring stories with you of children and youths who are using their talents and skills to make an impact. RAVE has also decided to dedicate this month to celebrating Young Creators & Innovators. Thanks to social media, a host of youngsters have contributed to providing a palliative for depression and some other mental health issues through … Continue reading Inspiring Creativity & Innovation In Our Children
This is the first in our celebration of Young Creators & Innovators. You would be inspired by how young people are using their imagination, skills & talents to do amazing things. Today we celebrate Emmanuella 🎉. Her comedy skits are just what you need to laugh off the stress of the week and launch into the weekend. Remember… nurture your child’s creativity. RAVE Et Al works with parents, schools and government by providing relevant capacity building programs for children/teens and young adults in the area of values, life skills and digital citizenship education. Our programs equip the younger generation … Continue reading RAVE Celebrates Young Innovators & Creators – 01
We live in a fast-paced world and the ability to think creatively and innovate are key qualities for success. Nurturing our children’s curiosity by exposing them early to new experiences has proven to be a great stimulant for creativity. Our RAVE of the month is Creativity & Innovation and we would be sharing tips on encouraging our children to think outside the box and contemplating the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” and it’s relevance to innovation in this age. We would also delve into copyright & plagiarism issues as it affects creative works & intellectual property. Do you know any … Continue reading Creativity & Innovation
Dear Dad & Mum, As we come to the end of March and our focus on leadership and critical thinking, there are a few thoughts I’d like to share with our children on leadership and I’d really appreciate your help in passing these nuggets along to them. Seeing that you obviously know your children better I’m sure you’d do a great job in paraphrasing in a way that would make more meaning to them. Something also tells me that adding a few of your thoughts on the matter may make the whole experience more worthwhile. Oh and please do me … Continue reading RAVE on Leadership