Abdul-Qawiy Fashola; winner of the University of Lagos Teaching Competition 3.0, in an interview with AISHA SARUMI explained how the UNILAG chapter of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) helped him build experience that yielded his success at the competition.
MAY WE MEET YOU SIR?
I am Fashola Abdul-Qowiy Abiodun (FASHFOCUS). A 200-level student of the Faculty of Education, department of Science and Technology Education (Chemistry Education), University of Lagos. I am an indigene of Lagos State, Ikeja Local Government.
IS TEACHING YOUR EARLY LIFE AMBITION?
I would say no because you know that the dream of every young learner is to become a doctor, a lawyer and the likes and mine was to become a doctor. Although, I taught at different schools and tutorials and all these aided my zeal to opt for Chemistry Education when I was not admitted for medicine.
WHAT STRATEGIES HELPED YOU TO WIN THE COMPETITION?
I don’t know what made me win, but one thing am certain of when teaching is that I love to connect science, technology and the society together. I also made sure that the teaching was an interactive one in order to aid a retentive memory of the lesson and by this, the students are able to learn at the same pace.
KINDLY SHARE WITH US YOUR GOAL IN LIFE
My goal in life is to be the best teacher of my time and helping the less privileged students who are ready to learn.
WHO ARE YOU INDEBTED TO?
I am indebted to Almighty Allah for His blessings and mercies upon me. Also, to my mother for supporting me and to all my students.
In addition, I am really indebted to the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria(MSSN) UNILAG chapter which really had great impacts in my life and without them, I would not have won the competition.
I want to use this medium to urge the management of UNILAG to resuscitate MSSN back on campus because of their unlimited positive impacts on students’ Academic, Moral and Spiritual Excellence.
Also not to be forgotten on the list of my indebtedness are brother Abdur-Rasheed Adeoye (Amir,MSSN14/15), Lawal Ridwan(Laride decor), Mafe Omotayo(Babtee), my classmates, fellow NULASSITES, my teachers and every other person that impacted in my success one way or the other.
WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING SHOT AND ADVICE TO OTHERS?
In the words of my old-time friend Qomorudeen Implacable ,he said “Let your passion be your profession” and my advice to all teacher training institutes is to include sociology of science teaching and that of the respective fields in the curriculum of science teachers education.