EIE program's inner-city student becomes the first to graduate from Oxford under new female VC
Press Release (ePRNews.com) - OXFORD, England - Jun 04, 2016 - EIE program student, Miss Omotola Akerele, who welcomed First Lady Michelle Obama to Oxford and is the first person in her family to go to University, will graduate with a Master’s Degree from Oxford University today.
Omotola was a student of the Excellence in Education programme (@EIEProgramme) when she received an offer to study at the prestigious Magdalen College, and will graduate at the first ever ceremony conducted by the new Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.
Akerele, who became Head of Access Outreach at Magdalen College, will join thousands of students at the University of Oxford to receive notification of their degrees. Professor Chris Imafidon, and Miss Akerele were hosted to lunch by Dr Ralph Walker, Dean of Degrees at Oxford’s Magdalen College.
Omotola said that her experience in Oxford “was very enjoyable and student life in Oxford proved that there is nothing to scare any inner-city child of any age.”
EIE Chair, Professor Chris Imafidon (@ChrisImafidon) said, “What is taught in the traditional classroom is evidently failing to bring out the best out of any child. The disgraceful and embarrassing position of our children’s performance in every major league table and international comparisons is enough reason for us to be serious about implementing policies that will lead to actualisation of the fact that every child is a genius and there are millions of Omotolas that are being failed by the system, when EIE has already demonstrated the panacea to this endemic problem.”
“Omotola is one more evidence that with EIE’s inspiration and discoveries every inner-city child regardless of gender, class, creed, postcode, location or any other factors can comfortably make it to Oxford, Cambridge, Yale or Harvard and thrive or flourish for the good of the whole society.”
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Excellence in Education (EIE) is a non-profit, non-governmental international programme that works with schools, local groups, companies and charities interested in the educational development of students in inner-cities and any children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.Source : Hannah Rivers