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Making Safety Contagious!

Another year, another SAFEtagious event!

…and boom! #SAFEtagious2019 another success. To God who gives success, I say thank you Lord.

SAFEtagious is a yearly event I host every year during child safety week, to bring families and schools together, to learn, bond and discuss all things child and school safety. SAFEtagious is gotten from the words SAFETY and CONTAGIOUS.

The secret aim really, is to make safety so contagious that we really never find a cure. We want it to spread like a virus, hence why we say SPREAD THE BUG when we share about the event on social media.

Usually, Safety is seen as something over the top. Something for just high risk industries. Something people want but mostly never want to do the required. Just keep me safe. But guess what? You can’t rely on others to keep you safe. It starts with you!

This year, SAFEtagious took place exactly 2 weeks ago, on 8th June, 2019.

Last year, I didn’t make it to Nigeria but this year, I just had to be there. I didn’t make an announcement since I knew many were wondering and I didn’t want to give any confirmations. My aim really, was to discover who would attend regardless of whether Prof was around or not. Who would support me regardless of whether I flew down or not. Even if it meant I was risking having less attendees. So thanks to those who turned up, especially. Big kiss!

SAFEtagious isn’t about me. SAFEtagious isn’t me. Yes I am possibly the face behind it but it is beyond me.

I hate flying so just know it took alot to fly down to Nigeria. 6 hours suspended in the sky is no joke 😅. I just can’t stay calm. I am practically the only one usually shouting Jesus at the slight sign of turbulence.

The Theme: Get your THRIVE on

Prof how do you get these themes?!😂

Last year’s was Sweat the SMALL stuff! How I came to choose these themes remains a mystery. I think of what I want to achieve. I think of a few words that will probably define it better and boom! The theme just falls upon me. Guess what? The themes usually make so much sense, hence why I know God has got His perfect hands in this.

So what does it mean to get your thrive on. Thrive is a big word in today’s times. To thrive means to excel, to succeed greatly, to be prosperous, to bloom, to grow etc. Everyone want to thrive in every area of their life. Fact.

Families and schools deserve to thrive too. But how can they thrive if Safety is non-existent? Can you truly groom a child who is unsafe or feels unsafe and unwell?

Can you claim to be a safe school if you do not consider nor implement safety as a kept part of your day to day operation?

So yes we decided to share with schools how they can thrive using health and safety principles. We also wanted families to know and understand the role they played in having a safe school for their children.

And so, we appointed 6 speakers and our awesome host Bimbo Olasope to do this theme and event justice! Bimbo Olasope made it fun and kept us active especially with fast fingers 😅. It wasn’t part of my plan with her, so know that I was shocked but of course, impressed.

The Speakers

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Some have questioned why we never invite government officials to speak or grace the events. My response is always laughter. Who? 😂🤣. Aren’t they humans? Why do I have to kill my values and vision to have them at my event, to make it appear more or like I strongly believe, less than it actually is?

Well, we chose 6 speakers. Choosing them was easy. I needed people who could use their real life experiences to enlighten the audience on key safety trends. These were people I either had noticed and observed in social media, had worked with them before or had built a rapport with them over time on social media and in real life.

Belinda Aderonke Odeneye spoke on Safety and Sanitation culture in schools, showing us practical ways to tackle hygiene issues, and keep safe everyday.

Akinfosile Dare Joseph spoke on emergency management with focus on the basic principles of crisis response, a much needed topic as many who try to help in an emergency, often do so with good intentions but could be a great source of frustration to successful emergency management and response. A great example of impact not being intention.

Ugochi Obidiegwu spoke in safety consciousness starting with us as bindividuals, taking us through simple, practical and effective ways to share safety information.

Bilkisu Kamadi traveled from Abuja to share with us, her journey and experience with depression from childhood, and how she was able to cope and live a fulfilling life.

Julie Mogbo came back this year to share how tight bonds and understanding between families and schools, can help keep schools and children safer together. One thing that stuck with me, is how the Nigerian “respect” culture could be putting children at risk.

Simisola Dabiri of Saffron Social Development Group who did a great job representing Ms Yemi Ebulu-Eyuruntari, and speaking on safeguarding and child protection issues.

Fun was had!

Oh yes! It wasn’t all work and no play! We rounded off with a raffle draw for attendees to win one of the 10 exciting gifts! Up for grabs were:

– free first aid training (value N150,000)
– Safe Schools signature 3-hour Health & Safety Essentials training for your team (value N120,000)
– 1 year free access to The Total School Revolution priced at £75 (N36,000)
– a fully stocked first aid box
– a copy of our Health and Safety Induction framework (value N25,000)
– 1 powder fire extinguisher
– 1 CO2 fire extinguisher
– a fire safety sign pack which includes an exit sign, fire notice and muster point sign
– a copy of my book The Making of A Total School
– one of the school safety starter kits.

Awesome right?! Next year, we will give bigger and better gifts.

See below pictures of some of the awesome winners!

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First prize winner – Free First Aid Training for her team!

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Winner of the fire safety sign pack

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She won a copy of my book!

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Winner of the Health and Safety Training for his team

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Winner of the First Aid kit

So, what next?

I got asked this question by some attendees and a couple of the speakers. What a question!

With me being thousands of miles away and with closing my Lagos office… ooops! You didn’t know?

If you didn’t hear, Safe Schools is moving 80% online😁. Yes most of our services will be provided online with monthly free or low-cost live workshops held in different locations in Nigeria. What we call The Total School Revolution. Every month, we will announce the location, topic and any other details so do join our newsletter or Facebook group.

But first, let’s discuss what the next step is for us – SAFEtober

SAFEtober

Last year, we shared 10 simple things schools to partake in, to get them actioning safety. It worked!

SAFEtober is the International School Safety Month held every October where we share safety information and support schools to take a step towards safety. This year’s is the 2nd edition.

The theme this year is Safety in Unity. Unfortunately, Safe Schools’ website was hacked and we lost all the information in it. But time is of the essence and we are working on getting it back up fast, as well as a page for SAFEtober! I will be writing and sharing on it soon. So stay tuned 😁

Grateful…

To God and family. Without you, SAFEtagious would remain an imagination 🤦‍♀️

Huge thanks to SEED Olanrewaju Oniyitan and her schools, I say thank you for always supporting and turning up!

To All Naija Schools, thank you for partnering with us and your service this year.

To Afrisafe HSE Nations ahhh thank you! Was so happy to see the man himself Da-silva Femi. Our adopted brother and forever padi. Thank you much!!!

Special love to my sister Hauwa Sodeinde. Was so happy to finally meet you. Big hug sister girl!

Not forgetting the unseen workers – cleaners, security, sound, control room…. Thank you! Your work meant so much. Without you, I’m certain we would all have experienced an embarrassing level of discomfort. So we say thank you for all you do behind the scenes.

For those who couldn’t make it, I totally understand. Besides, we have many more years of #SAFEtagious events to come. We still have lots of time to rock it together.

Super grateful to my event planner extraordinaire (Pushofa Concept), husband man and my volunteers – family (Osagie, Adetola, Ebhu, Eky, Isedehi, Stephen, Ayo, Emmanuel and Alexander), Martha-Clare, Mary, Favour, Blessing, Preye, Obinna, Wunmi, Tuoyo, First Aid Services Nigeria…. Thank you for your sacrifice and service. Certainly not taken for granted.

Have you got ideas for next year’s event? Then do contact me or leave a comment.

See you next year. 6th June, 2020! Don’t forget to watch the short clip from this year’s event and view the photos below!

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My love and first son

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Cross section of our attendees listening to the first speaker Aderonke Odeneye

My visitors from Abuja

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With Martha-Clare my soft speaking and awesome friend

Say hi to grumpy kids😂. Skilled at spoiling photos. Cute baby there is my awesome nephew aka my first son

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The awesome SAFEtagious 2019 Team! Thank you all! Hope to see you again next year!

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With Julie Mogbo, the most fabulous and kindest Nurse I have ever met

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One of our awesome volunteers Wunmi with her children

More photos will be shared on our official website and Facebook page.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think!

Peace out,

Professor Ike

Praise for my work

Olubusola

A big thank you for the safety mission you have embarked upon. My views and thoughts about safety have not been the same since I attended your training late last year if I remember clearly. 
I'm currently reading your book and slowly digesting each chapter. We are currently reviewing everything and I mean everything at the school including the physical buildings. Safety has become important to me now but according to your book, I need to fully carry all the staff along for maximum effectiveness. Don't also want to do it DIY like Miss Carol anymore. As a result we wish to reach out to professionals like Safe Schools. 
Olubusola A., School Administrator 
5.0
2016-05-03T18:05:39+00:00
Olubusola A., School Administrator 
A big thank you for the safety mission you have embarked upon. My views and thoughts about safety have not been the same since I attended your training late last year if I remember clearly.  I'm currently reading your book and slowly digesting each chapter. We are currently reviewing everything and I mean everything at the school including the physical buildings. Safety has become important to me now but according to your book, I need to fully carry all the staff along for maximum effectiveness. Don't also want to do it DIY like Miss Carol anymore. As a result we wish to reach out to professionals like Safe Schools. 

Da-Silva

This book is apt! The Making of a Total School is surely your priority safety book. A comprehensive summary of what a safe school should be. The reader’s attention will be drawn to something no one seems to talk about. Professor Ike, as she is fondly called, considers catastrophic events in schools, where history suggests that paying lip service cannot prevent such incidents through being reactive alone. She highlighted 7 practical essential elements necessary for achieving a safe school. I was engrossed with the illustrations and captivating stories of the devastating effect of lack of safety in schools.
Femi Da-silva, Chief Coordinating Officer, 9jaSAFE Award
5.0
2016-05-03T18:07:52+00:00
Femi Da-silva, Chief Coordinating Officer, 9jaSAFE Award
This book is apt! The Making of a Total School is surely your priority safety book. A comprehensive summary of what a safe school should be. The reader’s attention will be drawn to something no one seems to talk about. Professor Ike, as she is fondly called, considers catastrophic events in schools, where history suggests that paying lip service cannot prevent such incidents through being reactive alone. She highlighted 7 practical essential elements necessary for achieving a safe school. I was engrossed with the illustrations and captivating stories of the devastating effect of lack of safety in schools.

Charmaine

Undeniably, the only book on safety you would ever need. Professor Ike has written a captivating, highly informational and easy-to-understand piece on a subject area many find confusing. The content of The Making of a Total School can easily become the benchmark for most sectors, and not just schools.
Charmaine Ceisa, Chartered Safety Consultant 
5.0
2016-05-03T18:24:44+00:00
Charmaine Ceisa, Chartered Safety Consultant 
Undeniably, the only book on safety you would ever need. Professor Ike has written a captivating, highly informational and easy-to-understand piece on a subject area many find confusing. The content of The Making of a Total School can easily become the benchmark for most sectors, and not just schools.

Shah

Thank you Ike for the informative and enthusiastic induction yesterday. The real workplace incidents and examples that you provided with each topic discussed were very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. It was pleasure to have an induction with you!
Shah Gul, Finance Worker
5.0
2018-12-27T03:47:25+00:00
Shah Gul, Finance Worker
Thank you Ike for the informative and enthusiastic induction yesterday. The real workplace incidents and examples that you provided with each topic discussed were very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. It was pleasure to have an induction with you!

Anne

The session was interesting and interactive. Ike has a lively and dynamic presentation style. There was a good mixture of learning experiences to develop communication skills and teamwork as well as an understanding of personal safety in different contexts. The content was relevant - some as a useful reminder of personal safety as well as new information to digest. The children and young people were fully engaged and enjoyed the sessions.

Anne Collard, EYLA

 

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2019-04-03T18:51:33+00:00

Anne Collard, EYLA

 

The session was interesting and interactive. Ike has a lively and dynamic presentation style. There was a good mixture of learning experiences to develop communication skills and teamwork as well as an understanding of personal safety in different contexts. The content was relevant - some as a useful reminder of personal safety as well as new information to digest. The children and young people were fully engaged and enjoyed the sessions.
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