Celebrating Prof. Falaye as the new director.
Posted byAdmin • on Thursday January 26, 2017 at 7:00AM • in General
Professor Folajogun V. Falaye has over 30years of teaching and research experience in both secondary and tertiary institutions. In 1983, she was an Assistant Lecturer in the then Ondo State University, Ado - Ekiti (now Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba – Akoko, Ondo state) before joining The International School, University of Ibadan as a Tutor in 1986. After obtaining Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Educational Evaluation, she became actively involved in research and training of evaluators. And she has been involved in evaluation of projects and in consultancies for national and international agencies.
She was a member of the team that carried out Monitoring of Learning Achievement (MLA) implemented in 2004 by the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, which was jointly sponsored by UNICEF and UNESCO through the Federal Ministry of Education. She developed the instrument for measuring learning achievements in primaries 4 and 6 Life Skills, and produced the state and national reports of the assessment.
Professor Falaye was a consultant on National Assessment of Educational Performance (NAEP) in 2007. The assessment was supported by the National Examination Council (NECO), Minna, Nigeria.
In November, 2008, she was one of the consultants from the Institute of Education that undertook a Baseline Study and Participatory Rapid Assessment Covering Gender, Teacher/Instructor Gap Analysis, Labour Market and Informal Sector Profiles, funded by the African Development Bank (ADB). The study was concluded in 2009. She also participated in the implementation of the ‘EKO Secondary Education Project’ of Lagos State. It was assisted by the World Bank in 2010.
Professor Falaye had a stint in the development world, where she worked as Programmes Manager, Youths Development Programmes, of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, (ARFH), a foremost indigenous non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization based in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. While in the organization, ARFH, through the Youths’ Development Department implemented an Oyo state - wide ‘Life Planning Education Project’, which later became a national model. The 5-year project was supported by the Department for International Development (DfID), UK. Also, funded by the Ford Foundations, ARFH, through its Youth Department implemented the ‘Nigerian Youth Initiatives’ (NIYI) in 5 states in Nigeria (Lagos, Oshun, Bauchi, Imo and Kebbi). The project strengthened the youths’ skills in reproductive health including HIV/AIDS. Professor Falaye successfully monitored these projects to maturity. Till date, they form models for replicating many reproductive health projects in Nigeria.
In 2003, she evaluated, on behalf of ARFH, the ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Adolescent Reproductive Health Programming in Nigeria in collaboration with four other NGOs in Nigeria. This Capacity building project was supported by the Ford Foundations. The evaluation revealed that young people were equipped with life skills to help them adopt healthy lifestyles.
As an experienced teacher, trainer, researcher and an evaluator, Professor Falaye has developed manuals for Training of Trainers, Peer Educators, teachers, and developed/reviewed curricula for training many other categories of health workers involved in projects such the Life Planning Education Project (DfID), UNICEF/NYSC HIV Project and training manual on sexual reproductive health and rights and HIV prevention for Medical students in Nigeria, which was funded by UNFPA. She has been involved in training of secondary school students, and those from tertiary institutions on Life skills building, reproductive health including HIV education. She participated in effective monitoring of teacher trainees during Practical teaching in the University of Ibadan affiliated colleges.
Professor Falaye, a Fulbright Scholar is also an awardee of the Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship, British Council TCT Training Award and Mac Arthur Foundation Award. She is a member of many professional and scientific societies such as Social Studies Association of Nigeria; National Association of Educational Researchers and Evaluators; West African Research and Innovation Management Association; International Society for Teacher Educators and America Evaluation Association.