The Inoyo Toro Foundation introduced the Mentorship Scheme as an additional initiative to further enhance the achievement of its vision. Under the mentorship scheme, the Foundation is providing opportunities for well meaning individuals to participate in mentoring students in public secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State.
This participation will offer mentors the following opportunities/benefits:
The mentoring programme was instituted in 2009 in response to the gaps which existed in the educational system. The mentorship scheme has impacted the youths significantly, hence the wide acclaim of this initiative. This initiative owes its success to our dedicated professionals and experts who have spared no efforts to provide support to the students and teachers of their adopted schools.
The Mentoring Clinic is an annual event in the Foundation’s calendar, and is held every November. It provides a platform for highly successful professionals to adopt schools of their choice and mentor the students of the school. The Foundation organizes mentoring sessions with the brightest students drawn from JSI-SS3 (one student per class) from the school of choice of the mentor. The mentoring scheme is aimed at positively impacting students. A mentor will have a one-on-one, two-hour session to mentor the students at the annual event.
Although the annual event may serve as the formal introduction of the mentor to the mentees, it is the beginning of a lifelong mentorship relationship. Through this structured mentorship programme, the youths have a broad view of life and the many possibilities that abound. They are provided with the confidence to explore these opportunities for self-improvement and wise career choices. The mentor should be a role model in leadership behavior and winning character to the students.
The annual clinics act as a formal meeting place for mentors with their adopted school/students. It also serves as a meeting place for like-minded professionals to network. The role of the mentor is not limited to these annual clinics. Direct visits to adopted schools are highly encouraged. Collaborating with the Foundation to make this happen at least once in a school session fits into the vision of the scheme. Understanding the busy nature of our Professionals, technology has come in handy to achieve direct interaction and engagements through the use of skype, zoom, WhatsApp etc. The Foundation can arrange this interface whenever requested by any of our mentors.
Our Foundation appreciates the efforts of some of our mentors, who have taken out time to enquire and make impacts on the affairs of their adopted schools. Personal visits have been made, financial assistance for some of the schools’ programmes as well as donation of some items to ease learning and teaching experience.
We are proud of mentors who have already towed this path; we encourage others to follow suit.