After about five years with Deloitte, Mrs. Chikezie was inspired to establish a consulting outfit focused on the education sector. The tremendous skills and vast experience she acquired while supporting and improving large corporations, in addition to a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales, gave her the platform to move good schools to the league of greats.
Funsho went on to acquire a Post-graduate Diploma in Education as well as an international diploma in Montessori education. She is also trained in supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing (by the University of London), curriculum mapping, and a number of other skills acquired from international and regional conferences/seminars. In her quest towards delivering best practices particularly in early childhood education, Olufunsho made several visits to observe public and private schools in the UK between 2010 and 2011. Her study included nursery/primary schools which employed the UK early years curriculum as well as a blend with Montessori.
A member of international education organizations such as the U.S National Association for Education of Young Children, the International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association), and the US Consulate Information Research Center; Funsho keeps in constant touch with latest trends in global education delivery. She also has a certificate in parenting education from the Positive Discipline organization, USA and is registered with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN). As an education diplomat, she has a certificate from the Institute for Global Education Diplomacy, Washington DC. Olufunsho’s ambition is to support stakeholders to give the African child a learning experience at par with his peers in developed nations.
Business aside, Mrs Chikezie currently serves as an ordained Assistant Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. She has served as a volunteer tutor/mentor in a number of educational outreaches including the Seedtime Reading Club for children and Kip McGrath (after-school) centres for student performance improvement, whilst currently serving in PEARLS (a community-based club for teen girls), and the Solid Foundation ministry for youths. She is also the editor/publisher of Early Learning, a free educational magazine for parents.
For two consecutive years (2014 & 2015), in recognition of her efforts, Funsho was shortlisted by the US government as a semi-finalist in the Young African Leaders Initiative (Mandela Washington Fellowship) program for emerging leaders across Africa. In 2013, she was among 50 young women selected by the US Consulate in Lagos for a fully-funded certificate program in Leadership, Public Speaking, & Effective Presentation Skills. In 2010, she was also among the first set of entrepreneurs to benefit from the Diamond Bank-sponsored ‘Building Entrepreneurs Today’ program initiated by the Pan-Atlantic University’s Enterprise Development Centre. From the lot of 50 entrepreneurs selected nationwide, Funsho emerged among the 15 ‘Top Breed’ entrepreneurs from the program.
Currently, Mrs. Chikezie works as the Lead Consultant at Early Years Consult Limited. She also serves as part-time tutor on the faculty of Heritage House Montessori Center and trainer/consultant with Soams Creative Education and Consultancy. Funsho has strategic alliances with key internationally-recognized curriculum providers, including HighScope, Kip McGrath, and the Creative Curriculum whilst possessing a good knowledge of the UK EYFS and Montessori curricula. She recently received training from the UK Aid through its Developing Effective Private Education in Nigeria (DEEPEN) office as part of a team of selected school improvement service providers empowered to work with Nigerian private schools in enhancing their levels of effectiveness and student performance.
With this vast viewpoint, Olufunsho is able to provide strategic advice to clients depending on their individual settings, goals, student needs, teacher qualities, and budget. As an education consultant, she brings to the table a rare blend of diverse skills, experiences, and expert links which enable her to deliver exceptional solutions to schools. Her clients often look to her for expert opinion on global best practices and international standards in the education of children.