Students in Chidinma Ibemere’s Biology class at Federal Government College, Enugu are definitely lucky to have her. As the Lead Volunteer at Chidinma Ibemere Foundation, Chidinma is committed to significantly contributing her quota in driving sustainable changes in the Education Sector in Nigeria.
“It is acceptable to be in touch with your emotions but it is more productive when you choose to take courage to lift yourself from every form of doubt, fear and worthlessness”
People self-sabotage a lot, feeling their ideas are boring, too small or useless. What’s your opinion on solving this?
I honestly feel everyone has experienced this [self sabotage] at some point. I have had moments of self-doubt as well as seasons where I didn’t think much of myself and my ideas. Dwelling in such situations can be exhausting, hence, the importance of having the right community of friends and a supportive family.
It is acceptable to be in touch with your emotions but it is more productive when you choose to take courage to lift yourself from every form of doubt, fear and worthlessness.
When people share their fears and doubts with me, I remind them of the times they took bold steps that turned out powerful. To solve the menace of self-sabotage, open up to those who are willing to hold your hands through the dark times. Also, renew your mind to see that you are capable of so much more and you are worthy of being the source of great ideas.
What’s something you’re working on now that you want more people to know about and support you on?
I serve as the Lead Volunteer at Chidinma Ibemere Foundation, an organization focused on bridging the gaps of inequalities/inequities in Education through advocacy, empowerment and humanitarianism. Currently, the foundation has helped to retain 22 children in secondary schools. This progress is as a result of grants and donations from individuals and partnerships secured with organizations.
At the moment, we are on a much needed hiatus to help us plan better and relaunch with more impactful projects. We can be found on Facebook, Chidinma Ibemere Foundation (CIF). Looking forward to a future with more meaningful progress.
Speaking of retaining people in school, can people make it in life without formal education? What has more weight: learning within formal education or outside of formal education?
With the current realities, access to quality education is often presented as a privilege. This suggests that not everyone has the chance to gain formal education as and when due. It would be unjust to dismiss the impact of informal education in our society. This sector has raised experts in their rights, from artisans to volunteers.
However, I believe strongly that formal education refines an individual and creates the platform to fulfill potentials that are globally beneficial.
I hope everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to access formal education regardless of the knowledge of informal education acquired.
I think learning within formal education has more weight and has a sustainable impact.
Who’s Chidinma Ibemere? What sparks her interests and what good does she want to see and do in the world?
Chidinma Ibemere is a passionate Biology Teacher at Federal Government College, Enugu; a writer and a proud lover of God. She is committed to significantly contributing her quota in driving sustainable changes in the Education Sector in Nigeria. She hopes to remain an active participant in achieving a world where education is no longer presented as a privilege but as the right of every child and youth, first in Nigeria and by extension, the world.
Chidinma is a student of life and treasures peace always and in all ways.
We wish Chidinma the best!