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Preface

Executive Summary

1.1. Introduction

1.1.1 Overview Narrative / Background

1.1.2. Purpose for Developing my Professional Portfolio

1.1.3. What will be Learnt About me

1.1.4. Who I consider my audience to be

2.1. My Philosophy and Philosophical Statement on Adult Education

3.1. A reflective Synthesis of my Professional Portfolio

3.2. A Critical Analysis of who I am

3.3. The Knowledge, Skills and Attitude I bring to my Practice of Adult Education

3.4. My Strengths, Accomplishments, Growth and Challenge Areas

3.5. Reflection on my Developmental Trajectory with Possible Goals for the Future

4.1. Curriculum Vitae

4.2. Background Information

4.3. Professional Membership

4.4. Awards

4.5. Academic Records / Qualifications

4.6. Relevant Employment and Responsibilities

4.7. Appointments

4.8. Summary of key technical skills / abilities

4.10. Relevant Papers Presented with Dates

4.11. Relevant Workshop and Sensitization Program

4.12. Press Conference/Media Briefing

Referees

Acknowledgement

References










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Preface







Executive Summary








Chapter 1




1.1. Introduction







1.1.1 Overview Narrative / Background





1.1.2. Purpose for Developing my Professional Portfolio





1.1.3. What will be Learnt About me





1.1.4. Who I consider my audience to be





Chapter 2




2.1. My Philosophy and Philosophical Statement on Adult Education







Chapter 3




3.1. A reflective Synthesis of my Professional Portfolio







3.2. A Critical Analysis of who I am







3.3. The Knowledge, Skills and Attitude I bring to my Practice of Adult Education







3.4. My Strengths, Accomplishments, Growth and Challenge Areas


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I draw strength from learning, interaction with people and writing. I am quite innovative and initiated my organisation’s biosafety commitment for the biodiversity action agenda for nature and man. It is a global record that my organization, EWHC, made the first biosafety commitment on the Action Agenda promoting the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity to ensure safe handling, transfer and use of living modified organisms to help in raising awareness on the urgent need to halt the loss of biodiversity and restore healthy ecosystems. The commitment is part of the positive actions for the Action Agenda, to set the stage for an ambitious global biodiversity framework, to be adopted in Kunming, China, in 2021. (APPENDIX 1).

As part of this commitment, the EWHC organized a Webinar on December 8, 2020, with the topic; UNEP Programme: Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People Webinar, and theme; “MOTIVATING STRATEGIC PLANS AND ACTIONS FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS ON BIOSAFETY AND BIODIVERSITY, TO ENHANCE PARTNERSHIP WITH NATURE”.
The Webinar fostered communication to ensure that by 2025, people are aware of the meaning and values of biosafety and biodiversity, as well as steps they can take to use them for sustainable development. It promoted and showcased a groundswell of actions from both state and non-state actors, to safeguard and reverse biodiversity loss, provided momentum towards the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in China. The outcome has been published and can be accessed through this link

Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu is the Nigeria Country Representative for Voluntary Peer Review (VPR) process of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was a team member of CBD 2019 review of Uganda’s NBSAP implementation. She received a special commendation from the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, for her role in the Secretariat’s Voluntary Peer Review (VPR) process for the implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP), 2015 - 2025, of the Republic of Uganda, (APPENDIX 2). The detail is available here.

Agbaegbu is the publisher of LifeCare Journal, which reports developments in various areas such as health, education, sustainable development, food security and good governance. Agbaegbu is a member of National Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plan, (NBSAP); and a strong voice in biodiversity-based economy for future. She was one of the Nigerian delegates to ‘‘2018 United Nations Biodiversity Convention, (COP14); Held in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt.
My challenge area is ability to navigate between work life and career advancement. This has significantly affected my output in most of my engagements and continuously weighs down my resolve to sour beyond limits. Unfortunately, this factor, as well as poverty is a common phenomenon amongst women, most especially in the developing countries. It limits women’s potentials and opportunities for active participation in leadership and decision-making processes. This has a negative impact on productivity, social development and resilience, with a resultant effect on growth and development particularly at the last mile. Another major challenge is inadequate power supply, poor internet facility, including poor basic amenities and infrastructure. These have become persistent condition of living mostly in the third world countries and all efforts to overcome this situation, particularly in my country Nigeria, have failed. It is a major constraint and impediments in my growth and development and has continuously limited research and online studies and learning.




3.5. Reflection on my Developmental Trajectory with Possible Goals for the Future







3.6. Practice Development


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In the process of identifying SKAs that you want to build on during your master’s program at StFX. University, Canada; I realized many other resources and strategies that I need to develop. I noted the desire to develop, improve and learn more on critical thinking and investigative skills example research and investigation, business and communication skills for enhanced knowledge. In this intensive learning and study under this broad subject of adult education, there is great opportunity to share ideas and to exchange experiences with each other between classroom learnings and development challenge. I intend to build on developing the resources and strategies that I will need to approach problems and address challenges.




3.7. An Interpretation of who I am / Biography


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Edel-Quinn Ijeoma Agbaegbu a Microbiology graduate, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) is from Imo state, Nigeria. She holds a post-graduate training certificate in ‘‘Livelihoods and Markets” from Coady Institite, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada and a Certificate on ‘‘Strategic Communications and Legal Dimensions of Biotechnology Access” from Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University Ithaca, New York, U.S.A. She is currently a member of “Women’s Leadership and Community Development Cohort”, at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
She is a wife and a mother and has demonstrated excellence in diverse positions of responsibility. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Every Woman Hope Centre, (EWHC); a Nigerian registered Non-Governmental Organization, (NGO), with strength on advocacy on diverse areas including gender and biodiversity. Notably, EWHC is promoting commitments in Africa to the Sharm El-Sheik to Kunming Action Agenda for nature and people, towards reversing biodiversity loss and promoting positive gains to 2030, as well as achieving the 2050 Vision of Living in Harmony with Nature. This is available here.
i. Evidence to Validate my Interpretation
Evidence to validate my interpretation can be accessed through this link.
ii. Carrier and Personal Development Course / Employment History (CV)




3.8. Epilogue


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This is my professional portfolio, prepared to meet the requirements of the Master of Adult Education program at St. Francis Xavier University. Although a test assignment, its purpose is to have a better appreciation of myself as a practitioner and I made several attempts to establish a connect of my professional experience and my image. I considered a quit, but the questions on what ought to be the primary purpose of adult education; what tensions are healthy and what reflections or changes might make my personal theory and practice more effective urged me on.
In my efforts to provide answers to these queries, I realised that I have effectively generated a deliberate design of my life and work experiences, which highlighted what is important to me, especially as an adult educator; and what I want another educator to know about me.

I appreciate this opportunity to articulate my emerging working philosophy of adult education from my readings and reflections on; which working philosophy am I closest to, my assumptions about human nature, society, and the role of education, assumptions about learning, learners and educators and who I am as an adult educator. Indeed, the foundation of my professional portfolio creation is a process of self-discovery, which reflects critically on learning and accomplishments, relevant skills, knowledge and attitude essential for professional practice, as well as proper identification of strengths and weaknesses.

I am highly satisfied with the clarity and completeness it brings in communicating my skills, knowledge, and attitudes / values; and its’ accessibility, readability, logical sequencing, and navigational ease. Now I know, that there could be no alternative to the compilation of a synopsis of a professional portfolio; for proper documentation of critical personal assessment, developmental processes and the provision of a guide for best practice as an adult educator. Indeed, it worth the trouble and I hope you will be willing to do same!


Chapter 4



Curriculum Vitae


Edel-Quinn Ijeoma Agbaegbu


Microbiologist, Founder/Executive Director, Every Woman Hope Centre (EWHC), Publisher/Editor, LifeCare Journal, Social Worker and Sustainable Biodiversity Advocate
ADDRESS: Suite 34 Dansville Plaza, No. 5 David Ejoor Crescent, Durumi District, Abuja, Nigeria.
TEL: +234(0)7055881464
EMAIL: ewhcnigeria@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.everywomanhopecentre.org



4.2. Background Information




Edel-Quinn Ijeoma Agbaegbu is a Nigerian Citizen, wife and mother. Agbaegbu is a graduate of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). She holds a Certificate on Strategic Communication and Legal Dimensions of Biotechnology Access” from Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University Ithaca, New York USA. She akso holds a post graduate training Certificate in ''Livelihoods and Markets'' from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada and currently undertaken a program in Master of Adult Education in the same Institution. She is the Founder / Executive Director of Every Woman Hope Centre, (EWHC) a Nigerian registered Non-Governmental Organization, with strength in advocacy on gender, good health, food security and biodiversity sustainability.

My organisation, EWHC made the first Biosafety Commitment in the Sharm El-Sheik to Kunming Action Agenda: https://everywomanhopecentre.org/webinar/2021/03/02/outcome-of-ewhc-webinar-towards-sharm-el-sheik-to-kunming-action-agenda-for-nature-and-people/

Edel-Quinn was nominated and accredited by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to participate in ‘‘2018 United Nations Convention” on Biodiversity; COP 14 at Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt.

She is the Nigerian Country Representative, Voluntary Peer Review (VPR), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

I was officially nominated by the SCBD, to participate in the October 28 – November 4, 2019 country visit to Kampala, Uganda, on the voluntary peer review of implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) of Uganda.

Agbaegbu is a BCH user and participated in the testing of the New BCH.

She is widely travelled and represents gender both nationally and internationally.

She is a farmer, writer, a blogger; (EWHC Blog) and the publisher of LifeCare Jounal.



4.3. Professional Membership




Member of National Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plans (NBSAP)., September 2018.Member of Nigeria–Canada Alumni Association (NCAA).

Member of the National Biosafety Committee (NBC),April 2018. She is a Champion / Ambassador of Biosafety in Nigeria and a strong voice in food security and biodiversity conservation for improved livelihood.



4.4. Awards




Member, Alliance for Science: March 4, 2018.

Biosafety Champion (Ambassador), 2017

She was a 2017 ‘‘Award Recipient” for significant role in community development in Imo state, Nigeria.



4.5. Academic Records / Qualifications




Master’s degree in “Adult Education”, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada (In View; May 2023).

June 2018: Leadership Certificate in “Livelihoods and Markets’’ St. Francis Xavier University, Canada.

March 2018: “Certificate on Strategic Communication and Legal Dimensions of Biotechnology Access” from Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University, Ithaca USA.

December 1999: B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology; University of Nigeria.





EWHC Representative as an observer in the 2021 May 3 – June 13, SBSTTA 24 / SBI 3 CBD Meetings

  • Participation in the plenary and contact group meetings.
  • Uploading statements and sending chats to communicate opinions and views on paragraph amendments of related agenda item.

Nigerian Country Representative, Voluntary Peer Review (VPR), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), May 2019

  • Building capacity for all stake holders, taking into account the gender , the youth, the Indigenous People and the Local Communities (IPLCs) including the civil societies. 
  • Sharing information, advocacy and awareness to educate the general population, citizens and users of NBSAP on the importance of biodiversity and its rational use for sustainable development.
  • Facilitating most effectively, the development of national mechanism for ecological compensation and off-set as well as creation of biodiversity observatory.

A team member of the CBD Uganda VPR process

  • Working with other team members to produce relevant outputs from distributed tasks for the compilation of a “zero draft” of the agreed report, based on the structure developed in the desk study.
  • Working alongside VPR team members and the Secretariat to produce the final report, with necessary recommendations to improve Ugandan’s NBSAP implementation straggles.

Executive Director (2013 - Present) Every Woman Hope Centre (EWHC)

  • Administration and structural development of the organization and networking maintaining standards.
  • Program management and providing tailor-made, cost-effective and efficient services for sustainable development.
  • Develop layout, content and translation for outreach materials for the social media and the organizational website: https://www.everywomanhopecentre.org
  • Leading role in advocacy and capacity building.
  • Fostering and maintaining relationship with partners and relevant stakeholders.
  • Approval of key projects and major expenses and also leading role in     sourcing for funding.
  • Presides over meetings and takes decisions.
  • Representing the organization locally, regionally and globally.

Publisher / Editor (2014 - Present) LifeCare Journal

  • Writing and editing articles.
  • Supervises production and circulation.

Sales and Research Associate (May - June 2000) May & Baker Plc, Oba Akran Ikeja, Lagos

  • Liaising and ensuring effective communications with stakeholders and marketing for a brand project.
  • Preparation of project progress reports and presentations for project meetings
  • Supporting the research team in the arrangement of discussion groups and workshops
  • Contributing to related research activities and output within the team.
  • Attending relevant meetings and undertaking assigned administrative tasks





  • Nigerian Country Representative, Voluntary Peer Review (VPR), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), (May, 2019.
  •  Founding Secretary, National Biosafety and Biotechnology Consortium, (NBBC); September, 2017.





  • I am experienced in promoting public policy reforms and broadening project outreach through media initiatives and linkages. 
  • I am grounded in research, having successfully sustained the pro-GMO campaign for years based on scientific facts and results from previous research studies.
  • I am a professional speaker and have made public presentations in both national and international forum. 
  • Have excellent writing and communication skills, having verbally communicated with various individuals in teams I have worked in, and successfully communicated my ideas and work through various scientific papers, our journal, (LifeCare); print, electronic/online media and conferences.
  • In-depth knowledge in strengthening public awareness through campaigns and engagement with relevant government stakeholders for sustainable biodiversity
  • Highly versatile in production of project materials and in developing communication products including quarterly and annual reports.
  • Competent in the development and implementation of key democratic reforms at all levels to enhance and democratic dividend.
  • Demonstrable experience in engaging marginalized populations like women, youth and the disabled in development process, emphasizing the importance of sustainable agriculture and inclusiveness in leadership
  • A woman leader with good followership.
  • Grounded in public awareness and communication programs evidenced through successful organization of various press conferences and media briefings and webinar: https://everywomanhopecentre.org/webinar/
  • Proficient in the use of basic IT packages that are useful in discharging administrative duties.
  • Strong aptitude for learning and acquiring skills.
  • Demonstrable project management skills.
  • Creative, innovative and outstanding ability to find solutions to problems and meet deadlines.





Available online via www.everywomanhopecentre.org (news blog)

Relevant Publication: LifeCare Journal (Ebola outbreak in West Africa)





Title: Outcome of Every Woman Hope Centre Webinar, for commitments to the Sharm El-Sheik to Kunming Action Agenda for nature and people: https://everywomanhopecentre.org/webinar/2021/03/02/outcome-of-ewhc-webinar-towards-sharm-el-sheik-to-kunming-action-agenda-for-nature-and-people/

Date: December, 8 2020

Title:  Constructive Activism for Strengthening Modern Biotechnology Regulation in Nigeria

Forum: 3rd National Biosafety Conference, Nile University, Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja

Date:    September 13, 2017

Title:     Biosafety, Food Security and Economic Development in Nigeria

Forum: 2nd National Biosafety Conference, Dennis Hotel, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria  

Date:     November 10, 2016Title:     Reduction of Child Mortality Rate (Perspective in Nigeria)

Forum: Women Advancement Forum (WAF) “Think Gender Conference”                                                               Banjul, Gambia

Date: May 24, 2014





  • A webinar with theme: “Motivating strategic plans and actions for public awareness on biosafety and biodiversity, to enhance partnership with nature”, December 8, 2020.
  • March For Science, Nigeria (April 9, 2018)
  • OFAB Biotechnology/Biosafety Sensitization Program Abuja (February 7, 2017)
  • National Civil Society Consultative Meeting on Peace and Security: Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), December 8, 2014

Date: May 24, 2014





  • On Aisha Mohammed and Modern Biotechnology we stand: (Independent Newspaper Nigeria: Friday, December 23, 2016; page A9)
  • Modern Biotechnology in Nigeria: How Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture got it wrong: (Authority: Thursday, January 18, 2017; page 7)
  • GMO Cowpea: The Truth and Myths (Leadership: Monday, October 23, 2017; page 36)  





Adult Education Research Centre’s (AERC) conference proceedings:  http://newprairiepress.org/aerc/event_listing.html).

Bierema, (2016), “Troubling notions of the “ideal” (male) leader, Advances in Developing Human Resources”

Caffarella, R. S., & Daffron, S. R. (2013). Introducing the interactive model of program planning. In Planning programs for adult learners (3rded., pp. 27–51). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Cervero, R., & Wilson, A. (2006). Working the planning table: Negotiating democratically for adult, continuing and workplace education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

English, L. M. (Ed.). (2005). International encyclopedia of adult education. New York, NY:        Palgrave.

Elias, J. L., & Merriam, S. B. (2005). Philosophical foundations of adult education (3rd ed.). Malabar, FL: Krieger.

M.Ad.Ed Program Manual, AE510 Professional Portfolio Overview, page 87– 100.

Kasworm, C., Rose, A., & Ross-Gordon, J. (Eds). (2010). Handbook of adult and continuing education. Los     Angeles, CA: SAGE.

Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory model, (1994)

Zinn, L. M. (1999). Philosophy of adult education inventory [Brochure]. Boulder, CO: Lifelong Learning Options.

Resources

Developing Your Portfolio: https://www.mheducation.co.uk/openup/chapters/9780335242849.pdf

How to Write a Reflective Portfolio: http://www.ivoryresearch.com/reflective-portfolio-how-to-write-1st-class-reflectiveportfolio/

Sample Portfolio: Mackenzie Sillem Professional Portfolio

St. Francis Xavier University, AE510 Assignment:  Seiun Thomas Henderson

The Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE): http://www.casaeaceea.ca/)



Appendix


APPENDX 1: ANALYSIS OF THE ACTIONS IN THE EWHCBIOSAFETY COMMITMENT