C.A.D.E.T. Academy is a research- and evidence-based special needs education and learning program located in Abuja, Nigeria, but serves a global community. The acronym C.A.D.E.T. signifies the type of beautiful transformation envisaged for children, almost akin to what is found in a military academy. The C.A.D.E.T. Academy adopts either an inclusive or intensive one-on-one approach, under a loving atmosphere, and applies research-based and evidence-based educational procedures to exchange undesirable habits and behavior with acceptable and desirable ones. In addition, pre-academic skills, play, social skills and language skills are also employed in transforming the children and preparing them to reach their full potentials.
Our Vision: The vision of C.A.D.E.T. Academy is to become a world class provider of high quality educational services for all children, particularly those with special needs and their families in Africa, at par with international best practices.
Our Mission: Every child in Africa deserves a world class education despite any disability. Our mission is to ensure that no child is left behind.
Our Objective: Our objective is to inspire, train and support educational institutions in Nigeria and the African continent, with a focus on families and caregivers of children with special needs. We also provide relevant information and educational resources.
Our Core Values:
E- arly Intervention
Schools and Organizations we Partner with for Special Education, Inclusion Practices and support:
Lola Aneke, M.A.T., SpEd. BCTS BCCS
Lola Aneke is the Founder/CEO of the C.A.D.E.T. Academy. She is a special educator with a K-12 practicing license from North Carolina in the United States. She also has a Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) Special Education from Meredith College, North Carolina, and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology from University of Lagos. She is a member of North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the U.S. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Thomas Caffrey, M.Ed., BCBA
Thomas M. Caffrey is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) & parent of a child with autism who brings personal passion to his work. He has a mission of providing targeted and sustained training to teachers and other professionals who work with children who have autism in public school settings. This drive was born from a desire to help his daughter, Alicia, and other children like her.
Tom has a Master in Education from Georgian University. Read more about Tom by clicking here
Liz Femi Wilson, M.Ed.
A 2-time graduate of Harvard University (Masters in Education & Masters in Fine Arts), Liz has worked with students across the U.S. and internationally for over a decade. Before the end of her first teaching year, she was awarded permanent teaching status -a status usually considered only after at least 5 years of teaching. She served as a teaching assistant of several literacy & curriculum development courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also consults for college admissions.
Precious Maduabuchi, BSc.
Maduabuchi Precious Nneoma has a BSc., in Biochemistry from the Niger Delta University. She is an experienced administrative management professional, with a career goal of working with a passionate team, to develop and deploy innovative strategies that will improve productivity in organizations. A detail-oriented, committed and enthusiastic problem solver, with strong organizational and analytical skills, she is the Centre's Administrative Manager.
Joan Tiza, B.A.
Joan Tiza has a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Philosophy from the Benue State University, Makurdi. She is a trained Educator at the C.A.D.E.T Academy.
She is passionate about providing the best possible support to children with special needs.
Ibilola Famewo, BSc.
Ibilola has a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ilorin. She is a trained and certified special educator at the Centre. Ibilola's love for our special children is infectious and she is committed to helping shape a bright future for them through special education.
Lois Nwobodo, B.Tech.
Lois Nwobodo has a B.Tech in Information Technology from Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola. She is a dedicated special educator at the Centre. She is also involved in mental health advocacy and self-confidence coaching, and has helped over 200 people boost and maintain their self-confidence, relationships and public speaking. She's an Author of two books, the most notable being “WHO AM I?” which talks about bipolar disorder. She loves reading, researching and watching documentaries.
Idara Akpan, BSc.
Idara Akpan has a BSc., in Education from the University of Uyo. She is a dedicated special educator at Centre. She is extremely resourceful, talented and hardworking. She loves working with her fingers and is super creative and totally in love with kids. She uses her background in Education to do her best on the job and considers working with special kids as an expression of her truest passion. She spends her free time traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people.
Victoria Komolafe, B.Ed.
Victoria Komolafe has a B.Ed., in Educational Technology from the University of Ilorin and is currently a volunteer at the Centre. She is a passionate teacher and teen mentor who is dedicated to bringing out the best in every child through a holistic approach that is premised upon qualitative teaching and student-defined learning outcomes. She is skilled at applying a psycho-clinical approach to education and loves to see her students progress academically while bringing out the best in them.