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 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.
Ugwuoke, Charles Ikechukwu, BSc.
Charles Ikechukwu has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation Science from University of Jos. He is also an Audiometrician/Speech Therapist and is proficient in diagnosing children with hearing impairment and dysarthria. He offers audiological assessment to individuals with hearing impairment and speech therapy for children with dysarthria (speech disorder) at the C.A.D.E.T. Academy.
Ekwedi, Efeoghene Sharon, BSc.
Sharon has a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation Science from the University of Jos. She is also a registered professional with the Teachers' Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN). She is passionate about teaching and rehabilitating children with disabilities with a view to seeing them live the best life with their unique abilities.
Alex Okoroafor, NCE.
Alex has a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) from the College of Education Zuba. He is a trained and certified special educator at the Centre. Alex is committed to giving his best support towards the academic development of our precious children with special needs.
Chikodi Samuel, BSc.
Chikodi has a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Zoology from Abia State University. She is a trained and certified special educator at the Centre. Chikodi is totally committed to caring for our children with special needs and loves to see them positioned for a bright future irrespective of their disabilities.
Gwendolyn Umunnah, B.A.
Gwen has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin. She is a trained and certified special educator at the Centre. Gwen is passionate about seeing our special children develop beyond every form of limitation through special education.
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.
Danjuma Manji, BSc.
Manji has a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation Science from University of Jos. He is also a trained and certified special educator at the Centre. Manji continually expresses his conviction that every child can learn regardless of any form of disability.
Rita Ovudo, O Level
Rita is a Teaching Assistant at the Centre. She is passionate about providing support to children with special needs. Her aspiration is to harness the greatness in every child through education.
Aweh Nkechi Queen, BSc.
Queen has a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Delta State University. She is a trained and certified special educator at the Centre. Her dream has always been to help special kids overcome their challenges and express their full potentials.
Oku Mercy Nkonye, BSc.
Mercy has a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos. She is a trained and certified special educator at the Centre. Mercy is passionate about supporting the educational development of children at the Centre.