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.
Amber Amos Luper, B.Ed.
Mr. Amber Amos Luper a seasoned school administrator and professional teacher per excellence, with over 12 years of professional experience. His educational background include a B. Ed Administration and Planning and NCE in Business Education.
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.