Samuel Awoyinfa, Oluwastosin Omojuyigbe and John Charles
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration is undertaking a holistic review of the state’s basic education curriculum with a view to including subjects that will assist in grooming pupils to fit properly into the information age.
Also, the wife of the Benue State Governor, Mrs Eunice Ortom, and her Lagos State counterpart, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, have urged the children to be disciplined and focused, in order to be good ambassadors of the country in the future.
Obaseki’s position was contained in a statement the state government released after the governor spoke at a Thanksgiving Mass held at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City, to celebrate the 2019 Children’s Day on Sunday.
Obaseki, who described education as a tool to develop the nation, added that subjects such as Career Development, History, Guidance and Counselling, Ethics and Morality were part of the new subjects included in the state’s new basic education curriculum.
He said, “We want to use education to build a total human being so that at the completion of junior secondary school education, a child can know what he or she wants to become in life and should fit properly into the society.”
He said the 2019 Children’s Day celebration in the state would be celebrated across the three senatorial districts of the state simultaneously on Monday (today).
Mrs Ortom, while speaking at a literacy and talent development show competition for Benue children to mark this year Children’s Day in the state on Saturday, explained that the contest was organised to reawaken the reading culture among children.
She said, “Without reading and writing you can’t communicate. Promoting quality education and knowledge development to enhance the future of Nigerian children must be encouraged. In this era of information and technology, we must strive to imbibe the culture of learning and ensure that our children get necessary educational background and skills to guarantee their tomorrow.
“Therefore, our legacy for moral and sound society is what we are able to inculcate in our children and so parents must be closer to their children and celebrate them and lead them to the right path in life.”
Addressing the children drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state at the JS Tarka Foundation in Makurdi, Mrs Ortom reiterated her commitment to educational development of the state through her pet project, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation.
She advised the children to be respectful, obedient to their parents and teachers, adding that they should take their study seriously.
Mrs Ambode, while speaking on Thursday at the Apapa Amusement Park, Lagos venue of the Children’s Day celebration, said the children must be disciplined and focus on their studies.
Ambode, who was represented by Mrs Oyindamola Ogunsanwo, said, “Children, as you mark this year’s Children’s Day, I want to urge you to be disciplined, humble, remain focused, and grow up to be good ambassadors of the country.”
Speaking at the event, the Group Public Relations and Events Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr Tope Ashiwaju, explained that the celebration, which was replicated across various parts of the country, was decentralised to make it accessible to more pupils nationwide.
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