15 August 2012

Nigeria: Laying Good Foundation for the Children

The future of any child is as important as the existence of a country. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM was at the one week workshop organised for children in public schools in the FCT by CreativeKids Foundation in collaboration with Korea Cultural Centre, Abuja and the Universal Basic Education Board.

This year's summer programme for children in public schools within the Federal Capital Territory is in Collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre Abuja, the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) and CreativeKids Foundation who are focusing on the art of learning

The one week programme which started Monday, August 12 at the Korea Cultural Centre, Abuja is witnessing an impressive turnout from selected public schools like Government Junior Secondary School, Apo Re-settlement, and other. According to the school principal, Sabo Isyaku Abukur, whose countenance tells he is happy with the development and the subsequent participation of his students in the programme, in an interview, emphasized the need for more collaborative effort in making sure that funds could be released for more participation and provision of such facilities in their various schools.

'This programme is coming at a time when the standard of education is fast declining. Though most of the facilities we see here...we don't have them in our various schools but when I get back to my own school, we will put all we have learnt into use. We pray the government to do a research on our public schools so that the necessary educational facilities could be provided for better teaching and enhanced learning. And I urge the organisers to continue the good work for the sake of our future generation', he said.

Also speaking during an interview, Mrs Anne Akahara, the Founder/Coordinator of Creativekids Foundation, explained that during the programme, the facilitators and teachers would work with the participating children in improving and boosting their literacy and numeracy skills.

'We want to teach them how to secure their future and be creative in life. This is expected to be achieved through the dynamics, interactive and Creative Projects they would be exposed to.

'While learning and enjoying themselves, they will also be building self confidence, Leadership skill and team spirit at the same time.

She also thanked the Korea Cultural Centre, Abuja, and the Universal Basic Education Board for making the programme possible.

By the end of the programme, the more than forty children participating in the programme, the second in the series, are expected to have known the rudimentary of Maths and fine Art, poetry writing, music - comprising of drums, piano (keyboard); games including chess, scrabble and other activities that give rise to exciting open-ended and playful explorations of important math concepts and showing their relevance in everyday life.

Some of the volunteer instructors including Mr. Atta Otigba and Mr. Femi Johnson took the students on the rudiments of keyboard and drums respectively.

It was an interactive session during which performances of the students and the facilitators were brought under thorough scrutiny by the parents and other observers, describing the programme as a welcome development for youth re-orientation.

Also attending the five-day summer programme are pupils of Pilot primary school, Wuse 5, Junior science secondary school, Zone 2 and Junior secondary schools, Zone 3, Zone 6, Durumi and Nyanyan.

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