Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: School Proprietress Advocates Children's Early Exposure to Sports

The proprietress of Excellent Kiddies Montessori Academy, Bwari, in Bwari Area Council, Mrs. Christy Imudia, has stressed the need for early exposure of pupils to sporting activities in order to harness and nurture their God given talents and potentials.

Imudia, who stated this over the weekend at the 3rd Inter-house sports competition of the school, noted that the essence of the event was to recognise sports as a tool for grassroots development. She said the choice of citing the school in such a remote area of the FCT rather than the city centre was to impact positively on the lives of the children in the rural area.

According to her, the 8-year-old school with a population of not less than 420 pupils and 58 staff, has produced students with extra-ordinary performances in their various fields of study.

Expressing dismay over the poor standard of education in Nigeria, the proprietress blamed it on lack of close supervision and monitoring of teachers, emphasising on the need for their periodic training and retraining.

The chairman of the occasion, Navy Commander Esor Solomon, challenged both government and private schools to take the issue of sports seriously in view of its relevance in today's world.

He said many have excelled in life through sports as it has become not just a vocation, but a means of livelihood.

He urged government to encourage students through the provision of basic educational and sporting facilities and to give scholarship to those who have excelled in their various fields.

Highlights of the event included match past, drama, sporting activities and presentation of awards and certificates to deserving pupils.

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