The Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, has charged wealthy Nigerians to join in the advocacy and crusade for promoting mass literacy and education in the rural communities toward the actualization of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
Dame Judith Amaechi stated this Wednesday during the flag off of the ESI Nursery School programme and “Adopt a Child Initiative” in Gokhana Local Government of the state.
Mrs Amaechi said the nation’s quest for attaining the MDGs in basic education and mass literacy may be a mirage if wealthy and influential Nigerians refused to champion the course.
“It is unfortunate that education is at its lowest ebb, it is more unfortunate that wealthy Nigerians, pay lip service to education, it is rather too unfortunate that our quest for a learning economy in 2015 might be a mirage due to the irresponsible attitude of wealthy Nigerians who have refused to champion the course of education of the children,” she said.
The Governor’s wife who laid foundation stone for building a permanent nursery school for the less privileged children in Gokhana Local Government Area, said the objective was to raise children that will have early education foundation and appreciate what is right from wrong from infancy.
According to her, it is obvious that we empower the children through the provision of basic early education because it is on record that children who dropped out of school early, did not have access to basic nursery education and are vulnerable to crime in their adulthood.
The governor’s wife lamented that over 10 million Nigeria children are out of school, a pointer to bleak future for the nation.
The founder of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) flagged off children literacy programme with the commencement of academic session in temporary schools in the 12 wards of the Gokhana Local Government Area. So far the ESI has established 70 nursery school in the five local governments of Rivers State while over 3,500 pupils are currently enjoying free education.
Earlier, the wife of the Chairman of Gokhana Local Government, Lady Esther Giadom, said the ESI nursery school was a right step in redirecting the children from social vices that have bedeviled the family in recent times.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Council, Chief Victor Giadom expressed his council’s willingness to partner with ESI in providing early child education for the rural children and called on parents to avail their children of this initiative.
The ESI administrator NOWA Omorogbe said the ESI nursery school is to bridge educational gap between children of the rich and the poor and called for support for the “Adopt a Child Initiative.”