The Rivers State Ministry of Education has won the Babs Fatunwa education prize for service excellence.
The award, The Tide gathered was in recognition of the unprecedented development of infrastructure, effective management of human resources and productive educational policies and programmes that have made a huge difference in the overall development of the education sector in Rivers State and the lives of its target beneficiaries.
The award was presented to the Rivers State Commissioner For Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi in an education summit in Lagos.
Receiving the award, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi, said it was a testimony of the giant stride of the governor, Chibuike Amaechi, in reviving the education sector of the state.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Higher Education, in the Rivers State Ministry of Education, Mrs Mae Solomon also said that the state government has made education its number one priority in this political dispensation.
She noted that the state government has succeeded in making education free and compulsory for Rivers people.
She revealed that the aim of the free education policy is to ensure that every Rivers’ child of school age have access to education, because, she noted, education is the key to national development.
The Rivers Education Boss advised all stakeholders to live up to the challenge of reviving the fallen standard of education in the country.
According to her, education is a sector that cannot be ignored because the future of Nigerians lies in it.
She added that if Nigeria is to attain the vision 2020, we have to reposition our education system for us to be among the 20 top economies in the world.
Speaking at the summit, the project coordinator, Mr Michael Onoja, pointed out that the event was designed to reward oasis of academic excellence on a national platform.
Mr Onoja maintained that the awards would raise role models that would inspire diligence required to dispel the notion that academic excellence counts for nothing in schools and announced that the summit would be an annual event so as to promote academic excellence from both students and administrators.
Delivering a lecture titled: “The challenge of the University Education in Nigeria and the way forward”, Prof. Constance Nwosu, stressed that the decline in morals and values contributed to the problems in the educational sector.
Prof Nwosu proposed for re-introduction of moral education course’ in school curriculum, engaging in research, work and continuous assessment on assignments of students.
Other award recipients at the summit, were Akhigbe Iseiren Josiah, who graduated with 4.98 CGPA from Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Lagos. Rev Sister Maria Onyindo who bagged a first class in Mathematics from university of Nigeria, Nsukka, also received an award including Mrs Aham Chiabuotu with a first class from Babcock University with a CGPA of 4.91.
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Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged the state’s Ministry of Education to rise to its co-ordinating responsibility that will build stronger synergy amongst major stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the synergy must align with the global vision of producing children capable of being society’s desirable leaders of tomorrow.
Ikpeazu who gave the charge during a meeting with education managers in the state at his Aba Lodge identified capacity building, conducive learning environment and harmony among the education stakeholders as the leading factors toward the vision of bequeathing qualitative education for Abia children by his administration.
He noted that the setting up of the Continuing Education Center for teachers training, renovation of about 700 classroom blocks, the building of four model schools, procurement of smart boxes to enable Abia State Universal Education Board (ASUBEB) startup with the digital teaching platform for Abia children were all aimed at equipping school children for their future endeavours and enable them compete favourably with their peers.
The Governor also disclosed that plans have already been concluded to establish a Garment Factory within the year in addition to Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory which will produce uniforms and shoes for school children
He described them as motivations towards realising and sustaining high public school enrollment which the State’s School Feeding Programme has achieved.
He also reminded the stakeholders of the need to adopt innovations and technological ways of teaching that will expose the children to the current and dynamic learning trends of today’s world, adding that education is a pillar and enabler to any career which his administration recognised and adopted even to the point of formalising artisanal shoemaking.
Contributing, the Deputy Governor, Sir Udo Oko Chukwu expressed appreciation to the Governor for the immense interest he has shown towards improving the education sector which he described as a paradigm shift to the global challenge, and encouraged the education stakeholders to complement these efforts by restructuring the school system of the state.
Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers
Anambra State Government has commenced recruitment of 500 teachers into primary schools across the state to enhance teaching and learning.
Chairman, State House of Assembly Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Ejike Okechukwu disclosed this at the House of Assembly complex in Awka during an interactive session between the committee and Head Teachers in Aguata Local Government Education Authority.
He explained that the recruitment exercise would fill the gap created by primary school teachers who had retired from active service and improve the standard of primary education in the state.
He assured that all challenges outlined by the Head teachers hindering the progress of primary schools across the state would be tackled to the barest minimum to ensure the upliftment of education standard in the state.
Okechukwu encouraged the teachers to remain dedicated to duty and shun all forms of sharp practices that could portray the state in bad light.
Reacting, Education Secretary, Aguata Local Government Education Authority, Lady Ijeabalum Obi commended government’s performance in education sector.
She explained that the meeting offered the teachers and the committee the opportunity to brainstorm on ways to sustain the state’s legendary performance in education and tackle issues bordering on teachers welfare.
In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Ebere Nwankwo from Eziagulu Primary School, Ekwulobia appreciated the committee for living up to expectations, pledging the teachers’ preparedness to follow the lawmakers’ directives.
Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners
Director of Studies at Pampers Private School and Rainbow College, Dr. Olayinka Oduwole, has said Art should be introduced to children in the early years as it aids physical, cognitive, and behavioral developments.
Oduwole in a statement made available to The Tide, said Art was a creative expression that nurtures the imagination and allows children to externalise their feelings.
To celebrate Children’s Day this year and improve learners artistic skills, he said the learners of Pampers Private Schools and Rainbow College published a joint e-book titled, “A Collection of Stories by Pampers Private School and Rainbow College.”
“Through painting, sculpture, collage, music, dancing, acting, clay, drawing, or any other medium, art is a way for children to work through emotions, make decisions, and express their ideas. It should be introduced to children in the early years to aid physical, cognitive, and behavioral development. When children work together on art projects, they interact and share with their peers. This collaborative work promotes social learning.”
He explained that children who performed arts regularly had been noticed to control their emotions and expressed the same in productive ways.
“Manipulating art materials provides children with a sense of freedom while encouraging focus and concentration, this informs the rationale for the promotion of art education and creativity as the bedrock of Rainbow College curriculum plan and implementation,” he said.
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