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Software Expert Donates N1.1m School Materials To Pupils

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A Nigerian based in United States of America, Ms Seun Akinlosotu, has donated school materials worth N1.1 million to 300 pupils in public primary schools in Ondo Town, Ondo State.
Akinlosotu presented the materials under the initiative of: “Seun and Friends Campaign’’, to parents and guardians of the benefiting pupils drawn from the Ondo West Local Government Area, where she hails from.
Our correspondent reports that the school materials include 300 school bags, books, pencils, rulers and crayons.
Akinlosotu, currently working in a software development company in U.S, said that her philanthropic gesture would become an annual project for indigent students in the state.
“This is my way of giving back to the society where I was born and brought up.
“Nigeria has always been on my heart and I constantly think about what I can do to improve the lives of other people.
“I am very passionate about children’s welfare and their education.
“As great as America is, it cannot provide 100 per cent of its citizens’ needs; how much more a country like Nigeria with a growing economy?’’ Akinlosotu said.
She said that her friends contributed in funding the mission, which would be first of many more to come.
“The plan is to do this every year in a different state and town for less privileged children in public schools; actually we can’t wait to kick-start the 2019 campaign.
“In Nigeria, parents send their children to public schools due to financial constraint, so the whole idea is to take the burden of buying school bags and writing materials off their shoulders,’’ the donor said.
She made clarification that she did not have any immediate plans to go into politics.
Akinlosotu said: “Political atmosphere in Nigeria is scary to me at the moment.
“However, I may have a different opinion in five or 10 years’ time.’’
She urged individuals, corporate organisations and other Nigerians in Diaspora to engage in philanthropy regularly.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, one of the benefitting pupils, Oluwamodupe Akinsiku of St. Patrick Mega School, Ondo, said they were elated for the gesture.
Akinsiku, while lauding Akinlosotu for keeping up with the initiative, said that they were full of excitement and praises for the initiative of the donor. (NAN)

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Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education

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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.

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Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers

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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.

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Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners

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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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