The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday inaugurated an ultra modern hostel built by Parents’ Teachers Association (PTA) at the Government Science Secondary School, Tungan-Mage in Abuja.
FCT Mandate Secretary for Education, Sani El-Katuzu, while inaugurating the hostel, explained that the 160 bed space capacity hostel would assist the school in alleviating accomodations challenge.
El-Katuzu said the administration was pleased with the keen interest of parents to support the government in providing a conducive teaching and learning environment for students.
The mandate secretary called on other PTAs to emulate same in their respective schools.
According to him, providing basic facilities for schools is a huge project that the government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility but needs the support of others to meet up with the demand.
“Some group of responsible parents came together and with the coordination of the school authority, they provided a facility that is world class in a school environment.
“The hostel block will go a long way in alleviating accomodations problem at Government Science Secondary School, Tungan-Mage.
It is a good development and we are impressed, we are grateful to the PTA.
“We, therefore, urge other PTAs to also come up with such facility to assist the government in it efforts to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for students,” he said.
El-Katuzu, therefore, directed the Secondary Education Board (FCT-SEB) to evolve measures that would provide the necessary items for the new hostel.
He said parents should not be asked to pay any dues, adding that any charge that was direct to schools and parents was not allowed in FCT school.
The secretary said that “anyone with programmes and projects ideas should direct them to the FCT Education Secretariat for vetting and approval.
” The Director FCT Secondary Education Board (FCT-SEB), Dr Nanre Emeje described the project as a show of collaboration.
“The hostel project is proof that there is a collaboration between the school and parents, and the collaboration works.
“A good relationship that is fostered with the parents will be able to bring good things to the schools.
“On the provision of facilities, once the procurement starts, necessary steps will be taken to provide the needed items in the new PTA hostel,” she said.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board, on Tuesday in Abuja urged students to embrace entrepreneurship development.
Mrs Nanre Emeje, Secretary, FCT Secondary Education Board, said this while declaring open a three-day capacity building training for teachers under MIND SHIFT Entrepreneurship programme, National-School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event being attended by more than100 participants was organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
Emeje said that the call became necessary in view of the country’s quest to bring education revolution in favour of industrialisation.
While calling for schools’ curriculum that would depict what students should assimilate about entrepreneurship, Emeje described entrepreneurship as a gateway to the economy of every nation.
“The schools’ curriculum must be designed to depict what exactly we need the students to assimilate about entrepreneurship.
“The expected curriculum must denote who an entrepreneur is and the difference between an entrepreneur and an ordinary producer.
“Others are what the society stands to gain from having entrepreneurial oriented citizens and why entrepreneurship is an essential ingredient of education,’’ she said.
She, however, stressed the need for the instruments through which knowledge on entrepreneurial skills were being passed on to students to be conspicuously brought to the mental and physical level where they could interpret relevant topics.
“The instruments for the transmission of entrepreneurial skills to the students are teachers.
“So, it is apt that the teachers are groomed to see the need for entrepreneurship education in the students and develop a passion for transmitting it to the scholars,’’ Emeje said.
She appealed to SMEDAN to intervene by producing adequate instructional materials and textbooks for the teaching of entrepreneurship education in schools.
“Teachers themselves can be handy in bridging this yarning gap, they obviously require motivation and coordination to do this. I therefore, use this opportunity to call on SMEDAN to look toward this direction,’’ Emeje said.
Earlier, the Director-General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, reiterated the agency’s commitment to promote student entrepreneurship education.
Represented by Dr Friday Okpara, the director, Partnership and Coordination, SMEDAN, Fasanya expressed worry that there was anxiety among Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of opportunity in the employment market.
He said that lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures contributed to the much anxiety and uncertainty among the students.
“The World Bank recently predicted that there will be additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in Sub-saharan Africa.
“Given the most promising economic performance within the region, there is no way regular employment will cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market.
“The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promotes employment generation and wealth creation,’’ Fasanya said.
Mr Saidu Abubakar, the Principal, Government Secondary School, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, urged the participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators.
The participants were taken through topics including `Vision and Goal Setting, Types of Business Ownership, Sales and Marketing Your Business and Your Business and Your Community’ among others.
Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, says his country is keen in educating young Nigerians to give them a better future and strengthen the people-to-people relations with Nigeria.
Cui made this known in Abuja at the award ceremony of the 2022 China Image Drawing Competition among students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) schools themed “Together for a Shared Future”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chinese Embassy awarded the winner of the competition and runners up with over N400,000
Cui said that the competition was also aimed at encouraging Nigerian students to knowing more about the Chinese culture and language.
He said that the Chinese Embassy among its numerous interventions in Nigeria had taken keen interest in capturing young minds and protect them from being influenced by terror groups and other criminal groups.
“Today is special about young people and today I hope that we can have more product.
“I ask how can we do symphony together. For example, I ask my colleague to make the product, the music, art and also the Chinese story.
“And, to let young people know what is the meaning of harmony, Nigeria- China symphony.
“So, the students from elementary school to primary school to junior high school is a very critical stage and this stage, how can we do things to give them the positive effects.
“For example, if they are thinking, how can they get the information by drawing, how can they sing a song, they cannot be attracted by the terrorist, by the bad people here.
“So, I think if we try to create the awareness of the young people, try to do good things then we can work together to try to overcome difficulties,” Cui said.
Mrs Nanre Emeje, Secretary, FCT Secondary Education Board,, commended the Chinese Embassy for its continuous sponsorship of the competition which she said was in its ninth year and has benefitted many Nigerian students.
Emeje who was represented by Mr Fati Gambo, Director, Co-Curriculum, said that the event will further strengthen the good relations between Nigeria and China.
“The competition involves all the 12 Chinese Corners Schools of the Board. The teachers were extensively lectured on the theme of the year “Together for a shared future”.
‘And, have equally done the school level orientation lecture interpreting the theme clearly in other to draw based on the concept.
“The choice of this year’s theme has significance to our bilateral relations, because it is about our win-win cooperation,” Emeje said
Mr Mohammed Suleiman, President, Society of Nigerian Artists also commended China for creating a platform for young Nigerians to develop themselves and thrive on.
“China Is doing just too much for Nigeria in the sense that it is the same China that make sure they educate our children, our youths are getting trained, our teachers are getting trained.
“These Programmes have taken people abroad, I know how many artists have benefitted from this.it is a project they are doing for Nigeria and I am a beneficiary of this project.
“There was a time that on my own I had to go for an art residency in China. This mean that they do not just want you to do the arts but lift your arts to another level and that is the way it is.
“Please take this seriously and whoever wins today does not mean that if you do not win that you were not concerned. The whole idea is that someone cares, China cares about you,” Suleiman said.
Master Sunday Chibueze, winner of the grand price from Government Secondary School Govt. Secondary school, Apo Resettlement thanked the Chinese Embassy for giving him the opportunity to show his talent.
Chibueze said that his drawing was inspired by the unity between Nigeria and China.
“What brought the idea was about the unity between Nigeria and China, the upcoming future between Nigeria and China.
“I feel good winning this competition and I will also encourage my other class mates to improve their arts skills and do their best in Arts,” Chibueze said.
NAN reports that Chibueze was awarded with N80,000, two of the second price winners were awarded with N50,000 each, five winners in the third place were awarded N30,000 each with N10,000 consolation price for eight others.
The Embassy also donated 30,000 face masks and some infrared thermometers to the FCT Secondary Education Board. (