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‘Child-centredness should be watchword for schools’

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Principal, Greensprings School (Secondary), Anthony, Lagos, Mrs. Magdalene Okrikri, has urged school owners to make child-centredness their guiding principle to meet the 21st century standard.

Okrikri explained that a child-centred school invests continually in its teachers, facilities and other things that help in becoming lifelong learners.

She added that the school has continued to employ and retain bright teachers and educationists from Nigeria and other parts of the world, to equip its students with necessary professional skills, while also upgrading facilities and investing in modern teaching technologies.

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“In the last couple of years, we opened a ‘career, college, and university readiness’ centre; air and sea labs, and virtual reality labs.

“We have also introduced Wowbii interactive boards in our classrooms, and our virtual learning environment made it seamless for us to transition into online learning in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

She added that the school’s child-centred approach to investment has helped its students to succeed at national and international examinations.

Responding to a question on why people regard Greensprings as a child-centred school, Okrikri said: “Over the years, many people have asked why we pride ourself as a child-centred school. The answer is that we put our students first and they are at the heart of everything we do. This has been our philosophy since the establishment of the school in 1985. Any investment that is toward motivating our students to get the best out of them is considered a worthwhile one.”

The principal enjoined other schools to put their students at the heart of whatever they do, adding that it is the only way to raise children with a well-rounded education.

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