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Group launches project on child education, development


As part of efforts to guide our youths towards the right path, an international branded hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun state in conjunction with Kola Obadimu’s Junior Playhouse recently launched a child development platform to invest in children education, and bring them to the limelight through inter-school debates.

The platform, according to the General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson, Kayode Aina is to create an environment that emphasises the importance of education in order to develop the future leaders of Nigeria.

He said, “When talking about children education and well being, there is no amount of investment that is too much because they are the future of the country. To us, our focus is centered around development, not about making money, which is why we invest in children education”.


As tomorrow’s leaders, Aina said it is important for students to study hard by cultivating healthy reading habits, stressing that education converts information to knowledge.

Bayo Treasure-Olawunmi, a voracious reader and holder of the Guinness World Record’s longest marathon reading for 122 hours also reeled out the importance of reading to the Nigerian child pointing out that leaders of tomorrow are the readers of today.

The event themed, “Education and the Nigerian child” and held at the hotel’s conference hall was attended by parents, teachers and students from both public and private schools as well as stakeholders in the sector.

Students from both private and public schools debated on issues relating to social, academic, economic and political issues, with diverse standpoints to improve and aid the development of Nigeria, whilst showcasing excellence as leaders of tomorrow.

A Professor of Rural Development Communication at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAB), Kolawole Adebayo stated that the basic difference between private and public schools in Nigeria is in leadership.

“Private schools have a shorter decision frame between the proprietor and the teachers. If the teacher does not perform, instant decisions are taken, but the public school teaching and leadership system is governed by more sentiments than logic.

Prof. Adebayo also deplored the increased cases of brain drain among the nation’s professionals, blaming it on lack of available equipment and resources for practice.

He said: “You have professionals in Nigeria who are well trained and knowledgeable, but the resources to do the job are not available to them. So they leave Nigeria and go to other countries where they have the necessary resources to work and express themselves better.Erinoso Kiblat of Golden Grace International School spoke about education and the Nigerian child, with a verdict that a country of illiterates is in darkness.

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