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Sports useful for all- round development, says educationist

By Nonyelim Chima
12 May 2022   |   1:21 am
Educationist and child advocate, Ajibike Bakare, has disclosed that sports is imperative for the total development of the child. Bakare, who is the founder of Juniper Hill School, lamented that most parents place too much emphasis on academics.


Educationist and child advocate, Ajibike Bakare, has disclosed that sports is imperative for the total development of the child. Bakare, who is the founder of Juniper Hill School, lamented that most parents place too much emphasis on academics.
 
She spoke at the school’s inter house sports competition held at Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) sports ground, Surulere.  Bakare said: “There is too much emphasis on academics and if you really want to bring up a total child, you need to have a balance. It’s essential to have some outdoor activities, mix with people and teach children about teamwork and unity.
   
Bakare, a lawyer, expressed concern over increased cases of child abuse and molestation, saying there is need for due diligence from all concerned.
 
“There is need for background investigation, we need to know the people we are leaving our children with; househelps, drivers, nannies, security men and schools as well, because it is happening everywhere.  For example, what we did that has really helped when we started with crèche was the installation of CCTV cameras. It is not because we don’t trust our staff, and this has really helped us because on some occasions, parents have had to ask us “what happened to my child?” and it is so good to be able to say just hang on a second, let me rewind so that you can watch.
   
“I think what we need to do is to put adequate measure in place in our homes, put CCTV, do due diligence with people around, have regular talks with our children using age appropriate language, let them know parts of their body, when people are crossing boundaries even with relatives, let children know there are some boundaries that are healthy and unhealthy right from when they are little, so that they will not be violated, “ Bakare said.

On quality parenting, the educationist advocated the need for value reorientation.
 
“First and foremost, we need to treat people right. Secondly, parenting needs to go back to basics. Nobody is perfect, we can’t always get things right but I think the society was in a better shape than it is now. I think we need to go back to the village or community way of raising a child. 
   
“I think we need to go back to basics in terms of values. We need to go back to our morals, values and ethics. Once those are in line, the society would follow because we are the society,” Bakare added.
   
On what to expect from the school, Bakare said: “We should expect to see shining stars who have excellent manners, who are compassionate, who uphold our core values. Some of our core values are faith in God,, community development, one for all and all for one.
   
She appealed to government to fund sporting events to encourage the young ones.