Gift Jewels International School celebrates Cultural Day
Pupils of Gift Jewels International School thrilled their teachers, parents and well-wishers, as they showcased the Nigerian rich cultural heritage in different creative performances.
Dressed in traditional attires from different ethnic groups in the country including Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Benin and Ibibio, the pupils impressed as they demonstrated to their parents and the entire audience that they were in line with their culture.
The event, which took place at the school’s premises, in Itire, Surulere, also marked the 10th anniversary of the school. Aside cultural displays, there were fashion parades and a beauty contest.
Director of the school, Mr. Raphael Jonah, explained that having cultural education embedded in the school’s curriculum was what prompted the celebration, which was its maiden edition.
“Nigeria is a country blessed with rich cultural heritage. With culture being a way of life of the people, it is necessary that we get our children acquainted with our cultural orientation. We see these children as future mothers and fathers who will in turn influence their generation by imparting into them, the virtues and morals they have learnt.
“So, my message to the children is that they should emulate the good sides of our culture as it would go a long way in making them better persons.”
Chairman of the school’s Parents Teachers Association (PTA) Mrs. Nsa Ekpenyong in her address stressed the need for unity and love among parents, teachers and the pupils, which the cultural day enhances.
“As we celebrate our cultural day today, which reminds us of our real selves and takes us away from the western lifestyle we have come to embrace, let us appreciate what our fore-fathers have preserved for us.”
She, however, added that as individuals, we should continue to protect our heritage so that generations to come will benefit from it. “It is best to combine culture with education because it blends perfectly to bring out the best in a child.”
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