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Oakville pupils visit The Guardian, commend newspaper for helping tomorrow’s leaders

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Pupils of Oakville Children School during the excursion to Rutam House Headquarters of The Guardian in Lagos…yesterday PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEM

Members of staff and pupils of Oakville Children School, Papa-Ajao, Lagos have commended The Guardian for promoting talented Nigerian children and helping them in their chosen profession.

They gave the nod when pupils of the school paid a courtesy visit to the newspaper’s corporate office, Rutam House, yesterday.

The pupils, who visited alongside their teachers, were shown around the company’s premises and taught different stages and processes involved in newspaper production from newsgathering to printing and distribution.

The head teacher of the school, Olasunkanmi Macklin Fayomi, who led the students, said the press club members muted the idea. “We decided to come to The Guardian for fact finding and also for the children to be able to practically learn some of the things we tell them and probably set in motion a future in newspapering, especially for some of them who would in the future want to be journalists. That was why we came up with the idea, and The Guardian readily obliged us.

“I once worked in an agency that has to do with print media and thereafter worked as an agent for The Guardian, and so many other print media. As a matter of fact, The Guardian being an agent of truth, was the only place that came to my mind that we must visit.”

While advising parents to help their children’s quest for knowledge said, “parents stand to gain more from getting information of things happening around them as such information would help the children to know better, many of the thing the children get to know are through the school is not being complimented because of parents attitude to information, this they can get through the print media. It doesn’t cost so much for them to get acquainted, buying a paper, if they cannot buy on daily basis but at least once a week, in fact when I left secondary school, I said as soon I start working that I will at least be buying a newspaper once a week.

“There are columns for children in The Guardian, which help children to know better, get educated and also encourage them to write articles. It’s a way of developing them. And The Guardian deserves a big kudos for showcasing the children.”



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