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Children are building bricks of the future, says NCAC DG

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Otunba Olusegun Runsewe

The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has said that children are the hope and the future of the country and as such their contributions to the development of the nation cannot be ignored.

Runsewe, who spoke at this year’s Children’s Day celebration organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre in Abuja, added that children are the building bricks of the future of any nation upon which we must heavily invest.

“A child’s greatest need is education; this is where his or her intellect will be cultivated and knowledge of the universe acquired,” he added.

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The Director General explained that this year’s event held under the theme, Our Children, Our Hope, took an international dimension to emphasise that childhood is a very important period in the life of an individual and the need to lay a good foundation cannot be overemphasized.

He maintained that NCAC and the Korean Cultural Centre midwifed this collaboration, which will henceforth provide the children with a veritable platform to network and learn the principles of excellence, honour, integrity and good character needed to build a total human.

The Director General, therefore urged parents to morally fortify their children and protect them from the dubious immoral issues sweeping across the globe and the corruptive influence of social media.

Also speaking, the Korean High Commissioner to Nigeria, represented by the Director, Korean Cultural Centre, Mr. Lee Jin Su, expressed his delight in the positive collaboration between NCAC and the Korean Cultural Centre, a platform, which has been able to bring children from different schools together to celebrate the 2021 Children’s Day.

While welcoming all the participating schools, Mr. Lee urged them to be good ambassadors of their different schools and to take advantage provided by the collaboration between the NCAC and the Korean Cultural Centre to network, build good friendship and develop their skills.

Among schools that participated in the celebration were Government Secondary School (GSS) Tudunwada, Ohimowo International School, Mararaba, Government Secondary School (GSS) Garki. Others are Baldan International School and Imatun International Academy, all in Abuja.

The celebration featured competitive events such as Traditional Chair dance, Traditional Gele tying, Traditional hair plating, Indigenous fashion show and Contemporary dancing competition.

Certificates of participation were presented to the participating schools and prizes were also presented to the winners of the various competitive.

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