Ella-Henri pupils showcase talents on award/graduation day
The premises of Ella-Henri School, Gbagada, Lagos, was on Friday lighted up with activities, as the graduating pupils thrilled family members, teachers, juniors and guests with songs, poetry recitations, among others.
Speaking with The Guardian, the proprietress of the school, Mrs. Elsie Ijeoma Okpala, said: “It is amazing that the pioneer pupils of the school are leaving primary to secondary school. I am happy that they are leaving, especially when some of them were admitted when they were under a year and I had to watch them say their first words.”
On the Nigeria education system, she said, “I went to a federal school, I got the best of education, I went to University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Univerity of Lagos but now you see children going to Ghana or Benin Republic and some other places that have standard below that of Nigeria for their tertiary education.
But we can’t just sit down and complain about it without doing anything; I am doing my part in making sure things get better. My twins are part of the graduands today so, I put them here because I know what I want, I want the best for my own children so, that’s what I’m putting here.
“I am grateful for life and what I’ve been able to achieve here. The children make me laugh, cry, scream; I roll on the floor with them so, they bring out the child in you and I’m grateful for the opportunity because it’s not an easy thing for parents to entrust their child so, to you so, I’m so grateful for that. It’s a big responsibility.
She disclosed that despite the young age of the school, her pupils have been performing well in their academics and winning laurels.
Commending the school management for laying a solid academic foundation in her children, Patience Utuk, a parent, said: “I had to bring my three children here because of the conducive learning environment. The school is just like a family school and I am not regretting having my children studying here. My children have never travelled outside the country, but they are exceptional when they talk, their choice of words is different from others. They have beautiful diction.”
Mrs. Busola Ebifa, also a parent, disclosed that the school brings out the uniqueness of each child and that she is happy making it her choice school.