By Adebayo Joshua | Ilorin
A Professor of the Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin Professor Samuel Onasanya has called on all stakeholders in the education sector to maximise the benefits of early childhood education, as it ensure good foundation for the proper development of children.
Onasanya while delivering a lecture at the 20th Anniversary of Rhema Chapel Nursery and Primary school in Ilorin at the weekend said “if parents, teachers and school administrators implement the principles of early childhood education, the right and solid foundation will be laid for children and so, their total development will be assured.”
He stated that every child deserve quality education which should be delivered to them at the right stage of their life.
Earlier in his speech, the Founder and Proprietor of the school, Rev George Adegboye, who was represented by Rev. Mrs. Oloruntoyin Adegboye urged pupils to never allow peer pressure overwhelm them as they proceed in their academic pursuit.
Adegboye congratulated the parents and graduands and urged them to maintain the right trainings they have been exposed to.
In the same vein, the Coordinator of the school, Pastor Mrs. Odeleye urged parents and guardian to always support the school.
She said “the task of raising children who would do the right thing in the society is a joint one.”
Meanwhile, the school PTA Chairman, Mr. Raphel Adeyemi has said there is need for children to be given sexual education and taught on how to develop their skills.
“Apart from formal education, children need to be taught on how to develop their skills, how to acquire, construct, and communicate knowledge and should be properly taught morals and ethics such as hard work, dignity of labour, discipline, honesty and cleanliness.
“This will help the eradication of the current high rate of abduction, child molestation, unemployment, drug abuse, gangsterism, rape and cultism which are gradually pervading the whole society.” He added.
Adeyemi however appreciated the staff of the school for putting in their best in transmitting knowledge to the pupil.
The event which was scheduled to hold for 3 days had the unveiling of the anniversary magazine, presentations by students, inauguration of the alumni association, presentation of awards to long serving and foundational staff of the school and a thanksgiving service at Rhema Chapel International Churches headquarters.