2013 Literacy Campaign Event

Thanks for your continued support. Your contributions of time, money, and—most importantly—ideas have affected the lives of thousands of people all over the world. IQRA is excited to invite you to our 2013 Literacy Event.
This event will bring likeminded individuals together to discuss a common objective- How can we improve global education?-To influence the current policy we must create a unified front- We must speak up for the right of every child to quality primary education. When individuals boys and girls, mothers and fathers are empowered, they can help families and entire communities to realize the potential of a better world.

Adopting Proactive Strategy For Educational Excellence In Nigeria

The major aim of establishing academic institutions is to build a high level man power development. In this report, ADAEZE UDOM examines the impact of government educational policies in the country and the ways out of abysmal performances of students in schools across the country.

Although an academic institution is a place where people acquire the needed social, mental and intellectual skills which will be required of them to become self-reliant and resourceful members of the society, the Nigeria experience tend to tilt towards the opposite direction.

Inconsistent government policies, indiscipline, lack of adequate inspection and close monitoring of students by relevant authorities have caused some students to engage in cultism, drug addiction, gang rape and other forms of criminality.

Thus, education pundits have suggested that the present situation in the country calls for a declaration of a state of emergency by the federal government in the nation’s educational sector.

The experts say private universities which are relatively doing well are profit making ventures which apart from being expensive, have also widened the social gap between the rich and the poor.

They argued that sound government policies like the one initiated  by the then minister of education, Professor Jubril Aminu, in 1986, when he established the Gifted Education programme, has paid off in the country by producing sound graduates the country can be proud of.

The objective of setting up the gifted programme as stated in the blue print was to ‘’provide opportunities for exceptionally gifted children to develop at their own pace in the interest of the nation’s economic and technological development.’’

The academy further serves as a center of academic and moral excellence in identifying and nurturing gifted Nigerian children of secondary school age by providing a broad based education that enables them develop cognitive and creative skills and also build strong leadership traits that can cause an impact on the society.

It has over the time facilitated and supported the education and skill development of the intellectually high class children in order to harness their full potentials for self-reliance and socio-economic development of the country.

Speaking with LEADERSHIP, Opeyemi Abolarin, a product of the programme, said the objectives of the programme are religiously replicated in the nation’s educational sector.

As an evidence of the academic attainment through the policy, Abolarin graduated in mechanical engineering with a First Class honours from Covenant University in 2012.

He said he was the second best in Kwara State in the 2001 common entrance examination, which necessitated his admission into the Federal Government Academy for the gifted children.

He told LEADERSHIP that two of his four siblings also attended the Federal Government Academy for the Gifted Children.

According to him, “Three of the five of us, got into the gifted school, this made our parents very proud of us, and saved my dad a lot, since it is a full scholarship program. The school was very stimulating mentally, and very competitive”.

As far as Abolarin is concerned, everybody is intelligent but it depends on self-development and making good use of every opportunity that comes one’s way in the pursuit of academic excellence.

According to him, it’s not so advisable for pupils to get into school too early, adding that asides from their brain not fully ready to take the academic work load, they are unable to put themselves together, emotionally, socially and psychologically.

Abolarin who is currently doing his youth service at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), said education is a continuous process, adding that experiences he had gathered were educative.

He said the foundation he had acquired back home in Nigeria has prepared him fully for his trip to Canada for his master’s degree in mechanical engineering, majoring in mechatronics or energy, at the University of Ottawa.

Abolarin counseled undergraduates trying to make a first class to remain focused and flexible in learning.

On ways out of poor performances in examinations, he said, “Asides from getting an “A”, you have to develop your brain in the sense that you have to make yourself relevant, so that you are sure that you are passing and in the international context, you can actually make yourself useful.

He said the bottom line is that one should be an asset to his or herself and the society at large by giving back to the society.


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