For the first time, the National Association of Private School Proprietors (NAPPS), Ifekowajo Zone, Owode Yewa Local Government Area of Ogun State, last week rolled out the drums, as it joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day with fanfare.
To celebrate the day, the association mobilised its members with a total of 49 schools that participated in the first ever Children’s Day anniversary to be hosted by schools under the zone. Army Survey and Mapping Barack, Owode, the venue of the ceremony was a beehive of activities as the ceremony witnessed series of activities by the participating schools.
The high points of the activities were march past, oral rendition, drama presentations and speeches by the participating schools and guests.
While welcoming guests including parents, students and other dignitaries comprising school administrators and owners, the Chairman of the association in the local government, Mr. Idowu Philip Olusegun, said the celebration was organised to bring the issue of child development to the fore and to enable stakeholders including parents, guardians, teachers and the children know what roles they have to play in the quest for functional education.
According to Olusegun, the leaders in the Yewa zone of the state must recognise education as a major tool for building a sound future for the area, in view of the fact that other zones of the state such as Ijebu and Egba have moved ahead of Yewas because of their continued huge investment in the education of their children and wards.
He said: “The essence of today’s ceremony is to create the awareness in our children about what goes on around them. It is to expose the younger ones to the need to improve their education by their parents and guardians as well as to groom them as happy children for the future. They are our future and dedicating a day like this to celebrate them cannot be too much.”
Also, the Chairman of the Ifekowajo zone of the association, Mr. Adeoye David, thanked the participating schools for their contributions and support towards the education development of the area, saying the unity of the members must always be their priority.
He said he was glad that his administration had been able to blaze the trail by organising the event, adding that they would continue to ensure that the standard of education is improved upon and that all stakeholders are carried along towards building sound future for the children of the area.
The participating schools include Happy Day School, Best Knowledge Foundation School, Majesty Kiddies School, Emaayo Model School, Steady Step Group of Schools, Brilliant School, Goodness of God School, Golden Joy School and Toyem School.
Others are Dominion School, Achievers’ School, Happy Children School, The Best Future School, Blessed Children School, The Young School, Sanmi School, Bonney Breed School, Unique School, Pearls School, Invisible School, Decency School, Day Star School, Olorungbebe School, Divine Favour School, Charity School, Precious School, Able God School, La-Twins School, Great Grace School, Faith Kiddies School, God’s Guide School, Best Legacy School and Kings School.
Also in the list are The Light School, I-Square School, Gloria School, Glorious School, Chosen Heritage School, Day by Day School, Morning Star School, Gold Field School, Shining Star School, Gracious School, Victorious School, God Favour School, The Gem School Right Choice School, Future Care School and Blue Point School.
The event was attended by many dignitaries across the academic, social and political circles