Pupils Of On­ward School Shine At An­niver­sary

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - GUARDIAN KIDS - By Pre­cious Ihe­jirika

Cof On­ward School, Su­rulere, La­gos, re­cently had rea­sons to re­joice and dis­play their skills and tal­ents, when the school cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary.

The mem­o­rable and colour­ful event pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to de­light par­ents, friends and well-wish­ers with var­i­ous in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cul­tural dance, drama pre­sen­ta­tion, games and chore­og­ra­phy, among oth­ers.

The pro­gramme, which spread over seven days, was spe­cially pack­aged to show grat­i­tude to the Lord for His mer­cies and bless­ings upon the school, cel­e­brate those that con­trib­uted and are still con­tribut­ing to its growth, as well as gen­er­ally make merry. Go­ing down mem­ory lane, the school Di­rec­tor, Mr. Adetokunbo Fawi, nar­rated how the school started on a hum­ble note with nine pupils at a rented two-bed­room flat on Abay­omi Street, Lawan­son, La­gos and its phe­nom­e­nal growth through the years lead­ing to its per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion on Oduduwa Street in Su­rulere.

He was par­tic­u­larly happy that the school is do­ing well and has been able to raise gen­er­a­tions of re­spon­si­ble, well-groomed stu­dents, who are con­tribut­ing to the de­vel- op­ment of so­ci­ety, as the fu­ture lead­ers.

He said: “Ed­u­ca­tion is the bedrock of devel­op­ment and a last­ing legacy that should be be­queathed to youths. This is un­like money or prop­erty, which can be lost. A child that ac­quires qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion would not fight over the par­ents’ prop­erty or money, hav­ing been equipped with nec­es­sary skills and knowl­edge to make a liv­ing for him­self/her- self.

“The skills learned are nec­es­sary not only for the child’s sur­vival and pros­per­ity, but also for the devel­op­ment of so­ci­ety. Like the Chi­nese adage says, give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, but teach him how to fish, and he feeds him­self for life.”

On her part, an elated Mrs. Toyin Fawi Solomon, Pro­pri­etress of the school said: “Since in­cep­tion of the school in 1968, the in­sti­tu­tion has pro­duced many great and in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the so­ci­ety. The school’s vi­sion is to im­part knowl­edge, ex­plor­ing all meth­ods to­wards en­sur­ing the child’s suc­cess­ful fu­ture. And we are com­mit­ted to this.”

High­lights of the oc­ca­sion in­cluded a raf­fle draw, pre­sen­ta­tion of awards and prizes to de­serv­ing pupils and guests.

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