The Danbo International School, Kaduna,recently celebrated its 37 years of impactful cogent learning, teaching and academic excellence with a visit to the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II. TUNDE OGUNTOLA was there and writes about the visit and its importance.
Education is very important for personal, social and economic development of any nation. It also plays a vital role in shaping the lives of leaders of tomorrow. That is the reason the government should invest more on education and monitor and regulate private schools that springs up in the country because schools are important tools that would help prepare children for life and their future.
That is the reason the Danbo International School has adopted a comprehensive learning styles to fit the needs of pupils and students especially those with special needs. The school has been able develop the ability of its students in less dominant styles, as well as further developed styles that are impactful.
As part of its activities to commemorate its 37th year of existence, the management, staff and students of the school were in Kano Emirate Council for its educational tour and as well as to paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II. The Emir who was excited with the visit, led the students, as well as the management team on a tour of the palace with its rich cultural history.
Speaking during the tour, the Emir hailed the school for inculcating values, morals and molding the character of pupils/students for the society.
also lauded the school for providing conducive learning and enabling environment for teaching adding that learning should focus on the values, attitudes and behaviours which enable individuals to learn to live together in a world characterized by diversity and pluralism.
The Emir noted that education should be a means to empower children and adults alike to become active participants in the transformation of their societies.
He averred that the true meaning of education is harmonious development of head, heart and hand which include, enlightenment of mind, compassion and dignity of labour adding that moral and spiritual training is an essential part of education.
Sanusi added that good education should produce men and women who will move together to develop common ideals and purposes, promote unity and co-exist in the creating of a common good.
The emir said the greatest challenge the world is facing was the crisis of illiteracy, which had brought about moral decay and break down of law and order in the society.
He, therefore, called for a world where education of the citizenry should be put first above every other thing,adding that if education has to serve the humanity and reduce human suffering, it must teach and train the citizens to respect and love one another, practice compassion and uphold the dignity of all lives.
Also speaking, the Resident Director, Ali-Yusuf called on government at all levels to declare a state of emergency in education so as to stem the rot in the system and position the country for development.
He disagreed with insinuations that Nigeria’s education standard has fallen, adding that the education sector in was making giant strides in bringing out the best brain in manpower development and qualitative education.
Ali-Yusuf also warned Nigerian parents against being in a hurry to send their young children and wards to foreign universities, while still in secondary school.
He noted that the future of the country depend on the quality of the output from its educational institutions, adding that there is need for government to take conscious decisions to improve the quality of teachers and regulation of the sector by investing massively in education sector.
He also appealed to parents and the media not to leave the development of the sector to government alone as the result could be disastrous.
“The future of this great country depends on the quality of our education and the children we train. We must make the children know that their parents will not be there forever. Also, parents must start talking because most of our youths are now drug addicts, who engage in all forms of criminality.
“We need to see how we can encourage parents to look into the education sector. If you leave the sector for government and politicians, they will reduce the quality of education in the country.
Also speaking, the Ag School-Administrator, Mr Yemi Ajakaye said, ‘the school is labeled one of the biggest schools in Northern Nigeria.
Students are well groomed for all national and international exams amongst so many other extra-curricular activities,” he said.
He noted that all rooms in the boarding facility are air-conditioned with laundry facility, Wifi, computer reading room, standby generator, a professional food dietician who correlates the World Health
Organisation standard for feeding, adding that a Mosque and Church are both present in the school, with weekly Bible study and Islamiya classes to promote good morals and discipline.
The school administrator added that with all the luxury and having so many facilities, discipline and knowledge remains the motto and front burner of the school.
As part of activities marking the visit, the school conferred an award to the Emir as the ‘‘Epitome of Intellectual Northern Nigeria”.
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