The wife of the Minister of Transportation, Dame Judith Amaechi has appealed to Nigerians to invest in the education of out-of-school children in the country in order to save their future.
Mrs. Amaechi stated this Friday shortly after her investiture with the Fellowship Award of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Omoku during the institute 9th-18th combined convocation and fellowship award ceremony. Mrs
Amaechi who was represented at the event by the Former Mayor of Port Harcourt, Nancy Stephen Ijapo said statistics of out of school children in the country is alarming and worrisome and only a collaborative effort will deflate this curve “Statistics available still showed that over 11 million children are out of school, we must put ourselves together to invest and safe the future of these children.”
Mrs. Amaechi who decried that some states are yet to domesticate the child rights act added that quality education is the inalienable right of the child.
She stated that the Empowerment support Initiative which was founded in 2008 was focused on tuition-free early child development and education of the child through collaborative partnerships “In ESI, we believe in a collaborative partnership between the town and the gown in our quest to give our children a pride of place in accordance with the 17 sustainable development goals and the child rights act domesticated in Rivers state during the Governorship of Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi which guaranteed tuition-free quality education that won for the state the world Book Capital.”
Mrs. Amaechi further explained that kindergarten education remains a neglected but significant aspect of the education sector and added catching the children early in life will guard against all forms of criminal tendencies that have permeated society.
The wife of the minister discloses that the ESI provides platforms for healthy rivalry for academic excellence among students and guide them to discover their God-given talents as well as assist them in building their intelligence quotient through adequate nutrition and dietary provision in the one meal per day programme.
She added that kindergarten education will give the children a sense of belonging and love for their fatherland ” Let’s joins hands to build future leaders and inculcate in them a sense of belonging, unity ,patriotism,oneness and love for their Fatherland” she further advised graduating students of Federal college of education technical Omoku to deplore their knowledge and skills acquired during their studies into positive use