The Founder of the Centre for Childcare and Youth Development (CCYD), Professor John Abhuere, has called on government at all levels and other strategic stakeholders to invest in the youth to fulfil the dreams of Nigeria’s founding fathers.
CCYD is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which the promoter say was established to help proffer solution to socio-economic problems largely affecting young people in the country.
Abhuere made his recommendation about remedying Nigeria’s lot at the children’s event organised by the centre on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The event was organised to mark the International Day for Education and World Day for African and Afro-Descendant Culture.
The don, a former Director with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), said that the best way to put Nigeria back on the path of glory was to make quality education a priority.
“Our generation has failed this country, but we cannot continue to live in disappointment.
“We need to properly groom our children, input in them the right morals, teach them character, integrity and develop their skills to lead us to the promise land.
“Investment in children education is the best way to develop the Nigeria of our dream,” he said.
The don posited that proper investment in education would go a long way in creating job opportunities while reducing crime rate, particularly among youths.
On the activities to mark the day, Abhuere commended the schools that participated in the event.
He also commended the creativity, intelligence and smartness displayed by the students in the various activities lined up to mark the day.
“What we are doing today will assist them into becoming ambitious and working towards success in life,” the CCYD Founder added.
Also speaking, Programme Officer of CCYD Chiamaka Ekele equally recommended that government and all other relevant stakeholders should prioritise education.
She said that prioritising education would accelerate progress towards all the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
On celebration of African and Afro-Descendant Culture, Ekele said that promoting African culture was crucial for the development of the continent.
She said it was time for relevant stakeholders to “join hands to promote education and protect African culture.”
There were cultural displays, quiz, presentations and other activities by the different schools that attended the event to mark the day.
Certificates and prizes were also presented to schools that emerged winners in the various activities.
The International Day of Education and World Day for African and Afro-Descendant Culture are annual events marked on January 24.
The 2023 International Day of Education has the theme, To Invest in People, Prioritise Education.
Meanwhile, the World Day for African and Afro-Descendant Culture is aimed at celebrating the various cultures of the African continent and African Diasporas around the world.
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