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Uche Jombo, others, mentor over 150 female students in Lagos



Popular Nigerian Actress, Uche Jombo, among other personalities and life coaches on Thursday mentored over 150 female secondary school students in Lagos, on career development, maintaining relationships, abstinence from sex and drug abuse.

They spoke at the third edition of the “Let’s Stand Tall” programme organised by Divas Dynasty to educate young girls and celebrate successful women .

Jombo charged the teenagers to acquire education, as this was a veritable tool to building any career in life.

“Education is the starting point for any career you wish to venture into in life , be it acting or anything .

“I studied Mathematics Statistics but today I am an actress because that is what I have passion for, so even when you have passion for something, still equip yourself academically,” she said .

According to her, young girls must also celebrate being a woman and never see their gender as an obstacle to becoming anything, because being a woman does not limit achievements in life.

She, however, lauded the female students to be wary of the negative influence of social media and ‘ unfollow’ anyone who kills their self esteem or does not inspire them positively.

Bimbo Akinsanya, an on- Air Personality and Founder, Learn Hard Africa, urged the young girls to focus on their focus in life to actually become the `Focus ‘.

Akinsanya said female students must improve on their self esteem and focus on succeeding in life, irrespective of the situation or environment they found themselves .

“Standing Tall, involves doing things differently and you must be determined to Focus on your Focus, to actually become the focus .

” Life is a process, so stop comparing yourself to others, rather work towards your goal and if it will cost you to change your friends, please do so, ” she said.

Bunmi Olugbeja, of Primeah Phamarcy, urged the young girls to love their brain, skin, kidney, liver and immune system, by abstaining from addictive substances, irrational drugs,unprotected sex, unnecessary therapeutic beautification, triple action creams, herbal preparations, salt intake and sharp objects .

“Walk away from addictive substances, unfortunately, women escalate to addiction faster than men and drug predisposes one to lung related diseases, depression, overdose death, among others.

Also, Julie Mogbo, a Family Health Consultant, urged the teenagers to consider a relationship that respects their person, keeps them sane and motivates them before choosing to be friends with the fellow.

Matthew Femi-Adedoyin, an Addiction Recovery Therapist, said unrefined minds were the biggest threat confronting the society, as the mind was the greatest tool and sex organ.

Femi-Adedoyin urged the young girls to avoid any distraction, as the kind of people they associate with determines how far they go and the problem they are able to solve in life .

“You need someone to believe, something to become, you need to believe in something, belong to somewhere, either a group of friends, family or community and you need responsibility and freedom to help you grow in life, ” he said.

In her remarks, Ngozi Ijimakinwa, Convener of the event, said the programme was organised to empower secondary school girls and mentor them into change agents in the society.

“As an Alumni of LEAP Africa, an integrity society, I was taught the power of change, which preaches that if I am changed, my society will change and that is what Divas Dynasty is geared to achieve,” she said.

According to her ,over 700 students have been mentored in the programme since its first edition.

Ijimakinwa appealed for sponsorship from well meaning Nigerians and organisations, towards driving a course for nurturing sound minds and building a better society.

Janet Abah, an SS2 student of CMS Girls Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos, said the initiative was interactive and described it as a life changer.

Abah said; “following the discussion and experiences shared by the various personalities, she had made up her mind to pursue her dreams and fulfill her destiny in life .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the schools that participated are; Fazil Omar Senior Secondary School, Wesley Girls Senior High School, Eletu Odibo Senior School, CMS Girls Grammar School, Bariga and Jagunmolu Girls School, Akoka.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole


Katsina Govt procures N14m technical, vocational facilities for Secondary Schools



Katsina State Government has spent over N14 million on the purchase of asorted equipments and materials for technical and vocational education, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Hajiya Halima Othman, has said.

Othman made the disclosure in Katsina on Saturday while distributing the facilities to seven secondary schools in the state.

The permanent secretary was represented by the Director Quality Assurance in the Ministry, Alhaji Zayyana Zubairu.

Othman said that the state government would continue to accord priority to education because of its relevance to nation building.

She further said that the administration would continue to boost technical and vocational education in recognition of its importance in creating job opportunities for youths.

The permanent secretary urged the benefiting schools to make judicious use of the facilities for the development of technical education in the state.

Earlier, the Zonal Coordinator, Education Quality Assurance, Katsina, Alhaji Nasiru Kado, appreciated the effort of the state government in providing the equipment and material to the schools.

He said that it would go a long way in assisting students studying technical subjects to acquire technical know-how and learn vocational skills that would assist in making them self reliant in future.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the benefiting schools were Dikko College, Katsina; Government Day Secondary School Kofar Yandaka, Government Unity Secondary School Malumfashi and Sir Usman Nagoggo College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Katsina.

Others were Government Pilot Secondary School Daura, Government Pilot Secondary School Mani, and Government Pilot Secondary School Funtua.

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Kaduna earmarks N1.8bn for foreign, local scholarship



The Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board, Hajiya Jummai Dikko, says the board has earmarked over N1.8 billion for foreign and local scholarship to students  from the state.

She made the disclosure in an interview with Journalists shortly after the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Muslims Refresher Course Programme (MRCP) conducted by Islamic Education Initiative, held in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Dikko said: “The State Government has earmarked over N1 billion for foreign scholarship to indigenes students of the state.

“Currently, the State Government had also appropriated the sum of N800 million for local scholarship to students in this year’s budget.

“Of the N800 million, the board had expended N774 million for local scholarship, each beneficiary enjoys the sum of N100,000.

“This is a drastic shift from the earlier amount of fifteen thousand naira received by students in the state as scholarship in the previous administrations.

“However, since the inception of His Excelency, Gov. Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, the amount skyrocketed to N100,000 per student.”

According to her, the state government is currently sponsoring five MBBS students in Cuba for a six-year programme, hoping that they will graduate and become Medical Doctors.

“The sum of N300 million has already been set aside to cover the duration of their programme.

“This is done to prevent any academic interruption in the event of change of government or leadership in the state.

“The Governor has made this arrangement to enable students complete their studies without any hitch.

“I am also happy to note that one of the students sponsored for the medical training in Cuba was a product of this Muslim Refresher Course Programme.” she said.

A lecturer with the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, ABU Zaria, Dr Kabir Ahmed noted that there was a huge gap between students of Northern extraction and their counterparts from other regions in the country.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ahmed presented a paper titled: Youth of Northern Nigeria: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

He lamented that the sorry condition of schools in the North, lack of proper enlightenment and guidance led to the level of backwardness in performance of students from the region.

The Don urged Northern elites to support the education of younger ones to bridge existing gaps.

reports that the occasion featured unveiling of a Magazine titled “Refresher” and presentation of awards to deserving students and teachers of the programme.


Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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NGO takes ‘Back to School’ campaign to Ibadan



As part of efforts to reduce the rate of out-of-school children and assist parents, an NGO on Saturday took its ‘Back to School’ campaign to Lalupon area of Ibadan in Oyo State.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the NGO, Seun Akinlosotu and Friends, distributed no fewer than 500 brand new school bags and exercise books to the pupils.

recalls that the group founded by Seun Akinlosotu, a philanthropist, commenced its campaign in 2018 in Ondo State where it distributed similar materials to no fewer than 300 pupils.

Akinlosotu told on the sidelines of the exercise that the campaign was to encourage pupils to return to school.

“This initiative is devoid of any personal gain. I believe thoroughly in the quotes of Robert F Kennedy which says that the purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.

“The effort is to contribute significantly to the society and take off part of the burden of parents in sending their children to school. We believe this will also encourage the pupils to return to school.

“This campaign is funded by donations from friends and family members across the world,” she said.

She said that millions of naira was expended in acquiring the 500 brand new school bags as well as exercise books  distributed to the pupils in Ibadan.

Akinlosotu expressed joy that the pupils would return to school with bags that would last them for between three and four years, promising that the campaign would keep improving.

“Our target is to keep increasing the distribution annually. Last year, we distributed 300 and now 500. May be we are going to do 1,000 in other states.

“We have been able to create a platform for everybody to come together, contribute the little they have and accomplish something big,” she said.

Akinlosotu also expressed fulfillment with the response and happiness displayed by both the parents as well as the pupils, promising more of such initiatives.

She said that the group was in Ibadan because the Oyo capital had the highest number of votes on its online platform.

Adelanke Adeola, who spoke on behalf of the parents, commended the group for extending the gesture to them, praying God would bless them the more.

“Some of the parents here told me they are widows and can’t afford to buy bags for their children.

” This is indeed a good gesture. I pray the Lord will help them to continue doing this,” she said.

reports that several other parents and pupils at the event expressed joy at the gesture from the group.

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Kaduna Govt. to train 6,828 Primary 1 teachers to improve literacy, numeracy



  Kaduna State Government said on Saturday that it would train 6,828 Primary One teachers on how to improve literacy and numeracy among primary one pupils in public primary schools.

Malam Habib Alhassan, Acting Director, School Inspection and Monitoring, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna.

Alhassan said the training would be conducted under the World Bank-supported Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) designed to improve enrolment and learning outcomes in public schools.

He said the process had begun with the selection of 321 master trainers and teacher facilitators for Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA).

He added that the RANA initiative would be carried out across the over 4,226 primary schools in the state under Result Area Two of the BESDA programme, which sought  to improve literacy.

He explained that the master trainers and the teacher facilitators would train the 6,828 primary one teachers and monitor their performance and efficiency in improving literacy among primary one pupils.

“We have received over 500 applications from Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Ministry of Education, SUBEB and others from Local Government Education Authorities.

“We are currently conducting examination and interview for the selection and appointment of the 321 master trainers and teacher facilitators out of over 500 applicants.

“After the selection exercise, 107 will be appointed as Master Trainers and 214 as Teacher Facilitators.

“Hopefully by next week, the master trainers will be trained, who would then train the 214 teacher facilitators.

“The teacher facilitators will then step down the training to the 6,828 primary one teachers in the state,” he said.

The director added that the master trainers and teacher facilitators would closely monitor teachers’ delivery in classrooms to ensure improved literacy, including the use of Hausa language.

The director explained that the board had begun mobilisation of 2,000 influencers across relevant stakeholders for massive enrolment campaign to enroll about 145,000 out-of-school children by end of the year.

He said the enrolment campaign was the Result Area One of the BESDA programme that focused on increasing access to equitable and quality education for the 727,764 out-of-school children in the state.

“The Result Area Two will then ensure that after the successful enrolment of the out-of-school children, the teachers are well equipped to teach the children how to read, write and manipulate numbers and figures.

“We will then follow the teachers to the classrooms and monitor their activities to ensure that the expected result of improved learning outcome is achieved,” alhassan said.

reports that the Federal Government had in 2018 secured a 611 million dollars World Bank grant for the BESDA programme in 17 states with highest number of out-of-school children.

The programme was  to support the Universal Basic Education Commission in addressing Pillar One of the Ministerial Strategic Plan that seeks to address the problem of out-of-school children in the country.

The specific objectives are  to increase equitable access to education for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus states and strengthen accountability for results through system strengthening.

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Include artificial intelligence education in school curriculum – scholars tell FG



Educationists,  researchers and others have said that Nigeria  must include relevant skills acquisition in its education curricula to remain relevant in the comity of nations.

They made their views known in a communique they issued at the end of a three-day  University of Lagos International Research Conference and Fair.

The International Conference of the Humanities and Science which began on Wednesday had the theme: “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities for 21st Research and Development’’.

The  communique was signed by the Director, Academic Planning of the institution, Prof. Obinna Chukwu.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the conference –  the 14th edition – was attended by more than 400 scholars,  captains of industries and others  from within and outside Nigeria.

A total number of 168 oral paper presentations and 49 poster presentations were made the conference which had  Air Peace and Access Bank as major sponsors.

The participants observed that many countries suffered from significant skill mismatch due to inability of the education system to accurately reflect the demands of the labour market.

The participants noted that technology, specifically, artificial intelligence,  was rapidly changing trends and perceptions in different facets of life including education, employment, economy, communication and healthcare.

They added that artificial intelligence would aid resource utilisation and development of smart cities.

They urged that researches in the  academia that cut across disciplines should be carrief out in partnership with industries to build required competencies.

They also recommended that organisations in emerging markets should make  investments in automation to bridge the gap between  them  and their counterparts in developed markets.

“Higher education should help students compete in artificial intelligence age by including it in the curriculum.

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