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Group petitions Buhari over lopsidedness in siting of educational institutions in Ebonyi 

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The Ebonyi North Elders Consultative Assembly has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari against the siting of the newly approved Federal College of Education in Isu community in Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

In the petition, the group stated that the decision by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) to site the college in the area defeated the principle of fairness, equity and justice.

It argued that two of the three federal tertiary educational institutions in the state had already been sited in Ebonyi south, hence the district did not deserve to have more.

A copy of the petition dated May 29, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki on Wednesday.

It was captioned, “An Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria: Petition against the siting of the Federal College of Education (allocated to Ebonyi) at Isu, Onitcha LGA in Ebonyi South Senatorial District.”

The group appealed to Buhari to prevail on federal ministry of education to rescind its decision and revoke the approval for the siting of the college at Isu.

It demanded that the institution be sited in any area in Ebonyi North Senatorial Distric, comprising Izzi, Ohaukwu, Ebonyi and Abakaliki LGAs, in line with the nation’s Federal Character principle.

The assembly, which comprises leaders of thought from the district, commended the president and the National Assembly for approving the establishment of the college in the state.

It said: “We believe that the selection of Ebonyi, alongside four others, was meant to ensure that states that hitherto had no federal tertiary educational institutions were accommodated in line with federal character principle.

“We are, however, disconcerted to note that FME approved that the college be sited at Isu in Onitcha LGA in Ebonyi South.

“This is in contradiction to the principle of fairness, equity and justice, considering the indisputable fact that the district has two of the three federal tertiary institutions in the state, namely Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic and Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu.

“The Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, is located in Ikwo LGA in Ebonyi Central, leaving Ebonyi North without any federal educational tertiary institution.

“Despite far-reaching representations made by various groups, the FME went ahead to approve the siting of the college at Isu community in Ebonyi South, thereby making the district to have three federal educational institutions.”

The group stated that the development could worsen the already skewed distribution of federal tertiary institutions in the state, if not reversed.

According to the group, Ebonyi North may be the only senatorial district in Nigeria without a federal tertiary educational institution.

The petition was signed by 15 members of the assembly, including Prof. Richard Idike, former Vice Chancellor of Ebonyi State University, Sen. Chris Nwankwo, Sen. Sylvester Ngele, Rt. Rev Monday Nkwoegu, the Bishop of Abakaliki Anglican Communion.

Others were Rev. Emmanuel Nshii, State Overseer, Assemblies of God Church; Chief Austin Edeze, Chairman, Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti; and Eze Fidelis Nwaonumara, Chairman, Izzi/Nnodo Traditional Rulers Council, among others. 


Edited By: Sam Oditah/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Foundation reiterates commitment to educational support to orphans, vulnerable children

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The Ane Osiobe International Foundation, an NGO, has reiterated its commitment to support the educational programmes of orphans, poor and vulnerable children in the country.

 

Dr Ejiro Osiobe, the Chief Financial Officer of the Foundation, made the commitment in a statement on Monday in Abuja, to mark the organisation’s five years of service.

 

He said the Foundation had been donating educational materials to various schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since 2015.

 

According to him, the Foundation is committed to positive change, through educational support, care for the poor and vulnerable groups in the society for economic development of the country.

 

“I will start with a quote I play all the time in my head, no one is asking you to be Mandela, Malala or Obama; we’re are asking you to be the best version of yourself.

 

“What is the best version of one’s self? It is the state of mind that desires and strives to be better every day, not comparing one’s progress with others.’’

 

The officer also said that the organisation’s aim was to see how it could help children achieve their dreams “so that those who want to become great will achieve their desired goals.’’

 

He said that the Foundation had supported not fewer than 100 schools in the provision of educational materials across the six area councils of the FCT.

 

“Once again, we at the Ane Osiobe International Foundation will like to thank all the schools that welcomed us during the past five years.

 

“We promise to keep the Foundation’s founding fathers principle and by the grace of God will be allies of positive change to the Nigerian economy.

 

“Our philosophy is what keeps us moving at Ane Osiobe International Foundation; The Ane Osiobe Trendsetters Department, has concluded that ‘poverty isn’t a money problem but an opportunity problem,” he said.

 

He also urged Nigerians to make deliberate efforts in showing love through educational support and care to widows and their children to ensure their moral, social, physical and academic well-being.

 

He added that the NGO founded in 2015, in honour of Mrs Ann Osiobe, was established by Ejiro U. Osiobe and co-founded by Nyore Osiobe, to support education in the country.

 

 


Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

 

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Ukraine approves national strategy for safe educational environment

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree approving the National Strategy for Building a Safe and Healthy Educational Environment in Ukrainian schools, the Ukrainian President’s website reported on Monday.

The strategy was approved “to ensure respect for the observance of the constitutional rights and freedoms of children” and to guarantee the protection of children and their rights to education.

It also sought to create a safe and healthy educational environment and ramp up efforts to protect the health of the younger generation, the decree said.

The presidential order instructed the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers to approve an action plan to implement the new strategy.

The strategy will be implemented between 2020 and 2024 with the participation of state departments, local governments and the public.

(XINHUA)

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C’River urges new SEB members to formulate quality educational policies

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The government of Cross River has inaugurated its State Secondary Education Board, urging the members to formulate quality educational polices capable of enhancing the standard of education in the state.

Speaking to the members of the board in Calabar, the Commissioner for Quality Education, Dr Godwin Amanke, charged them to have the interest of students at heart by helping secure their future.

According to Amanke, Gov. Ben Ayade carefully selected members of the board for the job of promoting secondary education.

He added that they should live up to the confidence reposed in them by the governor.

“Our interest is the children of Cross River and the children in secondary schools in the state; I hope you share that same passion with us in the ministry of education.

“We will work in synergy with you without any form of discordant tunes.

“So, I urge you to work diligently putting faith in God, believing that our future will be better than today,” he said.

He, however, added that the board would operate full time and that he had no doubt members would deliver on the mandate given to them by the governor.

Responding, the Chairman of the board, Mr Ebe Idagwu, expressed appreciation to the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the board.

Idagwu gave assurance that they would work tirelessly to ensure the realisation of the vision and mission statement of the board.

“I assure you all that we will partner all the relevant ministries, agencies and organisations to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in our education sector.

“It is worthy of note that the board is under the canopy of the Ministry of Education.

“Therefore, our strength and ability always depend on the commissioner’s directive, in line with the policies and objectives of education in the state,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the board comprised of six members, including Mr Lawrence Nsa as Secretary.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Finnish educational institutions concerned over foreign students’ next academic year

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Finnish educational institutions have expressed concern over foreign students’ next academic year in the country as Finnish Foreign Ministry’s consular services remain closed.

Turo Kilpelainen, the CEO of LAB, a university of practical sciences that operates in cities of Lahti and Lappeenranta in southern Finland, told Finnish news agency USU on Thursday that LAB this year has some 400 non-EU students mainly from China, Vietnam and Russia.

Noting that most of LAB’s non-EU students have decided to stay in Finland while some have gone, Kilpelainen expressed his particular concern that their residence permits will expire during the home leave.

The process of filing new residence permit applications, he said, will not be possible, as the Finnish Foreign Ministry closed their consular services in late March following the COVID-19 epidemic and the reopening date has yet to be announced.

“This means a return to Finland would be extremely difficult for the time being,” Kilpelainen told the USU.

The institutions were not fully aware of the situation of the foreign students, indicated a survey by the National Education Agency in late April, noting that problems in housing and livelihood could emerge at the end of the spring semester.

(XINHUA)

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Algerian PM recommends teaching Chinese language by educational platforms

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Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad on Tuesday highlighted the necessity to include Chinese among the foreign languages taught by different educational platforms in this North African nation.

Attending the inauguration ceremony of a new TV channel named El Maarifa (knowledge), which is dedicated to offering distance learning, Djerad recommended teaching the Chinese language in the programs of this channel.

“In addition to Arabic and French, I recommend to add English, and Chinese in particular, in the learning programs,” Djerad said.

China is a world leading nation in the high tech sector, hence it’s necessary for us to master the Chinese language, in a bid to learn more about this far away civilization, and thus reinforcing our strong bilateral relations,” he said.

The new channel, the first of its kind, will provide distance learning content to Algerian students at all levels and all specialties, including those preparing for final exams.

This new TV channel broadcasts programs via Algeria’s Alcomsat 1 satellite.

(XINHUA)

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Chinese educational services provider China Liberal makes Nasdaq debut

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China Liberal Education Holdings, or China Liberal, a Chinese educational services provider, on Friday commenced trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol “CLEU.”

The company priced its initial public offering (IPO) of 1,333,333 ordinary shares at 6 U.S. dollars per share, before underwriting discounts and offering expenses, resulting in gross proceeds of 8 million dollars, according to a company statement.

The offering is conducted on a firm commitment basis and expected to close on May 12, subject to customary closing conditions.

It also granted Boustead Securities, the sole underwriter for the offering, a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 200,000 ordinary shares at the IPO price to cover over-allotments, if any. Zinvest Global in Hong Kong serves as the Asian bookrunner.

Founded in 2011, the Beijing-based company provides a wide range of services, including those under Sino-foreign jointly managed academic programs; overseas study consulting services, and technological consulting services for Chinese universities.

Services for Sino-foreign jointly managed academic programs have been the main source of the company’s revenue, which generated 2,410,781 dollars for 2018, and 1.24 million dollars over the six months ending June 30, 2019, respectively representing 50.11 percent and 66 percent of net revenues for those periods, according to the company’s prospectus.

(XINHUA)

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9mobile grants subscribers free access to health, educational websites

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9mobile on Tuesday announced that it had given its subscribers free access to health and educational websites.

Mr Abdulrahman Ado, Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs at 9mobile made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

He said that the service was aimed at mitigating the impact of the lockdown and restricted movements as a result of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Ado said that having access to the websites would enable 9mobile customers and Nigerians remain connected and had more access to basic essential services which they required.

“Some of the pre-selected websites on this service include, educational sites such as Schoolgate, MobileClassroom in partnership with Federal Ministry of Education and National Open University, KhanAcademy and Seesaw.

“Also included are Health-related sites such as Mobihealth, World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria Health Watch, HealthLine and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),” he said.

Ado noted that health and education were two out of the three pillars of 9mobile’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

He said the decision to focus on the two areas at this time was borne out of a desire to provide access to health and educational information and services, a critical requirement during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a responsible organisation, we felt the need to support online learning as a result of the growing number of academic institutions during this period of lockdown,” Ado said.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

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All Bangladeshi educational institutions to remain closed till September: PM

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All educational institutions in Bangladesh will remain closed till September in view of the COVID-19 outbreak across the country.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the announcement while holding a videoconference with administration officials from her official residence Ganobhaban in capital Dhaka on Monday.

“We’ll not reopen the educational institutions until the pandemic is basically under control though we’ll open other sectors gradually,” she said.

She said her government has attached the highest importance to saving lives of the people and ensuring their livelihood during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(XINHUA)

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