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NKMS Principal urges parents to encourage children’s involvement in sports




Abuja, March 12, 2019 The Principal of Nigeria-Korea Model School (NKMS) in Abuja, Pamela Mbanefo, on Tuesday appealed to parents to allow their children to participate in sports activities both at home and school.

Mbanefo who emphasised her appeal with the popular adage which says “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’’ said such children could grow up to become professional sports men and women.

“In line with the school’s vision and mission, we are grooming these young ones to be developed mentally, intellectually, psychologically and physically.

“These students are future athletes and footballers who will make our great country proud,’’ she said during the school’s maiden annual inter-house sports competition in Abuja.

The Principal, while stating that sports was a unifying factor, irrespective of tribes and religions, said sports have done a lot in making Nigeria a popular country across the world today.

“And that is why our students have been prepared for both the field and track events to help keep them fit and to be able to entertain us during the inter-house sports day,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria-Korea Model School was established in collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) as part of efforts

to deepen ties between Nigeria and Republic of Korea.

Mbanefo said the 2019 inter-house sports competition, tagged “Education and Sports a Panacea for Nation’’, was to create awareness that sports and education could be used to build a nation.

Speaking also, the school’s Head Master, David Gyaube, likened sports to a single entity that has one language spoken by everybody in the country.

“Sports activities join everybody together and have an enormous capacity to unite the nation, no matter the tribe or the language spoken by individuals in the country.

“Our school is just about eight months old now and this event is part of our objectives and mission to sustain sports activities.

“The inter-house sports competition will be an annual event and it will be documented in our school curriculum,’’ Gyaube, who disclosed that seven professors from South Korea came down

to Nigeria to join in putting together the school’s curriculum manual, said.

On the school, Gyaube said NKMS was a product of the bilateral agreement between the governments of Republic of Korea and Nigeria, signed in 2013.

Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the League Management Company (LMC), who was a guest at the competition, said lauded the event.

He said it was one of the grassroots developmental programmes that would help the growth of sports in Nigeria.

“I wish all the local governments and all schools can organise an event like this.

“Imagine if we have an event like this in all the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria, then the task of developing sports to catch them young will not be a problem.

“This will also help to ensure that Nigerian athletes will be at the top at the Olympics.

“The athletes here are the next stars of Nigeria, and this is a very good initiative which needs our encouragement.

“We (LMC) will support them in our little way in their subsequent events,’’ he said.

NNN reports that five events were featured in the maiden edition of the NKMS inter-house sports competition, namely athletics, sack race, catching-the-train, teddy race and march-past.

Blue House took the first position with 35 points, Yellow House were second with 34 points, Red House third with 33 points, and Green House fourth with 32 points.

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