Stakeholders in the education sector have stressed the need for cultural integration among citizens of the country to promote peaceful coexistence and economic development.
The stakeholders made the call at a Cultural Festival with the theme ‘Cultural Integration and Economic Development’ organised by Glisten International Academy, Abuja.
According to them, culture is the identity where common values, attitudes, preferences, knowledge are attributed to behaviour of a particular social group.
Mrs Samira Jibir, the Chief Executive Officer of the school said that culture is one of the main pillars of development and sustenance of communities, adding that no society could progress without it.
She said that culture had a positive influence on the social development of any country.
“When values are respected, cultures are respected because it reflects on our dressing and food.
“Culture lies not in our differences but in our similarities and this is where love lies.
“Love is capable of banishing hatred, violence, and extremism.
“However, I admonish all parents, students, and stakeholders present here today to speak the common language of love to promote common interests and good values,’’ Jibir said.
Ms Hermella Asfaw, the Trade and Tourism Officer, Embassy of Ethiopia praised the school management for celebrating the diverse cultures across the African continent and the world.
“Celebrating our traditions offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural exchange and understanding as well as acceptance of other cultures.
“Cultural events are fun, entertaining, and educative.
“They allow individuals to integrate physically and mentally.”
Mrs Hafsatu Tela wife of Bauchi State Deputy Governor expressed joy at the rich cultural display by the students.
“The cultural display by the children showcased the richness and the diversity of the African culture.
“The cultural festival as seen and displayed by the students shows that culture creates the fundamental building blocks of our personality and in the ties that link us to communities and nations.
“Culture brings us together and creates harmony,” she said.
Speaking at the event, the Emir of Jahi 1, Abuja, Chief Adamu Dogo called on all those present to emulate the celebration of diversity exhibited by the students.
Dogo who said there was unity in diversity, added: “Culture ensures unity during crisis, and influences identity, debate, and dialogue.
“It is important for nation-building and for peace and reconciliation.
“Culture is a powerful driver of development because lifestyles, behaviours, consumption patterns, and our interactions with the natural environment are mostly influenced by culture,” he said.
(Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Emmanuel Yashim)