Fourteen years after its establishment in 1995, Babcock University High School, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, has blazed a trail in our countryâ€™s secondary education system with the commissioning of e-learning building complex and facilities worth N35,111,940 last Wednesday.
Professor James Kayode Makinde, Vice Chancellor, Babcock University, commissioned the e-learning programme and building in a glittering, sunny mid-day ceremony as he took the salute in military fashion and inspected guards of honour mounted by the Red Beret of the schoolâ€™s Pathfinder Club, Hostel Squad, Fountain of Grace Chapel, Special Squad, Students of the High School, Staff and Colour party, followed by a march past.
Principal of the school, Elder Timothy Adetayo, in his welcome address, said that with the commissioning of this e-learning programme and building, teachers will be able to teach better and the students will learn better and faster.
â€œWe have started an experiment and the outcome will be seen by 2012 when the present SSI would have written the SSCE and the results released.â€
He disclosed that the building cost about N20,943,790 million while the programme cost about N14,168,150 million making a total sum of N35,111,940 million.
â€œMy teachers have been trained on how to handle these equipment â€“ Team Interactive Board, computers, power points, projectors and access the internet. They are now computer literates. Today, history is being made that our school is the first among Adventist Secondary Schools in Nigeria having facilities for e-learning.â€
Adetayo recalled that when the school started in 1995, nobody knew that it would become a force to reckon with in secondary education not only among Adventists, but in Nigeria at large. The school provides a means of livelihood to 150 workers, family members, dependents, contractors and artisans.
â€œWe thank God for your vision of establishing the school in 1995. Many teachers that started with us thought they would only be here for a while, especially when the school had not been accredited to write Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by both WAEC and NECO and also, because the salary was poor,â€ adding, â€œtoday, our school is among the best schools sought by teachers, parents and guardians.â€
Professor Makinde, on his part, said the commissioning today (November 25, 2009) of the e-learning building and systems was Ã¤ brand new day for us and joy of the Lord to find ourselves here, a very important event because itâ€™s all about children.â€
He noted that the provision of the facilities is an â€œattempt to salvage Nigeria from the ruins the present generation left it.â€
Kayode continued: â€œInspite of the available resources, oil, investment in stocks and shares, which have crashed, oil prices fallen, the only investment that will bring full returns is investment in the future. Because right here, we have people who will turn Nigeria around. Babcock University High School is a child greater than the parents. We are all praying that our children should be better than we.â€
His prophesy is that the school will produce the future president, professors, engineers, doctors, lawyers, because these children have been given a place to stand.
â€œSomebody once said that give me a place to stand and I will move the world.â€
The Vice Chancellor paid tribute to the first and second principals of the school who were present at the commissioning and the current principal who has so far performed very well. Management was commended for the vision, commitment and energy and also parents who made everything possible, including the teachers for their dedication to work.
â€œMerit is the currency tenable here. Itâ€™s not negotiable. Youâ€™ve all sowed a seed of progress, and so God will lift up his glory in you,â€ pointing out that, â€œwithout parents, no children, without children, no teachers, the students of this school are the greatest children.â€ Makinde said he is proud of their achievements.