By Mekowulu Izuchukwu
Dressed in their various beautiful traditional wears, the pupil, parents, and teachers of St. Saviour school Ebute Meta couldn’t hide their excitement as they celebrate the schools’ annual cultural day on Tuesday September 28 at the school premises.
The event was described by the Head Teacher Mrs Annette Carter as a channel used to expose the pupil to various ethnic groups, cultures and also to instil unity, oneness, and respect for other cultures in their young minds.
“As you can see, each class room block is representing a state in Nigeria and we have pupils from different ethnic groups dressed in clothes that are synonymous with various ethnic group the represent. The aim is to remind them who they are; to make them see beauty in their various cultural values”
Mrs Carter also said that there is need to teach the children their culture so that they in turn will teach their children.
The pupils were at the course of the event taught how to prepare native food like garri, agidi, ogbono soup and ewedu soup.
They were also taught bascket weaving, traditional dace steps, and how to play traditional music instruments like agogo, ichaka, and udu.
Speaking to the press, the Chairman Board of Trustee Mr Tom Ogboi said exposing the pupils is of serious importance to the school.
“St. Saviour is the first registered trust primary school in Nigeria, she dates back as far as 1950 and since commencement cultural values has been of serious importance to the school. The school is also developing not just the academic lives of the pupils but the total man”
Mr Ogboi blamed the fallen standard of education inconstancies in government policies “education has failed because government took over schools especially primary and secondary schools and we must not be left in the wing and caprices of education ministers”
He also said that a country without educated populace will in no way develope.
Also speaking Mrs Dayo Jaleko a parent praised the effort of the school management in educating the children on their culture “I have two of my children here and they speak and write yoruba very well; I believe it is because of an effort like this, it serves as an enlightenment for the kids. You see our children are so westernized they have forgotten their culture and things like this will remind them were they are coming from”.