BY DAYO ADESULU
Mr Fred Swaniker, the co-founder, African Leadership Academy, Johannesburg has debunked claims by some education stakeholders in Nigeria that the sector is in comatose, saying that he discovered that in examinations conducted amongst African students, Nigerians do come first.
“We get about 3,000 applicants every year from Nigeria alone, out of these, only top 100 students are chosen to come to the academy and out of the 100, Corona comes first.
This year, out of the top 35 from the country that we showcased, five came from Corona. Also, the highest number of graduating students came from Corona. Corona students did not only come first in Nigeria but also in the African continent,” he said.
He disclosed this during Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Ogun State graduation and valedictory service of 2012 held at the school premises.
Swaniker who said that he sees the youths of our country as the future leaders who will turn things around, urged the students not to place their focus on amassing wealth but to be willing to serve their society. “Nigerians are looking at you for the desired future change,” he said.
He, however charged the students to set a high standard for themselves and not to pattern their lives after what they see around them. “Don’t be satisfied because you need to be the best,” he admonished them.
The guest speaker, pointed out that Corona students should see themselves as privileged students who should be grateful to God and their parents for giving them quality education, charging them to use every given opportunity to help the less privileged in the society get this kind of education.
In order to fulfill your goals, Swaniker added, “students must begin to do something positive at their tender age and start with a very small project.”
On her part, Director, Corona Schools, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo pointed out that what the school has been striving to achieve over the years has been to educate the total child, saying: “We want our students to be intellectually active, physically, verbally, socially and academically competent.”