By DAYO ADESULU
Once again, Nigerian students will be privilege to participate in space science, as Africa Regional Centre for Space Science takes space club to pupils in primary school. The programme which started in MD School, New Oko Oba, Lagos on Tuesday with 23 registered schools in attendance, afforded the pupils opportunity into the practical core of science.
Speaking with the media at the launch of the Space Club held at MD School Boardroom, the Head, Space Education Outreach Program, Dr. Wumi Alabi noted that the essence of the initiative was to catch the pupils young in the art of science education.
“Space science is the bedrock to development, especially in the area of science and this programme will help to stimulate their interest,” she said.
According to her, It will focus on the upper primary of 4 – 6 adding that if they have the foundation in primary school, it will build their interest in science and make them perform better in Mathematics and other science subjects.
To achieve this, she disclosed that it will be introduce by reading a story book donated by the United Nations which will let them know that the environment of the earth is different from the space. Alabi, however explained that to pass the knowledge across to them, it will be carried out with a lot of fun.
Explaining the choice of MD School, Alabi said a parent in the school who knows the importance and wanted his child to benefit from it brought them.
Talking about the sustainability, Alabi stated that training will be organized for teachers to teach them more on space science.
On her part, the proprietress of MD School, Mrs Lara Adedugbe said that her school decided to spare head the hosting of the Space Science as a way of given back to the society. According to her, the 23 schools involved were given the privilege to bridge the gap between big and small schools. She said: “We chose the less privilege schools to benefit since most of the schools are not exposed to it.
Adedugbe pointed out that in the quest to assist other schools in the society, MD School has adopted Agidingbi Primary School and New Oko Oba Primary School.
She added, “If you do not develop the society where you belong, a time will come when you will not be able to dwell in that society.”
Space Education Outreach Program is in partner with the Federal Government and affiliated with the United Nations with over 300 space clubs.