BY Obialunamma Nwadiogbu
Ekwulobia—The Coordinator of Back -To-School Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Mr. Pat Anyadubalu, has donated a set of band instruments, worth over N1 million to the Central School Umunachi in Dunukofia Local Government area of Anambra State. The instruments were donated as schools resumed last week in the state.
Making the donation, Anyadubalu said: “This primary school is where I had my first formal education, which was between the year 1975 and 1981. So, it is part of my duty to support our Alma-mater. I found out regrettably that in most cases when we clamour that the alumni should support their Alma-mater, the emphasis usually is on the universities or secondary schools, and not primary schools.
But you find out that primary schools should be given that basic support because that is the origin and the foundation of good education for a child.
“You know that when a foundation of a house is faulty you can hardly rectify such faulty foundation. What you do is to pull down the entire building, but if the foundation is solid and there is an error subsequently you can always rectify that error. “Therefore, if the foundation was not properly laid, probably it would have been very difficult for that person to rise up to secondary school or university level, but where the foundation is properly laid you will appreciate that the sky would be the limit of that child.
“So that was why I said, let me support my Alma-mater, starting from the primary school. “I think that absence or lack of a school band will affect the match past and some other functions. I think this will motivate and enable these pupils to practise and compete with other schools during nation’s celebrations.” He further unveiled an Essay/Quiz competition for the school- ‘Pat Anyadualu Annual Essay Competition,’ saying that the essence was to encourage the pupils to cultivate the reading culture as well as learning English language.
His words: “If these children are very good in English language, the sky would be their limit. English language is the basic language which is used to teach, so if you are good in English language, such a person would be able to be good in many other subjects because the ability to understand a subject is the primary point. ‘’I want to see a situation where in the future we have journalists, doctors or good lawyers, saying, “I attended this school and the foundation was laid here. So I want to promote English language through essay/quiz competition here.”
In her vote of thanks, the Headmistress, Mrs. Evelyn Uwaezuoke, expressed joy over the event, describing it as a dream come true.