By Queen Ndukwe
Students have been advised on how to discover and nurture their abilities, talents and areas of interests, in order to take advantage of their chosen careers in future.
Mrs. Clementine Vervelde, the Project Champion of Beyond the School initiative, sponsored by the Nigerian Breweries/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, told participating students in Lagos on Friday to believe in themselves and stand up boldly to challenges they might encounter on their career path.
“The knowledge you now have will help you find disciplines that you are passionate about. You also have to develop the skills needed to succeed in those disciplines. This programme is about enlightenment for your career and your future. After all you have learnt today, you should be able to sit down and think of where you want to be in the next few years. The power lies in your hands,” she said.
According to Mrs. Vervelde, the “Beyond the School”initiativeprogramme is a career guidance initiative designed to enlighten and expose secondary school students to career options and how best they can focus their learning to make it more relevant to desired future careers. The initiative, she said, also seeks to develop a healthy reading culture among students.
Speaking earlier, the Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Kufre Ekanem noted that the initiative has been introduced to complement other initiatives of the company targeted at the education sector. He counseled students to work hard at their academics in spite of the economic challenges confronting them and the nation at large.
The initiative, according to him, is designed for senior secondary school students in public schools to expose them to career options and factors they need to consider before making a career choice. He added that the initiative alsounderpins the importance of reading in career goal achievement.
Mr. Ekanem informed the gathering that on November 16, 2016, Nigerian Breweries celebrated 70 years as a business and noted that education remains a major vehicle the company uses to keep its commitment to the course of development in Nigeria. “We believe our youth and teenagers have major roles to play in national development and that education, which remains the cornerstone of any meaningful and sustainable development, is a sure way to prepare our future leaders in playing their roles,” he said.
He called on students to take advantage of the career guidance information provided to them, which is in line with best practices, to achieve their fullest potential.
Ayeni Adekunle, the CEO of Black House Media who was the guest speaker at the occasion advised the students to be focused and steadfast, adding that the most important time of their lives is now. He implored the students to get education “by all means”, but to also develop their passions and interests to guarantee a future that does not depend on perpetually seeking out employment.
Abisoye Ajia, a Wealth Adviser with Stanbic IBTC, the Fund Managers of the initiative, charged the students to inculcate the culture of saving and investing.
This year’s edition of the “Beyond the school” programme was held on Friday, 25th November, 2016 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos with students and teachers from Oregun Senior Secondary School, Oregun; Vetland Senior Secondary School, Agege; Government Senior Secondary School, Ikoyi; Baptist Senior High School, Obanikoro and Eric Moore Senior High School, Surulere in attendance.
The event also saw students from the schools compete in a game of Monopoly where Godwin Daniel of Eric Moore Senior High School won the first prize and went home with an educational fund of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000.00) and a cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00). Pelumi Fabiyi of Oregun Senior Secondary School, Oregun won the second prize and was presented with an educational fund of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250, 000.00) and Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000.00) cash prize.
Uche David of Oregun Senior Secondary School came third and got N50,000 Stock Mutual Fund and N10,000 cash.
There were other winners in the fourth and fifth positions with each receiving Fifty Thousand Naira and Twenty Thousand Naira respectively. All students present went home with a Lagos edition Monopoly game.