By Elizabeth Osayande
The quest to make Nigerian girl child compete favourably with her counterparts globally informed the turning of the sod for the alumni building projects, initiated by the Old girls association of New Era Girls’ Secondary School.
The sodding ceremony led by the national president of the association, Prof, Iyabo Runsewe Abiodun, in company of executive members, also saw the opening of an information communication technology, ICT centre for the school. A project felicitated by one of the old girls, set of 73/74 set through the support of the National Communications Commission, NCC.
Speaking on the proposed alumni building, Prof. Abiodun, a pediatrician explained that the building was part of efforts to achieving the three thematic areas set by her team to improve the academic standard of the school; the moral standard and the visibility.
Her words: “The alumni building like I mentioned in my address, began when our tenure started 2018. We had three thematic areas: to improve the academic standard of the school; the moral standard and also to improve the visibility.
“Parts of that efforts necessitated us to do some needs assessment. We realized a lot of them need counselling on several issues that included sexuality and career counselling among others. We also felt that if our academic standard are better, people are likely to know that we are here. Those are the main reasons we want to have a purposeful building that will offer counselling to the students, and where they will have more access to textbooks they do not have, they can have them online and download, reprint them at subsidised rate.
“The building estimated to cost N40 million will have the downstairs that will have a hall for our meetings; while the first flour will have four rooms that will house an se-library room for computers; a counselling room among others. We plan to get ad-hoc counsellors apart from the ones the school has already.” She said.
On the launch of the ICT building, the pediatrician reiterated that: “The ICT building that we commissioned today was facilitated by one of the old students, 73/74 set. She brought in the National Communications Commission, NCC to the school for the project. We are in the computer age, and our girls skills need to be improved in terms of computer. We hope that the computer about 16 sets both for the Junior and Senior schools will enable students to have hands on and that they can get things online.
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On the vision for the girl child, Prof. Abiodun stated that: “Incidentally, as a pediatrician, and an advocate of children. And by virtue of being a woman, interested more in the girl child. I hope to see a girl child that will remain a woman. One that has a milk of human kindness that attains for the best. As the school slogan says “Utmost for the girls. I look up to the girl child that will grow up to a woman that would lead by example, have the fear of God. And show that Nigeria can be better than it is. I look up to the girl child that has confidence. ” She added
On her part, one of the oldest students of New Era Girls Secondary School, Victoria Folashade Thomas-Fahm noted that the donations by the Old Girls will definitely make the students comparable with their mates abroad.
According to her, her alma-mata which was established to groom girls Queens College, has continued to maintain a high academic and moral standards.
“The school was formed in 1948, and I am one of the first students. At that time, there was no junior class, it was WAEC then. It was supposed to groom us to enter Queens College and others. But we stayed on, some of us move to England.
“Standard of the school. The standard has been going high and high. As I mentioned earlier, it was established to groom us for Queens College and more, so you could see the standard.
“And the new breeds have even expanded the standard as they are bringing modern techniques. The students are doing very well, and they have morals. They are in the class high schools, the likes of Queens College now among others.
“Anybody entering New Era today and see what the Old Girls have put in will realised that the association are of very high class standard. And that they are putting the students in mind. They are not doing in for themselves, but doing all these so that the students will be comparable with the schools abroad.” Mrs. Thomas-Fahm added.
Appreciating the gesture of the old girls, the Principal of New Era Girl’s Senior Secondary School, Mrs. Oyefeso Adenike.
According to her, “We are glad and excited, you know what it means to have an ICT building in the school and for our use. It means that our girls will be more exposed to the use of computer and become computer literate. It will be used to do a lot of things on the internet.
“And besides, the ICT building, came with a generator to power it and this can also serve the entire school. So, making use of the ICT building, there will be nothing like power failure.” Mrs. Adenike affirmed.