STUDENTS of Anglican Girls Grammar School (AGGS), Onitsha, have been tasked to embrace hard work and education for self-reliance to enable them to achieve success and be useful in the society.
Presenting a paper entitled: “Education for Self-Reliance” during the school’s combined orientation of students for 2021/2022 sessions, the principal, Dame Mercy Nneka Nwankwo said that education prepared students to be skillful and independent.
Mrs Nwankwo, who emphasised the importance of education especially, the girl-child, described education as teaching and learning by way of instruction, saying that Nigeria practices 9-3-4 system of education.
“Education for Self-Reliance’ involves skills acquisition, change of character of a child to earn a living. A child should learn by herself how to earn money by her effort.
“From primary one to junior secondary school (JSS) 3, a child should be independent and also useful within the society but unfortunately, we do not have adequate technology in Nigeria.
“Investing in your children’s education is better than leaving property behind for illiterate children. Self-reliance’ education alleviates poverty, enhances rational thinking, resources management, sustainability, self dependence and builds a better society,” Mrs Nwankwo said.
The principal, then, enjoined parents to stop the over pampering of their children by leaving all house chores in the hands of house-helps, thereby making their children to over dependent.
She cautioned the students to shun deviant behaviours caused by peer pressure or media exposure, saying that they were destructive and could lead to failure or make one a societal nuisance.
Earlier in a homily, the school chaplain, Rev. Canon Bethrand Igbokwe, reading from Proverbs 13:1-4, urged the students to embrace hard work and discipline as prerequisite for success and wealth.
“Study very hard and come out with the best results. Henceforth, discipline is a must to avoid punishment and build you into better individuals that will command respect in your chosen field of endeavors,” Igbokwe said.
The orientation includes welcome songs, oath-taking to abide by the school rules and regulations, cultural dance, cutting of cake, questions and answers sessions.