By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – An Educationist, Mrs Gladys Danbaba, has said that divorce has ruined many family lives, and urged parents to counsel their children, advice and instill discipline in them.
She stated this at an event organized by the Civil Society Action Coalition On Education for All, (CSACEFA), Kaduna state chapter,
to mark the 2018 Universal Children’s Day in Kaduna on Tuesday.
Speaking at the occasion with the theme: “Children are Taking Over and Turning The World Blue” , Mrs Danbaba, tasked children to know that they were the role models and all they needed to be successful in life was hardwork, commitment, discipline and dedication so that they become great children that would turn the world blue.
According to her, parents and teachers have the primary responsibilities in the development of children under their care, and cautioned that we must deal with the breakdown and dysfunction of family life, difficulties and stresses in the daily lives of children.
She said that children could turn the world blue in the area of discipline, by working hard to become successful citizens and also contribute greatly to development of their society, Nigeria and the world at large.
“Neglect of children is one of the tragic out comes of economic pressures felt at nearly all income levels. Pressure can create desperation, desperation can create abuse of self.
“Each child today must make their individual development their primary focus in life. A child that maintains his focus will go a long way towards creating a positive action for his or her self,” she said.
Similarly, a Director in Zonal Office, State Ministry of Education, Mr. Gideon Sidi, explained that there were two types of people in the world; those who make things happen and those who watch things happens.
He said that those who make things happens were the world movers, while those who watch things unfold worship the world movers, hence children must take their education very serious, as that would enable them move the world and make others worship them.
The State Coordinator of CSACEFA, Mrs. Theresa Binniyat, said that the Universal Children’s Day which is an annual event was not just a day to celebrate, but to create awareness around the globe for children to be well behaved, shun terrorism and other vices.
She stated further that the event was to cherish and honour children all over the world, while for the children it is a day of joy, fun and freedom.
In a tribute, a teacher, Mrs. Nina Danmadami, said children were the image of God, hence we should celebrate the spirit of childhood for the day.
According to her, children are sensitive and innocent, they are little angels of God and future of mankind.
While wishing the children the very best on this Children’s Day celebration, Mrs Danmadami, added that childhood is about innocence and playfulness, noting that it is about joy and freedom.
In her remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Mass Literacy, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Bege Kumba Tagwai, admonished the children to be hardworking in their studies so as not to be used as thugs.
She explained that her agency was meant for people with second chance, and prayed that none of the children would drop out of school; rather they should work hard so that they could turn the world blue.
Speaking on behalf of fellow students of GSS, Kakuri, a Senior Secondary 3-Science 2 student, Precious Ike, expressed gratitude to CSACEFA for the event, and promised that they would put all they have learnt into positive use and make the country proud.
“We are the future of Nigeria and the world at large, the hope for a brighter tomorrow. As children of the world, we are symbols of promise and potential growth of this great country,” she concluded.