It was a colourful display of Culture and exposition of the trends in the State of the nation and continent of Africa at large as the six Education Districts in Lagos State joined the rest of the world to celebrate the year 2020 World Commonwealth Day at the Education Resource Centre, Ojodu with the Theme, “Delivering a common future, Connecting; Innovating, Transforming.”
The annual event, which is celebrated every second Monday of March to commemorate the Commonwealth of Nations have member countries benefitting from being part of a mutually supportive community of independent Sovereign States aided by more than 80 Commonwealth Organisations.
The Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo in her keynote address said this year’s theme was not only apt for a time like this when the State is committed to setting achievable goals that would help in planning, implementing and ultimately a transformation for a growing economy.
Adefisayo explained that the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration has spared no efforts to expand quality teaching, through the Eko Excel initiative to enable teachers impact rightly in accordance with modern practice and a detailed overaching plan for the Ministry of Education with the BOS Educatiion Transforming Plan 2020. She stressed that with the presentations by the various Districts, showcasing the need for changes in the Education Sector, the present administration has begun a revamping of the sector that would transform the whole sector in its entirety.
In her words, “There are concerted efforts aimed at preparing our young adult for the future work place and a technologically driven economy. Impacting rightly transcends culture and aids innovation, inventions, creative ideas and ultimately transformation.”
The Commissioner revealed that under the BOS Education Transformation Plan 2020, the Public Schools in Lagos will witness construction and upgrade of Infrastructure, better school governance administration and enhancement of the Special Needs Education division with investment in Technology.
She commended Teachers & Students for the impressive presentation displayed and urged the students to be innovately transformed. She lauded the creative innovative minds of the children on the realities of the Society. Adefisayo concluded by charging all present and harped on the need for the Education Sector to have a paradigm shift for the next generation.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja said the children from the various Districts are gifted and are expected to showcase various talents in their presentations.
Mrs. Abosede implored the students to work harder and excel both in academics and co-curricular activities, adding that the State Government under the administration of Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu through the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda and Education Transformation Plan has put a lot of facilities at their disposal and they owe it a duty to effectively use them to their advantage.
High points of the celebration was the presentation of trophies to the First, Second and Third positions respectively, to which Education District I, clinched the first position, second and third positions were won by Education District IV, and Education District II respectively.