Her Excellency Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme), The wife of the Governor of Anambra State and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), an NGO,has called on mothers to show more interest in the education of their children.
Mrs. Obiano made the plea against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic in a special message in commemoration of the 2020 Children’s Day signed on her behalf by Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Emeka Ozumba.
In her words, “It is no longer news that the Coronavirus has drastically altered the way we live and more so the education of our children. From physical presence in class rooms to remote learning at home with new challenges requiring careful guidance of the children in how they learn and what they do.”
According to Mrs. Obiano, mothers are uniquely positioned to help the children to achieve their full potentials despite the the challenges of distant learning. They have an obligation to bridge the gap between the children’s conventional physical presence in schools and the nuances of e-learning at home.
“Mothers are now required to ensure that the children achieve good academic standards by adapting to the new teaching mode, keeping to timetables, doing assignments and achieving good grades as well as being ready when school resumes,” she emphasized
Mrs. Obiano observed that the chosen theme for 2020 Children’s Day celebrations: Promoting Girl Child Education for Sustainable Development is very apt and timely especially with the challenges posed by Covid-19 which she noted requires sustained effort by all to overcome.
Whilst wishing the children happy 2020 Children’s Day celebrations, Mrs. Obiano urged them to be disciplined by obeying all Covid-19 protocols like keeping required social distance, washing of hands, using hand sanitizers and wearing of facemasks in public.
She emphasised the need for the children not to despair but to be upbeat about life beyond the momentary revulsion of the pandemic.