Students tasked to embrace hardwork, education for Self-Reliance

By Uzo Ugwunze

Students of Anglican Girls Grammar School, (AGGS) Onitsha have been tasked to embrace hardwork and education for Self-Reliance to enable them achieve success and be useful in the society.

Presenting a paper titled ‘ Education for Self-Reliance’ during the School’s combined Orientation of 2021/2022 sessions students, the Principal, Dame Mercy Nneka Nwankwo said that education prepares students to be skillful and independent.

Mrs Nwankwo who emphasized 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.

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“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, enhance rational thinking, resources management , sustainability, self dependence, and builds a better society,” said Mrs. Nwankwo.

Dame Mercy Nneka Nwankwo and Rev. Canon Bethrand Igbokwe

The Principal further advised parents to stop over pampering their children by leaving all house chores in the hands of house-helps thereby making the children over dependent.

Also, the students were warned to shun deviant behaviors caused by Peer pressure or media exposure saying that they were destructive and leads to failure and makes one a societal nuisance.

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Earlier in a homily, the School Chaplain, Rev. Canon Bethrand Igbokwe reading from Proverbs 13:1-4 advised the students to embrace hardwork and discipline as prerequisite for success and wealth.

“Study very hard and come out 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,” said Igbokwe.

Highlights of the Orientation include welcome songs, oath taking to abide by the school rules and regulations, cultural dance, cutting of cake, questions and answers sessions.

Pics: (L-R) Principal, AGGS Onitsha,
Dame Mercy Nneka Nwankwo and Rev. Canon Bethrand Igbokwe

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