ABRAKA in Delta State: The Emoeferotu Foundation being sponsored by Chief (Hon.) Barr. Lovette Edirin Idisi, member representing Ethiope Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Abuja, recently held the second edition of the ‘Osu 2015 Continuous Learning/Summer School’ for a group of 120 Primary 4 pupils in Oria, Umiaghwa-Abraka Kingdom in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, from Monday, August 24 to Friday, September 4, 2015.
The 2 weeks summer lesson session which was successful, was formally opened by the President of the Emoeferotu Foundation, Barr. (Ms) Pamela Esiri, at Oria Primary School, Oria-Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
The theme of this year’s ‘Osu 2015 Summer School’ was titled: “Towards Achieving Excellence in Primary Six Examination in 2017”, and the 120 pupils duly shortlisted were from Umiaghwa communities namely, Ebise, Oria and Urhuagbesa primary schools, and they were screened strictly on merit of their credentials.
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The pupils went through the quality tutelage of Mrs. F.A. Aku and Mr. Obukohwo A. Peter, the English Language and Mathematics teachers respectively. It all began under the watchful eyes of His Royal Majesty (AVM) Ochuko Ararile (rtd), Avwaeke 1, the Ovie of Umiaghwa-Abraka Kingdom represented by Chief Friday Inomiesa (JP) and Chief (Barr.) Lovette E. Idisi, who was adequately represented by the immediate out-gone Ethiope East Council Secretary, Hon Sunday Onoriode Udi.
In her opening speech presented by her Personal Assistant and the project supervisor, Miss Gloria Ivbrogbor, the president of the foundation, Barr. Pamela Esiri, welcomed and thanked everyone present, especially the sponsor and monarch, for their attendance, interest and support invested in promoting the foundation. She informed that ‘Osu 2015 Summer School’ accommodated 120 pupils and were to be prepared for the primary six examinations come June 2017, noting that the exercise was necessary, following the falling standard of education in the nation, especially in the rural areas.
Pointing out the specific aims, Barr. Pamela Esiri, said the summer lessons were to enable disadvantaged pupils have fun and make new friends, to improve the educational attainment of pupils ensuring gains in their previous class pupils for the primary six examinations, and boost readiness, socialization and confidence in starting secondary school education.
Speaking further, the President of Emoeferotu Foundation added that the success of the project would not totally depend on the classroom activity, but also on the involvement of parents, who were given orientation on the closing day, Friday, September 4, 2015, that they should prepare their children for school every morning, give them balanced meals, purchase their required textbooks, check their books daily to ensure they attend school and assist them with homework, etc.
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She concluded her advice by saying: “Since education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world, according to Nelson Mandela, the Foundation has set the pace; parents should do their part and the children should sit tight with their studies when school resumes. After the examinations, all successful candidates will have their education borne by the foundation through scholarship and be enrolled into junior secondary school for the 2017/2018 session”.
In his comments, Chief (Barr) Lovette Edirin Idisi, lauded the management of the foundation for their efforts, urging that since the pupils have met the entrance requirements and were duly screened, they took the lessons seriously so as to stay ahead of others who might not have such opportunity, adding that when they eventually pass the targeted examinations, then they would enjoy the aforesaid scholarship scheme.
The Ovie of Umiaghwa-Abraka Kingdom, His Royal Majesty (AVM) Lucky Ochuko Ararile (rtd), Avwaeke I, in his comments, thanked the president of the foundation, Barr. Pamela Esiri, and Chief (Barr) Lovette Idisi (the sponsor) and the quality teachers for the beautiful team work in improving the education of pupils in the kingdom, just as he advised the pupils and parents to utilise the opportunity well so that they could be successful to become parents and leaders of tomorrow, which ‘Osu 2015’ is projecting.
Master Akpobome Oghenefejiro and Miss Onoshakpokaye Ejiroghene, on behalf of the 120 pupils, thanked Barr. Pamela Esiri and Chief (Barr) Lovette Idisi, for the opportunity and sponsorship, while saying that they would do the foundation, the sponsor, the Ovie and their parents proud by reading their books diligently, and assuring that they will strive to be successful.
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