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UNESCO school opens its doors in Port Harcourt

16 February 2015, 09:00Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The historic United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Book Capital Model Primary School in the Rivers State has commenced academic activities.

The UNESCO World Book Capital School is one of the newly constructed 20-classroom school blocks built across the State by the state government as part of its efforts to expand access to education by pupils across the state.

Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Sir Ali Oruitemeka, said pupils had been moved to the new structure in Moscow Road, Port Harcourt because the environment was now conducive for learning.

He stated that the upsurge in the enrolment of pupils into government-owned schools in Rivers State necessitated the construction of 20-classroom blocks across the state.

The schools are well equipped with books and e-books.

The state government is using the schools to promote reading culture among pupils and students. Every pupil of the schools has a reading period as pupils are made to pick a book, read and summarise during the book review segment. The school is well equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities like the sick bay, library, music class, science and computer laboratories.

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The formal commencement of academic activities in the world-class school ranked as one of the best in sub-Saharan Africa marks the fulfilment of another promise by the State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

“It would be recalled that UNESCO, moved by the revolutionary feats of Governor Amaechi in the education sector, crowned Port Harcourt the 2014 World Book Capital City in April 2014, beating ten other great cities that include Oxford in England and Moscow in Russia. Governor Amaechi thereafter promised to build a world-class primary school to commemorate the feat – a promise which he has now fulfilled with the formal opening of the UNESCO World Book Capital School, Port Harcourt,” saidMedia and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, All Progressives Congress Rivers State, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze.

He argued Amaechi’s feats in the area of education, which moved UNESCO to choose Port Harcourt as the World Book Capital City, are unequalled by any African leader.  

“His administration has churned out over 500 Model Primary Schools and 24 Model Secondary Schools that are termed to be better than some universities in Africa. It has also employed about 13 000 teachers, offering free education with free books as part of a strong vision to promote and sustain activities that would make promotion of literary activities and make literacy a staple in the state’s agenda.”

- CAJ News


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