A leading Non-governmental Organization, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) on Monday joined other organizations across the globe to mark the World Education Day with a visit to Kokodiagbene Model Secondary School in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State and Government Secondary School Bwari in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
The theme of this year's event is “Changing Course, Transforming Education" and
CEPEJ commemorated the event in alignment with other activities which is conducted in line with the requirements of the SDG goal 4 which talks about quality education. In addition CEPEJ used the occasion to also strengthen its Peace and Environment Club impacts in the various schools hosting the PEC's, and welcome the revival of education given the huge gap in the year 2020-2021 academic session.
The organization advocated for importance of quality education and the negative impact of peer pressures on academic performances of students
National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade who was represented by the Senior Program Manager, Mr Sam Ideh in the Niger Delta, while the Programme Director Mrs Nafisat Abdulmalik led the Abuja team, stated that educational activities remained under-covered and were frozen by the wave of Corona Virus which started in China resulting in the closure of all educational institutions across the world.
Mulade however expressed delight that there was a ray of hope as things are beginning to pick up, but stressed that “ our generation who suffered very much during the Covid-19 period has labeled itself as the Covid-19 generation."
He added that the physical recovery from the pandemic “is that we are back at our works, sound and healthy but mental recovery is only possible when our education may also be back on track which is the most vital thing to do.”
Continuing he said, education on the virus was important so as to avoid the contacting it, as “we need to educate ourselves about health concerns and that of the whole community.”
In Abuja, the National Coordinator whose message was conveyed by Mrs Abdulmalik also stressed the need for the students to actively engage in changing the course of taking the initiative to transform their own outcomes and to become positive impact makers.
The center urged the education stakeholders and parents and guardians to support and assist the school authority in providing quality education especially in the riverside and rural communities, as education remains the fundamental human rights and best legacy for every child and everyone.
.”This will help to build a more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful future and its importance must be redressed for the large benefits of our generation."
Highpoint of the visit was the distribution of notebooks to the students with a charge to them to be good ambassador to the society.