In commemoration of the day set aside to honor children, schools and parents in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area hav celebrated children in the community.
On a visit to Crystal County Schools, where a children’s party was held on Thursday, Mrs. Ezinne Adelaja, Educational Director, reiterated the importance of children to society.
“Children’s Day comes up once every year, but for us, every day is a child’s day because, as a parent and as a school owner, the children matter; their voice matters; how they feel matters; and how they learn counts.
“But globally, days are set aside to celebrate them for who they are and their importance to the community, so today we set aside to celebrate the children,” Mrs. Adelaja said.
It was observed that children were given opportunities to play various games, such as puzzles, dance competitions, bursting balloons, and water splash games.
Mrs. Adelaja emphasized the need for cooperation and unity among children. She believes teamwork offers many advantages to children as they grow older.
“We realized the importance of unity.” If they are not united, they can not go forward. So much so, teaching them about unity, empathy, and collaboration is what today is all about and reminding them that everybody matters.
“As much as they should value themselves, they should also value other people’s opinions and how they feel, and we saw them working together in their different groups and cheering themselves on. Even when one did not do too well, the team members were there to support, encourage, and put a smile on their faces.
“At Crystal County Schools, we believe that every child counts, every child is important, every child has a voice, and every child’s happiness is important to us,” Mrs. Adelaja told Amuwo News.
For Mrs. Yemisi Anammah, Head of School at Crystal County Schools, children’s Day mean a great deal and they should be celebrated every day.
“I have three children of mine, although they are grown. I know that children are meant to be loved and celebrated as a gift to the world. Many of them come with a unique talent that if you don’t nurture them well and you don’t look after them well, you might never be able to discover some of these gifts. For me, every day is a celebration towards harnessing the gift in them.”
In response to how Crystal County Schools celebrates children’s day, she said, “It’s an important day for us, making sure that every child is looked after.
“We engage them in games, we engage them in fun activities of different sorts, and then they share treats. It’s more about sharing love and sharing fun amongst themselves,” Mrs. Anammah said.
Children of St Mary’s school, Ago, were out and about in the community to learn about the environment around them as they visited Festival Mall in Festac Town.
According to Mrs. Uche, a teacher, “We brought kids out here to come and have fun and also have a good view of ShopRite and also to learn about the business of profit and loss in terms of buying and selling. I think at the end of the day we had fun.”
In response to what children’s day means, she said, “It’s a great day for kids, youths, and for everyone who aspires to be a leader in the future. We must give kids a memory they won’t forget in a hurry.”
In an attempt to enlighten children on saving culture, Heyden School, 21 Road, Festac Town, paid a visit to Festival Mall.
Mrs. Adegbuji Salida Charity, Heyden School Consultant, said, “We are celebrating children’s day in a spicy way in the sense that our theme for the term is savings.
“We advised children to have a piggy bank at home whereby they were able to save some money, and because today is Children’s Day, they are using the saved money to play games and shop for their friends.”
Mr. Uma Pascal, a parent, described children’s day as an emotional one and a day to express gratitude to God.
He also commended the school for allowing parents to volunteer and spend time with the kids.