Sunday, February 15, 2015 7:31 am
Pupils of Banham Primary School, Aggrey Road, have been moved to the UNESCO World Book Capital Model Primary School situated at Moscow Road in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The formal commencement of academic activities in this world-class school ranked as one of the best in sub-Saharan Africa marks the fulfilment of yet another promise by the State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
The UNESCO World Book Capital School is one of the newly constructed 20-classroom school blocks built across the State by the Amaechi administration as part of its efforts to expand access to education by pupils across the State.
The State Government had on 16th January 2015 commenced the movement of pupils from old schools to the newly constructed one-storey 20-classroom blocks which Amaechi promised to deliver before handing over power on May 29.
The Head Teacher of the school, Mrs. Ibiene Ereme, said that she was short of words to describe the kind of facilities in the school. She said that the teachers and pupils can now settle down to teach and learn as the conducive environment provided by the State Government will make teaching very easy and learning fun.
Mrs. Ereme, who was full of commendation for the State Government, promised that the teachers would do their best in bringing up properly educated children in the new environment.
Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Sir Ali Oruitemeka, said the pupils were moved to the new structure because the environment is more 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 equipped with books and e-books. They are being used by the State Government 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.
UNESCO, moved by the 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.
Amaechi’s government has built 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 vision to promote literacy in the state.