Cultural day organized by students of Glisten International Academy, Abuja to promote unity in diversity on Wednesday.
By Jeremiah Gaba
Glisten International Academy, Abuja called on stakeholders, governments and parents to embrace African cultures for the unity of the country.
The school’s Chief Education Management Professional, Mr. Eneh Charles, said so on Wednesday in Abuja during the school’s cultural day on the theme: “Phenomenal scalability for sustainability”.
Charles said the school plans cultural events every year to remember the children’s roots and promote the importance of their cultures.
He said the cultural day event would help to further unify the children amidst several other cultures.
He called on parents to teach their children what they need to know about their cultures, especially regarding their languages.
“Once a year we gather here to remember our roots, to remember where we come from, to remember the importance of culture in our lives.
It’s because it’s what our great-grandfathers gave to our grandfathers and our grandfathers gave to our fathers and our fathers gave to us. We also give to our children and pass it on from one generation to the next.
“We have to teach children what they are supposed to know where they come from. They should not allow other foreign cultures to dominate ours.
“They have theirs and we have ours and when they get mixed together they will be better. It basically brings the unity that we need. Nigeria is a united country, but we say it is unity in diversity.
“You have to diversify and always have a Nigeria. We need to teach the children not only about class work but also where they come from so that at all times they stand up and say I am a proud Nigerian,” he said.
Charles said the country has more than 250 languages, but expressed concern that many families had failed in teaching their native languages to their children.
In addition, the school’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hajia Samira Jibri commended the parents for their collaboration in strengthening the desired change that the country needs to move forward.
“To our dear parents, we always thank you, without you we could not be here, your support, your encouragement, your collaboration, your constructive criticism always takes us higher and we will continue to count on it.
“We pray that these children will surprise us all, be goodness in our eyes and be the desire for the change we need in this country,” she said.
Also speaking, the executive director of the school, Mr. Abba Saidu, said the country must ensure that hunger is completely eradicated.
Saidu said the government should ensure that there is a policy for the national cultural day, saying it would encourage Nigerians to embrace their culture and respect other cultures.
“It’s a day when we share our cultural heritage, our culture which is really paramount to what we do at Glisten International Academy.
“We try to see that culture is very important through our faith, our religion and our attitude.
Saidu said Nigerians could embrace their cultures from the way they dress, the foods they eat and the way they greet each other.
Ms. Prisca Godwill, the school’s head professional, said a unique way to respect the culture and diversity of others is to first learn about one’s culture and appreciate the diversity of others.
“The very essence of preserving our culture is what we are actually doing today, making sure that the young people who arrive remember their roots and where they come from.
“What we do is sometimes we can also step into another culture and dress in an outfit that’s actually not where they’re from. There’s a diversity that Nigeria is known for because that we are united.
“So what we do is make sure that every child learns about other people’s culture and tolerance and we can cooperate and work with them.
“As parents, we are also encouraged to use our local language for our child making sure that these children understand and eventually speak their dialect in others to keep it alive and pass it on to the next generation,” a- she declared.
However, she called on the government to ensure the teaching of culture in the school curriculum to keep different cultures alive.
Amina Saidu, a student at the school, expressed her joy at the event, saying it further improved her understanding of the culture in terms of language, food and cultural dress. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede