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Mrs. Abimbola Fashola (M) discussing with some Lagos State High School students during closing ceremony of LEARN summer school.
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Sep 5, 2009 - First Lady, Mrs. Fashola Commends Sponsors, Supporters Of 2009 Summer School
• As programme comes to an end in Lagos
First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, at the weekend commended supporters of the 2009 Summer School programme in Lagos saying their contribution has enabled the programme to record a resounding success.
The 3rd Summer School, organized by the Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network (LEARN), was a six-week-long programme which took place in six centres across the State with the student participants drawn from the State’s public schools.
The six centres include Babs Fafunwa Millennium Secondary School, Ojodu Berger, Boys Academy, Sandgrouse, Lagos, Surulere Senior Secondary, Surulere, Eva Adelaja Girls’ Secondary Grammar School, Bariga, State Senior High School, Oyewole, Agege and Bola Ige Millennium Secondary School, Tolu Village, Ajegunle.
In her address at the closing ceremony, Mrs. Fashola expressed joy that, as a result of the encouragement by its various sponsors and supporters, the vision of L.E.A.R.N. which, according to her, “is to contribute to the collective efforts of grooming tomorrow’s leaders to be confident, self sufficient and socially responsive through education, vocational skill training and recreation”, is being realized.
According to the First Lady, “Lagos Empowerment And Resource Network was established two years ago as an NGO with special focus on youth development This summer school, the 3rd edition of which is being closed formally today is one of the major programmes through which we are working towards achieving the vision of the Network”.
She noted with satisfaction that since the commencement of the programme, the response has been encouraging and impressive adding, “Due to this, we had to increase the number of centres for this summer school to six districts to be able to accommodate the over 3000 students that registered”.
“All of these we believe are very essential ingredients needed to prepare the youths for the challenges of the 21st century and also grow to become very useful and responsible citizens? The First Lady said adding, “As we close this edition of our Summer School programme today, we are confident that these promising young boys and girls are leaving better exposed, richer in experience and greatly empowered to aim for the best in their academics and other endeavours”.
Mrs. Abimbola particularly thanked the Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan, for her “support, encouragement and motivation” which, according to her, “has contributed immensely to the success achieved so far”. She also expressed appreciation to: LTV/Eko FM, Classic Beverages, Lagos State Ministry of Works, Sweet Sensation, Honeywell Superfine foods (makers of O’ Noodles), Promisador Nig. Plc (makers of Cowbell chocolate), DMT Mobile Toilets and the Lagos State Transport team from the Public Service Office for their contribution to the success of the programme.
The First Lady also commended the L.E.A.R.N. team “for a great job well done adding, “I appreciate your passion, hard work and sacrifice which were demonstrated from the planning to the execution stage of this programme.. My special appreciation also goes to all our volunteers particularly our skill providers, Administrative support staff, Cleaners and Sports facilitators who have contributed immensely to the success of this programme”.
The programme, according to the First Lady, made very good use of the book titled “17 Secrets of High Flying Students” written by Mr. Fela Durotoye , a literary work which she described as “a great piece of work which I believe every young person aspiring for success must have as a companion for motivation and inspiration”.
During the six weeks programme, the students were taught basic subjects like English, Mathematics, Civic Duties, Sex education, and vocational skills such as catering, barbing, hairdressing, event decoration and Arts and Crafts. In addition to all these, the students also went on excursion to places of interest such as DN Meyer Plc, National Aviation Handling Company Plc, Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, Indomie Foods, Sweet Sensation and Honeywell Superfine Food.