A former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Reuben Abati, has advised parents to identify their children’s gifts and continue to encourage them in the art of writing.
Speaking at a Children’s Day event organised by the Jordan Hill Creative Writing and Reading Workshop in Lagos, Abati said Africa would be able to compete with the rest of the world, if parents paid attention to the development of the younger generation.
“For Africa to develop and compete with the rest of the world there should be more focus on the younger generation by catching them young in all spheres of life.
“Writing is very important, as we live in a world of communication and reading makes a man because it forms an abundance of knowledge. Jordan Hill provides the platform for the young ones to tell their stories,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mrs Adeyoyin Adesina, advised children to identify a problem in their immediate environment and use their idea to create a solution.
She said, “Your creativity is built through your imagination, the world needs your solution, remember that many children across the world have made great differences, believe in your dreams, develop relationships that can keep your dreams in line with your vision.”
The Educational Director of Jordan Hill, Mr Adeola Eze, said this year’s Children’s Day was not just about the celebration of children, but of talents that the young children possess.
“The theme of this year’s celebration is one not just founded on truth, but it calls for great reflection – “One Child. One Dream. One Nation”. It is no new story that the children of today will become our leaders of tomorrow. How are we giving them the right platforms to develop and cultivate their ideas into plans to move the country forward?”
“To parents also, note your children’s interest, it is better to catch them young. Do not delay in aiding them to discover their talents early, and take an interest in their ideas. Only then will their confidence peak and their talents shine to the ends of the earth,” Eze said