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Umunachi Central School and donation of band instruments by old student

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 10:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka  –  Awka


Staff and pupils of Central School, Umunachi, in the Dunukofia Local Government area of Anambra State, were recently full of joy and thankful to Pat Anyadubalu, Coordinator of an NGO, Back-To-School Foundation.

This followed a donation of a full set of band instruments worth over a million naira to their school by Anyadubalu. And according to Anyadubalu, the gesture is part of his own contributions towards the enhancement of the pupils’ educational pursuit.

The staff and pupils of the school sang to high heaven the praises of Anyadubalu, who is a philanthropist and lawyer, to express their appreciation to him after the presentation of the instruments.

Anyadubalu said the band was designed to assist and give the pupils a sense of belonging and motivation.

He said: “This primary school is where I had my first formal education, which was in the years 1975-1981. So, it is part of my philanthropic gesture to support our alma-mater. I found out regrettably that in most cases when we clamour that the alumni should support their alma-mater, the emphasis usually is on the universities or secondary schools, not supporting the primary schools. But you find out that primary school should be given that basic support because that is the origin and the foundation of good education for a child.

“You know when a foundation of a house is faulty you can hardly rectify a faulty foundation, what you do is to pull down the entire building, but if the foundation is solid and there is an error subsequently you can always rectify that error. Therefore if the foundation was not properly laid, probably it would have been very difficult for that person to rise up to secondary school or university level, but where the foundation is properly laid you will appreciate that the sky would be the limit of that child. So that was why I say that, let me support my alma-mater starting from the primary school.” According to Anyadubalu, the gesture was also to assist the pupils in their match past, during and after the nation’s celebration of October first, May Day. “I think that absence or lack of band will affect the match past and some other functions. I think this will motivate and enable them (pupils) to practice and compete with others schools during nation’s celebrations.”

He further unveiled an essay writing/quiz competition for the school; according to him, the essay/quiz competition will be tagged ‘Pat Anyadualu Annual Essay Competition’.

He said the essence is to encourage the pupils and cultivate the reading culture and English language.

His words: “If these children are very good in English language, the sky would be their limit. English language is the basic language which is used to teach, so if you are good in English language, such a person would be able to be good in many other subjects because the ability to understand a subject is the primary point, if you cannot understand the language a particular subject is taught it will be very difficult for such a person to understand the subject. So I want to promote English language, I want to see a situation where in the future we have journalists, members of the mass communication, good lawyers, saying I attended here, and the foundation was laid here. So I want to promote English language through essay/quiz competition here”.

He advised the pupils to read hard and build a better future for themselves. “They should be very studious, let them read very well, let them know that the future belongs to them. We were here probably forty years ago and look at me now, I can tell you that I remember vividly the activities we passed through here as kids, but let them not think that the future is very far, forty years ago now look at me here and I can still recall particular places I used to sit.

“So let them not think that is very far, when will it comes, it will come one day, the future belongs to them, but they have to start now to prepare, study hard because to lay a very good foundation is hard, they have to start now to prepare it, if they don’t start now to prepare it they may be cut off  by then, they won’t be able to go far because by the time they failed to do well in their primary level, probably they made their way to the secondary level, they might not get far.”

In her vote of thanks, the Headmistress, Mrs Evelyn Uwaezuoke, expressed joy over the event, describing it as “a dream comes true”. She maintained that the band and essay/quiz competition will go a long way in lifting the school which, according to her, has over 500 pupils.