Olori Atuwatse III Donates Facilities To Encourage Physical/Mental Learning Among Pupils In Warri

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In line with the Palace vision to uplift educational standards across the Iwere Kingdom, the wife of the Olu of Warri, Olori Atuwatse III has donated a “Love garden” and “eduplayground facilities to Ikengbuwa Primary School in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Addressing teachers and pupils of the primary school as well as parents who were present at the inauguration ceremony held on Tuesday, Olori said that she desired to ensure that children were encouraged to come to school and learn and also to contribute to the quality of learning and innovation in teaching students.

She noted that quality education was the foundation of the growth and development of any society and so is a critical sector to focus on.

Olori added that the project would not only afford the children the opportunity to learn but to plant and harvest crops.

She said that the project would also expose the pupils to other entrepreneurial skills to help prepared them for future challenges.

“Education is very dear to my heart. It is the foundation of the growth of any society. We dream that giving you this love garden, children are not only learning how to plant and harvest crops, but they are also learning entrepreneurial skills.

“Our teachers should teach the pupils the importance of business at this very young age. They should learn commerce, agriculture and social skills which are important for growth and development,” she said.

Olori expressed the hope that the playground would motivate children to not only come to school but to learn better and urged the teachers to teach the children using the new resources as much as possible.

Speaking with newsmen on her recent visit to Finland, Olori said that they learned about the Finnish educational system.

“We understand that they integrate play and practicality in their education system. A model I have always supported.”

“We are in a good position to use the influence of the palace to support the government. We are trying to make quality education accessible to all. Quality education is not solely the right of the privileged few but a right to everyone in society.”

Earlier, Mrs Mene Patience, the Head Teacher of Ikengbuwa Primary School thanked the Olori for the initiative.

“We are honoured to be your partner in this noble project.

“No doubt that this project will raise the awareness of the learners and by extension teachers and parents on the importance of production and consumption of vegetables.

“Therefore, there is a learning opportunity for everyone in this project,” she said.

Patience, also assured that the facilities would be judiciously used and maintained.

Also, Mrs. Omamuyi Omatseye, the Supervisor of the Love Garden and Playground said that the initiative would afford the pupils a sense of belonging and ownership.

“It will help the children to learn how to plant and nurture and by implication help their minds to relax. It will also give them a sense of ownership for what they consume as well as encourage healthy eating. They can plant, grow their seeds and go home with it, so, it will give them a sense of belonging,” Omatseye said.

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