Sunday, October 17, 2010
Trust your week has been good, happy weekend!!
Last week Friday, was such an awesome day for all of us who visited
high school students within the metropolis of Lagos. We had a Mentor
visit the students in their schools....:) . Find pictures attached...
It was such a refreshing time, as "Le Dynamique Professeur" Samuel
Ekundayo fed the youths with inspiring words of life and of wisdom.
Samuel E, profoundly called Ldp is an exciting young man who left the
shore of Nigeria some years back, started his PhD degree at the age of
23!..and still matching on....dreaming on and on....He is such a young
professional with a good spirit and sound mind who is so passionate of
young people. Starting PhD at such a young age is a 'mirage' and
almost impossible in this part of the world, and reasons why this is
so, aren't far fetched, and i know those of us in here, can attest to
it.....ASUU strike, unstable educational system, etc.
The decision to have him as our Guest Speaker was to inspire a cadre
of young people. Already, enough has been said about the distractions
our youths face in the society, the pressure to be a millionaire
overnight without having to work for it, the negative influence of
entertainments, technology, models etc.Truly, some of them have very
bad role models and all these are eating deep into their lives and
systems.....Most recently, due to the new education policy by the
Lagos State Education Board, a very high percentage of SSS 2 students
couldn't make it into SSS 3. Now, we have very few classes of SSS 3 in
most public schools in Lagos State....and very few students, compared
to what we used to have in time past...I know this might be a strategy
to raise qualify students to write the next WAEC exams....let's hope
things work out as planned. :) But, my concern in here, is that while
most of these young people were demoted because they couldn't pass
specified compulsory courses.....it's saddening that majority of these
hit them real hard and at such.....they find it difficult to repeat
classes only because they didn't pass English and Mathematics at
once!They choose not to register into their new classes and decided to
completely stay away from school....
Now, the concern is ....what is the future of such kids....who have
decided to stay off school....?
Yesterday, we were able to visit two schools and we were gladly met by
their Principals, School Counsellors and teachers, We sincerely hope
that our objective of exposing these kids to successful young
professionals like Samuel would help them think straight and know that
whatsoever the mind can conceive, it can ACHIEVE.....but, they've got
to DREAM ON....and keep their dreams alive....
We look forward to visiting more schools this coming week....
Our next Mentoring cycle begins in November and our annual Orientation
Forum has been post poned from the 23rd of this month to the 6th of
November, 2010. And, due to the greater number of Mentees/Students
that we've got to reach out to, we hope to pair more than ONE mentee
to a MENTOR. Hence, we would like to read from as many of our Mentors
who would prefer to mentor more than one students.... pls send us a
RSN -Reaching out to YOUNG PEOPLE