Children’s Day: Building tomorrow’s leaders

Children are the nation’s treasure. The young ones of today are the leaders of tomorrow and as such, we must bring them up properly, support and nurture them with the right skills, attitude and mindset to prepare them for the challenges ahead.

The 2021 International Children’s Day themed “Unite to reverse the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children” calls for more concerted efforts from the government and private sector in addressing the issues of poverty, malnutrition, insecurity and poor infrastructure for learning faced by the children.

The rights of a child must be respected and duly protected. Children deserve quality life anchored on sound education, proper mentorship and counselling, quality healthcare, freedom of movement, freedom of discrimination, among others.

For Nigeria and indeed Africa to unleash the potential of its young people and achieve socio-economic growth and stability, the provision of scalable quality and inclusive education that caters for children from all income levels, right from primary all through tertiary must be prioritised.

Teacher Florence Bello and pupils at Bridge International Academy, Adenuga during the Children’s Day celebration

As we celebrate Children’s Day on 27th May in Nigeria, we urge all relevant stakeholders to protect the rights of a child and equip children with the skills that would help them navigate through the ups and downs of life, solve problems and make right decisions which will be relevant to them in future.

At Bridge, we will continue to provide life changing education that transforms lives and opens the door to a successful future, in an environment that nurtures growth. Bridge schools are places of equal opportunity and equal learning benefits for all children.

The future of Africa depends on access to quality education. And Nigeria, being the most populous nation will contribute significantly to the number hence the need to build a nation with an educated and skilled workforce that is stable, prosperous, and competitive.