Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, was among top officials of the state who spared time to teach pupils at the SUBEB Model Nursery and Primary School, Efon-Alaye, on Tuesday.
The programme was the furtherance of the Reading Parents initiative of the State Universal Basic Education Board aimed at encouraging parents to play prominent role in instilling the reading culture in pupils.
The Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, and Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Chief Ronke Okusanya, also took part in the 30-minute teaching and reading.
The governor’s wife taught Primary 4 pupils of the school from Module 8 of the Macmillan New Primary English Book 4 on a story titled “Uncle Babs the Drunkard.”
During the session, Erelu Bisi Fayemi counselled the pupils to imbibe moral rectitude and to always obey their parents and teachers in order to be well positioned as future leaders.
She advised parents to play key role in the development and education of their children, with emphasis that pupils should not be dumped on school or lesson teachers.
The governor’s wife said that the reading programme was initiated as a way of encouraging parents to take time out of their busy schedule to constantly read to their children.
“This is how children learn and spend time with their parents and understand some of the things they are being taught in class, especially those that teachers don’t have time to explain to them fully.
“When I was growing up, my father read to me all the time, and I also read to my son all the time. I think this is what we should all do regardless of how busy we are. And those who are not literate should always get someone in the family or community to do it for them.”
Erelu Bisi Fayemi added that the programme was an avenue for parents to assess the performance of their children, adding that it would also build the self-esteem and self-confidence of the pupils.
She advised parents to take advantage of the free education, school renovation, provision of computers and other policies of government aimed at improving the standard of education.
The governor’s wife later participated in a village meeting of SUBEB officials, parents, teachers, community leaders and other stakeholders.
The meeting focused on the sensitization of the stakeholders on the education of children and enlightenment of parents on the rights of the child.
It was also an avenue for parents and guardians to interact with school administrators and teachers.
Last modified: July 12, 2013