As the nation celebrates the 2013 Children’s Day, the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has charged Nigerian children to imbibe positive values as the only guarantee for a bright future.
In a goodwill message to Nigerian children, Mr. Omeri highlighted the Importance of Civic Education as a curriculum in Nigerian schools which he said would inculcate the values of discipline, hard work, respect for elders and constituted authority as well as love of country in the Nigerian child. He noted that while educational qualification was important in child development, education without values holds little hope for a bright future.
The NOA Director General also challenged the family, as the primary agent of socialization, to take seriously the task of moral instruction for children in order to check moral decadence and social vices among the youths of tomorrow.
In his words, “There is no guaranteed future for any people whose children are shielded from moral instructions and value orientation. This task must therefore be taken with all seriousness by our families who are the primary agents of socialization for our children; our schools which have the opportunity of imparting formal Civic Education; and indeed all members of society, seeing we all share a collective heritage and future. The upbringing of the Nigerian child is the up-building of our national future and as such should be treated with the seriousness it deserves”.
While wishing Nigerian children happy Children’s Day celebrations, Mr. Omeri urged parents to sieze the opportunity to avail their children of the various activities lined up for them by government and well-meaning organizations, assuring them that government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure their safety during such events.