The Principal, vice Principals, Members of staff seated here this morning, fellow students of FGC Kwali, good morning.
I wish to begin by expressing my profound gratitude to Almighty God, who has enabled the emergence of a day like this, and has also granted us the opportunity to see this day – a day set aside to recognise the plight of the African child.
The day of the African child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991 when it was first initiated by the OAU. It honours those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of continuing need for improvement of the education provided to the African Child.
In Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, about ten thousand black children marched in a column about a kilometre long, protesting the poor quality of their education as provided by the then racist South African Government. They also demanded their right to be taught in their own language.
Hundreds of students were shot by the police as means of halting the protest. The most famous of them is Hector Pieterson. More than a hundred people were killed in the protest of the following weeks, and more than a thousand were injured.
The day of the African Child (DAC) 2017 will be commemorated on the theme “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa. Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity”.
The child friendly version is “Accelerating Protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030”.
Proper education of the child is the most formidable of all deployed tools for the purpose of achieving the goal. To us here, provision of students’ centre educational opportunity should be the major objective of all stockholders. Having whose thoughts are dominated by how best curriculum contents would be implemented in such a way that the core values are internalized by students.
On our part as students, we need to re-orientate ourselves such that those whose values observed in our behaviour are not only in terms of academic excellence, but also in terms of practical demonstration, signifying a people which cherished core values in the society.
I wish to cease this opportunity to thank the principal of the college and all members of staff for the privilege granted me as the acting head girl of the college, and to stand before you, reading my speech.
I also want to pledge the allegiance of all the acting prefects towards ensuring a better academic environment.
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Long live FGC Kwali!
Three Hearty cheers to the African child!
Three Hearty cheers to the members of staff of FGC Kwali!
There Hearty cheers to the Principal of the college!
I wish all of us God’s Blessings.