By Zainab Owhoka/Ojodu
It was an event meant to educate the youths and indeed the youths learnt various lessons in their quest to grow up and be useful to themselves and their country.
The Education Youth Summit 2013 which held on Tuesday 26 March was organized by the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI), An initiative of the US Consulate General, Lagos. It turned out to be an event which would linger in the hearts of the attendees for a long time.
The idea behind the event was to make the students understand that there is greatness in every student.
The summit also sought to encourage students to bring out the best in them as well as bringing positive changes to the incessant negative academic performance by students in external examinations such as the West African Senior Secondary School Examination.
The summit themed “Be a hero” was an avenue for secondary school students to be addressed by those who are trailblazers in their respective fields; those who are role models because they have gone through thick and thin but have come out strong. The guests made the students to understand that it might be difficult at the beginning “but if you press on you will definitely come out a stronger and become better person”.
Indeed it was an exciting time for the students to learn.
Mr Efosa Obazee of Standard Chartered Bank discussed successful habits of a hero. He urged the students to develop discipline, commitment, focus and determination, as these are the attributes that would guarantee a bright future and things that will make them stand the test of time.
Dr (Mrs) Titi Akinlade of Exxon-Mobil encouraged the students to be focused, to have a goal, and a mindset to accomplish them.
According to Mrs Joke Kujenya, an Assistant Editor with the Nations newspapers, “there is nothing that is beyond your reach except you don’t work towards it”. She encouraged female students not to give in to the mentality of using their bodies to get what they want.
The event which also featured a talk show, an award ceremony, drama, poem and question and answer as well as motivational speeches was held at the Lagos State Education Resource Centre, Ojodu.
CYFI was represented by Deepa Sipes and Mr. Clemson Ayegbusi. Deepa gave the closing remarks where she expressed satisfaction with the response from the students and school authorities. She spoke on the importance of mentorship, and encouraged young people to surround themselves with positive-minded people, because everyone is a product of who they surround themselves with.
Also, in attendance were: Mr Oluseyi Fasanya, Human Resources Manager, United Parcel Service; Mrs Tina Utoro, Creative Director, Catyna Ventures; Mrs Taiye Faloju, Standard Chartered Bank; and Prof. Moses Adetumbi, Author, “You are better than you think”.