…we will correct the ills in spoken, written English – Proprietor
A novel language school in Akwa Ibom State, known as Languages, Communication, ICT and Professional Development Evening Continuing Education Centre, has held its first convocation ceremony.
The event which took place on Friday, February 21 at the NUT Teachers’ House along IBB Way in Uyo, saw the Convocation of 12 students of the school, as well as the Award of certificates/prizes and Award of Excellence to deserving graduands.
Located at 74, Ikot Ekpene Road Uyo, the Language school teaches core British English, French, Greek and Ibibio languages.
Speaking at the occasion, the Proprietor of the School, Mr. Edet William who was overwhelmed at the large turnout of the public, expressed fulfilment that his long-time dream had metamorphosed into reality.
He recalled that his dissatisfaction with written works he read as a student and Editor from his prime, was the reason he dreamt of starting a training class for people who desire to speak and write well.
“I have even observed that some writers on Newspaper are not familiar with basic English grammar. So, you keep seeing someone write an article with poor sentence construction, poor syntax and others. These endeared me into starting a school of English which has metamorphosed into a school of Languages”, he explained, adding that as the number of students in the former English class increased, the idea of expanding the class became necessary and thus gave birth to the maxim that necessity is the mother of invention.
The Proprietor stated further that the school which came into public existence in 2016 has gotten the approval of the government to operate as an institution, has 15 lecturers cutting across various subject areas and is well accredited by the necessary agencies and authorities.
“The Ministry of Education oversees all educational programmes through the directorate for Adult and Non-formal Education after they came for an intensive inspection”.
He explained that Adult Education does not necessarily mean a school for the elderly but a place where those who could not further their academic pursuits at their youthful age can do so, adding that those who had discontinued their studies for one reason or the other, sometimes in the past, can also continue their education via the school.
“Asides from teaching English, French, Greek and Ibibio, the institution has inculcated ICT into its curriculum to empower students on digital communication skills to enhance social relevance”, he said.
Mr. Williams however noted that the school is not a WAEC, NECO or JAMB preparatory platform but an avenue for self-improvement and development of spoken English and other languages.
“The duration of study is one year and entails a seminar preparation and defense, summation exam and series of courses”, the Proprietor said.
Speaking on prospects for the school, Mr. Williams disclosed that plans were underway with JAMB to ensure that an affiliation is ensured with the bodies recommended by the exams umpire for an affiliation. This, he said, is to ensure that graduates of the school are admitted into Universities for higher studies without cause for questioning or suspicion.
“Today, we are graduating 12 students out of which 2 who performed creditably well on their seminar defense have been attached to lecturers for onward staffing”, he proclaimed.
He called on members of the public to embrace the school to be able to stand out brightly among their contemporaries, write well and speak better. “Let’s leave this lazy Facebook slangs which is affecting us and become serious. If everybody takes it the way were taking it, we will be able to effect the needed changes in our speaking and writing culture”, he admonished.
Earlier in his address titled: The Role of Adult Literacy ICT on Technology on Societal Development In The 21st Century, the Faculty Dean of Education, University of Uyo, Prof. Okon Ekong noted that Continuing education is an essential tool necessary for every individual to articulate his/herself to take key decisions, live a fulfilled life and contribute meaningfully to the development of the society.
“For the individual to better and functionally adjust and adapt to survive in the society, the individuals have to be equipped with the abilities and capabilities hence the need for a re-education in the 21st century”, he said.
Prof Antiaobong who was represented at the event by Dr. (Mrs.) Theresa Udofia of the same Faculty, stressed that adult education is a second chance education that helps in ensuring social and cultural self- reliance, provide literacy skills of writing, reading, communicating and numeracy to meet the individual and societal needs, and equips adults with relevant skills, knowledge and attitude with the aim of helping them organise themselves be self- employed, have better social life and take right decisions in all spheres of life.
He taught that a good acquisition of adult education will among other things boost the nation’s economy, ensure the implementation of government policies, ensure environmental sustainability, improve political practice, ensure best practices in education, ensure better governance and improve agriculture.
The event featured the 40th birthday celebration of the school’s Proprietor and the Fifty Million Naira Fund Raising for the school.
Meanwhile, admission into the School of Languages is in progress and admission forms can be gotten for the next academic session at 74, Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo.
Present at the occasion were the Chairman, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Ekomabasi Akpan; Head of Department, History and International Studies of the University of Uyo, Dr. Nkereuwem Edemekong; Directorate for Adult and Non-formal Education, Ministry of Education, friends and families of graduating students as well as that of the birthday celebrant.