It was another remarkable atmosphere of fun for over 150 students drawn from across several schools in Ondo State as a Non Governmental Organization, Kids & Teens Resource Centre (K& TRC) organized Children Cultural Fiesta, the 4th of its kind to mark the African Day 2021 celebration.
At the event held at Bishop Hughes Memorial Nursery & Primary School Hall, the CEO, K& TRC, Martin- Mary Falana said the organization is passionate about children and will continue to do all in its power to bring smiles to the faces of children most especially those who live in rural areas whose parents cannot afford to pay their schools fees among others.
While also enjoining those who are physically challenged or abused either physically or sexually to reach out to the organization, Mr. Falana thanked all those who contributed in no small measure to the success of the programme just as he expressed gratitude to schools that honoured the invitation within short notice.
On the essence of the yearly celebration, Mr. Falana said his NGO decided to start the Cultural Fiesta to celebrate with children other than the yearly match pass that has marked children’s day celebration from time immemorial.
He however called on well meaning Nigerians to continue to support initiatives that improves the well being of others most especially the less privileged.
In her lecture centered around Culture, the Guest Lecturer, Ms. Olusola Balogun, CEO, SoupArite spoke extensively on culture as the way of life of the people saying it is primarily expressed in the way the people greet, their dress sense and their food among others.
Mrs. Balogun while noting that the culture of the people in Nigeria is fast fading out enjoined the children to go back home to their parents and learn about their different cultures so as to preserve some forms for the next generation.
In a special presentation done by students of Bishop Hughes, Onyeabur Paul, Ndachaba Chebe and Aluko Oyindamola decried the state of the nation saying many parents now neglect their children forgetting that they are their future and the leaders of tomorrow.
While expressing gratitude to Kids & Teens Resource Centre most especially for putting smiles on the faces of children, Ndachaba Chebe particularly made case for girl child education saying the future is female.
Major highlights of the event include presentation of goodwill messages from the State Ministry of Education and as well rich cultural displays, cultural dance, competitions and poetry presentations among others.
Some of the schools that participated in this year’s programme include All Saints Mega Primary School, St Theresa R.C.M, United CAC High School, Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, St. Peters Demonstration Primary School, Calvary International College, CAC Gramnar School, Grand Nursery School, Bishop Hughes, St Anthony RCM and St Peters Unity Secondary School.
At the end of the competition, CAC Grammar School topped the chart for best cultural display for the secondary category just as Bishop Hughes came first in the primary school category.
In a chat with newsmen, the Regent of Ibulesoro, Princess Moyinoluwa Falowo applauded Kids & Teens Resource Centre for always putting smiles on the faces of children saying she was very impressed at the turnout and that she had a nice relaxing time with the children.
She also enjoined well meaning Nigerians to take a cue from the gesture by taking advantage of every opportunity to help the less privileged around them towards building a better society.
Also in the company of the Regent of Ibulesoro was the Yeye Oge of Ibulesoro among other dignitaries.
Also speaking on the success of the programme, the Executive Director, K & TRC, Mrs. Folashade Bamgboye thanked some of its partners for making the programme a success.