Following the success of the maiden edition of Top Nigerian Private Secondary School UK Education Fair and the request from parents for more options of schools, the 2nd edition of the Fair has been scheduled to hold on July 16 and 17, at the University Square, Stratford, London.
According to the organisers of the Fair, the UK Education Fair would bring together Nigerian parents living in the UK, to the University Square in Stratford where they would be meeting with top Nigerian Secondary School representatives. The top Secondary Schools, including top Federal Government Schools, would be exhibiting and showcasing their facilities, success stories and interviewing children for a place in their schools.
The Chief Executive Officer of Brand Edge Ltd, (organisers of the Fair), Mr. Femi Akinwunmi said the rationale for the fair, was to offer an easier platform for some “parents in UK who wanted to send their children to Nigeria during those formative years (secondary school years) due to the legal implications in the UK of impeding African Values. The kids would be reoriented and reconnected to their roots and values”.
Parents, he observed, were often at cross roads in selecting the appropriate schools for their children and wards, as “they do not know the schools that have the right facilities, offer British or mixed curriculum, with other essential facilities like security, sports, music, social services etc”.
He stated that “top Nigerian secondary schools had over the years invested in human resources from around the world to create an inclusive model of extra-ordinary high standard blended with great value to mould children into young adults ready to achieve boundless heights in various higher institutions around the world”.
He cited some quotes from few great Nigerians that pledged their lives to ensuring that Nigerian students got quality education, such as-“proper, qualitative and functional education of the girl-child enables her attain the desired level in the society,” by Mrs. Leila Fowler founder Vivian Fowler. And “every child brought a gift to the world. So, let us bring them up so that the gifts can unfold.” Winifred Awosika – founder Chrisland Colleges
He added that the “Nigerian High Commission in the UK have been very proactive and helpful, so are all the Nigerian communities and religious leaders, particularly, the leadership of Redeemed Christian Church of God, KICC, Winners Chapel, Love World and the Catholic church, as well as the Muslim community”.
Noting that interested schools and parents could easily register on the website- www.npssfair.com., the CEO also stated that the fair is a platform to drive education tourism into Nigeria and assist in boosting the Nigerian economy in this era of diversification of the country’s mono-economy.
According to him, “the target for 2016 is to get 1000 kids from UK and USA. This according to him would inject an average of N3 billion naira into the economy from fees and a percentage of this on living expenses. 5% of revenue generated will go directly to the Federal Government in VAT. This program he said, will drive the travel, hospitality and other industries including SME businesses.
Mr. Femi Akinwunmi added that “there will also be a UK based Nigerian Parents Forum on the 16th of July 2016 where the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to the UK and other speakers will be speaking to parents on the need to take reculturation of their children seriously and a more active role in children career choice.
The theme is “The Change Vision; Nigeria’s Tomorrow and the role of Diaspora parents in children career choice.”
He called on the Federal Government and corporate Nigeria to drive the programme stating that more good schools will participate if the Federal Government takes responsibility for some of the expenses like booking of the Venue, print and electronic media promotion and volunteer activities