TAYO’s Funtoons at Child of Promise School, Lagos by TAYO Fatunla

Child of Promise School, situated on the outskirts of Lagos, is a school of high standard and sound education, providing a good atmosphere for the development of a child throughout his or her educational years at the school.

Child of Promise School is situated on the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Ajah, Lagos, and comes under the wings of the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Christ the Redeemer’s Schools Management (CRSM), which oversees 120 nurseries, primary and secondary schools all around Nigeria, and internationally as well.

The school is made up of a crèche, Montessori pre-school, nursery and primary school, and focuses on the child’s unique abilities, growth and potential. It provides activities that foster growth socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. It also engages quality staff with a caring, nurturing and supportive attitude, who impart Christian values and leadership. It is a known fact that RCCG’s ministers and its members hold important positions in Nigeria’s government, nationally and locally.

The Board of Governors of the school is made up of pastors and a deaconess. Pastor-in-Charge, Pastor Femi Obaweya, has made Child of Promise School part of the Church project, in helping to develop the human resources of the nation of Nigeria, and to raise great ambassadors for the nation and the Kingdom of God. The bright, colourful premises remind me of the children’s animal book, Elmer the Elephant, made up of many colours. Colours and animals are great stimulants for children, hence the vibrant and never-a-dull-moment atmosphere all around. It is very well thought out.

This is why I was invited to hold cartoon workshop and storytelling sessions at the Child of Promise School: to further enhance the school’s set-up with creative skills geared towards a godly future, to inspire, to excel, to educate, to inform, to believe and to lead in the future.

The head teacher, Mrs Toyin Ebor, was full of excitement about my all-day visit, during which she showed me beautiful artwork the children had produced at the school. She has always made it a point of duty to encourage the children to develop their talent and skills, with an art exhibition last March at Terra Kulture, in Victoria Island, Lagos.

At Child of Promise, the children were introduced to a wider artistic horizon, using styles and techniques to draw cartoons. It was a first-of-its-kind cartoon workshop at the school, and the children were excited to have been part of the workshop programme for the day, using cartoons, comic images and picture books to tell and retell stories. Some children are keen to draw comics, paint, design and illustrate, so this was an opportunity to be part of the session.

I also had a session with the school’s teachers, showing other ways of engaging mainstream schoolchildren, as well as children with special needs, and how to identify and meet their needs. There are many talented children at the school, and it’s no surprise that they have developed their skills with the school’s wonderful educational structure. Child of Promise School aims to raise a godly generation, and believes that a character built mainly on its six pillars – namely Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship – counts, because every child matters. The school uses the British curriculum for language development, and has come a long way since its inception in 2004.

For more information about the Child of Promise School in Lagos, visit www.childofpromiseschool.com.

 

TAYO Fatunla – tfatunla@hotmail.com

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