The National President of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, (NAPPS), Samira Jibir, has encouraged members of the association to integrate technology into economic development.

This, she said, would foster job creations, creativity and critical thinking among Nigeria childrens.
Speaking during the 2024 Children’s Day celebration in Abuja, Jibir emphasised the importance of promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equity in education.

She stressed the need for every child to have access to quality education and opportunities for personal growth, ensuring their safety, mental health, and emotional security.

Recognising the pivotal role of technology in shaping future prospects, Jibir advocated for equipping children with digital literacy and 21st-century skills.
She also urged the government to support private schools, particularly those serving less privileged children, through tax breaks, reduced multiple taxation, and enhanced teacher training programmes.

She underscored the active parental participation in school activities, curriculum discussions, and open communication with teachers.

She added: “Empowerment encompasses more than just academic excellence. It encompasses fostering a nurturing environment that respects and nurtures the uniqueness of each child, regardless of their background, abilities, or circumstances for the economic growth in the country .”

“Furthermore, as we strive to empower the Nigerian child for the future, we must recognise the pivotal role of technology in shaping their lives and prospects in the future workspace.”

“In an increasingly digital world, we must equip our children with digital literacy or 21st century skills, enabling them to harness the power of technology for learning, innovation, and empowerment while safeguarding them from its potential risks and pitfalls.”

The playing field is not always level. Many private schools cater to children from less fortunate backgrounds. To truly empower all children, we urge the government to provide greater support to private schools. This could include tax breaks, reduction of multiple taxation, multiple interference from different government agencies. We sue for more teacher training programs, and collaborative projects not only for teachers in public schools but for teachers in private schools too.

“In conclusion, let us recommit ourselves today to the noble cause of empowering the Nigerian child for the future by enabling them to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, higher order thinking, effective communication, collaboration and entrepreneurial abilities that will allow them to create their own opportunities and impact their world positively. “

“Let us pledge to provide them with the love, care, and support they need to realise their full potential and become the leaders, innovators, and change-makers of tomorrow. Together, let us build a brighter, more inclusive future where every child can thrive and contribute to the progress and prosperity of our beloved nation, Nigeria.”

To our children, ‘’do not let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It is your place in the world; it is your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live’’.