Martin Beck Nworah Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8
In 2004, Fr. Martin Obum Ikeagu was my formator and teacher. Today in October 2016, I went to exchange ideas with him and his students. Just like in the days of old, I have grown to appreciate his input and that of his mates in my life. Today, I was blown away by his works and achievements at St. Anthony of Padua High School Nkpor.
He welcomed me, Marah Da Divah and Hilary Onwuegbusi who accompanied me to his school and took us around. We saw the gigantic academic building and the adjacent multi million naira library, biology, physics and chemistry lab that is nearing completion. On completion, the students will move from the old one to the new state of the art facility to improve learning and give them digital training in the 21st century.
In each class, the form teacher is present and has a table inside the class. This is not a situation of having the classroom being monitored by just the class prefect alone. With the form teacher around, the students can easily reach out, get advice and counselling on per-second billing. This is a laudable initiative and one that is worthy of emulation by other schools.
I saw the new computer lab and the laptops newly purchased to aid the students in learning. When plans are concluded, these students can directly be tutored on Mathematics and other core subjects online as a way of supporting the knowledge they get in the class rooms. What else does a 21st century student need?
Having visited many schools and graced youth events both in Anambra State and beyond, I can authoritatively say that the students at St Anthony of Padua High School are amongst the most disciplined and neat. Seeing their academic laurels blew my mind away and I shed internal tears of joy; there's a good thing coming out from Nazareth. You don't need to take your kids to far away states to get qualitative and standard secondary education. With their students excelling in Waec and other external examinations, these young lads are doing exceptionally well.
I spoke to them for upwards of two hours on peer pressure, life, academics, society, creativity, talent, politics and respect. I totally enjoyed their attentiveness and rapt attention throughout the session. Anambra sure has very talented and gifted young individuals in these youngsters.
To Fr. Martin and his management team at St. Anthony of Padua High School, this is saying a very heartfelt thank you for your hospitality and the good job you are doing at the school. We hope to sustain the flow and create a very good documentary to celebrate the 20th anniversary next year.
Thank you so very much.
Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.