The wife of Governor of Anambra State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has emphasised the need for children not to despair but to be upbeat about life beyond the momentary revulsion of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She also called on mothers to show more interest in the education of their children.
Mrs. Obiano made the plea against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic in a special message in commemoration of the 2020 Children’s Day signed on her behalf by Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Emeka Ozumba.
She said mothers were uniquely positioned to help the children to achieve their full potentials despite the challenges of distant learning, adding that they have an obligation to bridge the gap between the children’s conventional physical presence in schools and the nuances of e-learning at home.
In her words, “It is no longer news that the Coronavirus has drastically altered the way we live and more so the education of our children. From physical presence in class rooms to remote learning at home with new challenges requiring careful guidance of the children in how they learn and what they do.”
“Mothers are now required to ensure that the children achieve good academic standards by adapting to the new teaching mode, keeping to timetables, doing assignments and achieving good grades as well as being ready when school resumes.”
Mrs. Obiano described the chosen theme for 2020 Children’s Day celebrations: Promoting Girl Child Education for Sustainable Development as apt and timely especially with the challenges posed by Covid-19 which she noted requires sustained effort by all to overcome.
Whilst wishing the children happy 2020 Children’s Day celebrations, Mrs. Obiano urged them to be disciplined by obeying all Covid-19 protocols like keeping required social distance, washing of hands, using hand sanitizers and wearing of facemasks in public.