First Lady in Rivers State,Commissions School

patience_jonathan 600First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, says the growth of the society depends on the quality of education we avail our children.

Dame Jonathan said this today during the Commissioning of Yitzhak Rabin International School and Resource Centre in Port Harcourt.

She described the institution as a well considered investment, adding that it is befitting to name the school after the late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin who left a legacy as an international statesman, commending the school authority for the conducive environment provided for learning.

“We live in a knowledge society and ICT is the way of the future, it does become very important for our children to embrace technology at an early age. It is interesting that the school has recognized this and ensured that technology is a key part of its programme for the students”.

She encouraged the school authority to be conscious of the compelling need to accord high priority to morals and civic education in order to checkmate the worrisome moral decadence in the society.

Earlier, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, thanked the school authority and the Isreali Government for choosing to locate the institution in the State, stressing that, “one of the first things we have pursued with energy and vigour has been the issue of education and bring this again to add to what we are doing is a boost to educational development in Rivers State”.

In his speech, the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Uriel Palti, noted that the First Lady’s presence at the event symbolized the deep connection between Israel and Nigeria and the common values and aspirations both countries share.

In his Welcome Address, President of Yitzhak Rabin Center for African Development, Dr. Blessing Ogini, said since opening the school to the public, it has been providing quality education to children of all backgrounds, pointing out that this would equip them with the relevant skills in addressing the nation’s problems.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of an Award of Excellence on the First Lady by the son of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Yuval Rabin.

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