Korean Centre donates learning materials to UBEB
As part of efforts to encourage innovative learning among Nigerian children, the Korean Cultural Centre in the country has donated handbooks and DVDs on children’s play to the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The materials donated are collections from a play workshop organised for children in the F.C.T. earlier in the year. The educational and cultural arm of the Embassy of Korea in Nigeria, partnered some indigenous outfits in a children development initiative themed, “Let’s Play with Yoo!,” in April.
Participants were drawn from the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, National Orientation Agency, Federal Ministry of Education and the FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB).
That programme, which focused on the development of children’s plays for Nigerian children, was part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the Korean Cultural Centre.
While handing over the educational materials to the FCT UBEB Director, Dr. Mrs. Catherine Ezeilo, the Director of the Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Kwon Yong-Ik said, the materials would help children develop not only cognitive flexibility, but also their teamwork abilities and creativity. Encouraged by the participants’ enthusiastic response to the workshop programmes, KCC videotaped the workshop and prepared the relevant educational materials.
“KCC is honored to donate videotapes and educational materials to UBEB in the hope that the materials will be distributed to all public primary schools in the Abuja area and enjoyed by as many children in the area as possible.
Yong-Ik said he believes that it would be better and of great benefit, if the children’s play programmes were adopted by the education board as a regular course or an after-school programme in the area.
“Children are the future of a country. As the director of KCC Nigeria, I have been deeply impressed by Nigerian children’s exceptional vitality and warm-heartedness. Therefore, I can assure everyone here that the future of Nigeria is brighter than that of any other country on earth,” he stated.
He said that the KCC Nigeria will continue to render support and collaborate in developing educational programmes that would help Nigerian children realise their potentials.