By Usman Shuaibu
On the 30th of September, 2019, the management of Famaks British schools as well as the teachers gathered at the school’s hall to celebrate the 59th Independence Day event. The independence celebration attracted the parents of the children. Famaks British Schools Abuja is located in Asokoro District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Schools run nursery, primary and secondary education.
The Famaks British Schools Abuja was founded in 2008 and started operation on the 12th of January, 2009. Famaks British Schools Abuja always provides an enabling environment for pupils/students in the schools. The schools place very high premium on Teachers’ Professional Development.
However, Famaks British Schools Kaduna began operation shortly after on the 3rd of September, 2010. The schools follow the National British Curriculum as well to further enhance the children’s international experience.
Interestingly, Famaks British Schools Abuja have put in place facilities in the schools such as on-site medical clinic and standby ambulance, well prepared meals for the students, superb kitchen and dining facilities, outdoor play equipment for different age groups, school bus service to different destinations, uninterrupted power supply, extra-curricular activities and flexi-boarding facility.
The facilities provided in the schools include: state of the art ICT suites, specialist rooms for art, design technology, music and dance, well equipped classrooms with interactive white boards, well stocked key stage primary and early years libraries and science and language laboratories.
At this juncture, some of the foundation subjects taught in the schools are: Personal, Social and Health Education, History, Geography, Physical Education, French, RE, Music, Arts and Design & Technology.
On flexi-boarding house, pupils at Famaks British Schools, Abuja are able to attend school as boarders. The Famaks purpose-built boarding house could cater for up to 40 pupils on a full or part time basis. The parents love to use this facility when work or business takes them out of the FCT. The balanced programme of academic and social activities focus on both parents and pupils alike with the assurance that they are being well looked after and cared for.
In an interview with newsmen during the Independence celebration, the Chairman/Founder of Famaks British Schools, Sagir Hamid, said the authority of the schools organized the Independence celebration in order to unite the children.
He noted that the best place to begin uniting the children is from the school level saying that “we want to start uniting Nigerians through our students”.
Hamid said: “Despite all that Nigerians have passed through, we are still united today”.
Speaking on the students’ performance, he said the students had taught so many things concerning diversity and disunity among Nigerians in the country, pointing out that the students were saying no to disunity in totality in Nigeria.
His words: “The students have identified the root causes of our problems as a nation. And they are resolved through the school to make unity of Nigeria a paramount in their learning”.
He expressed with joy that all the presentations of the students during the Independence celebration focused on the unity in diversity, while calling on the parents to partner with the schools to counsel the students against religious bigotry, hatred, tribalism and ethnicity.
The founder of Famaks British Schools Abuja, however, told the parents that no country is greater than Nigeria.
Also speaking, Abuja Deputy Head of Famaks British Schools, Vivian Dands, urged Nigerians to embrace their cultural heritage in anywhere they found themselves.
Vivian Dands used the Independence celebration to appeal to the government of the day to provide basic necessities of life for the people.
Continuing, she pleaded with the government to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians by alleviating their sufferings in the society.
On his part, the Director of the schools, Emmanuel K. Wirkon, said the schools always organize the independence celebration so as to remember the Nigerian heroes past.
His words: “We organised the Independence celebration to concertize our children to make them to know the value of that uniqueness we propagate in Nigeria to remind ourselves for the love of our country, the love for one another and element of probity, and those things that will make Nigeria to move forward”.
He advised Nigerian youth to love one another, while urging them to support the governments at all levels for the sake of development.
“Famaks British Schools is one of the best schools in Africa. And we have received awards to that effect, that we are the best. That is why from time to time we celebrate excellence”, he said.
The Director disclosed that Famaks British Schools is registered member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).
Delivering the Independence celebration’s lecture entitled “The Nigeria of Our Dream”, the guest speaker of the occasion, Mr. Denja Abdullahi, urged Nigerians to see themselves as one irrespective of their religious, tribal and ethnic inclinations.
He added that Nigerians should be proud of their country, as well contribute positively to the socio-economic growth of the nation, as the guest speaker, he called on the youth to desist from any act capable of causing disunity among them.
He tasked Nigerian leaders, followers and the generality of Nigerians to gear towards moving the country to next level.
Abdullahi, who is the President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), commended the management of Famaks British Schools for providing quality education for the students in the schools.
Not left out, a parent, Alheri Gabriel Aloke, described Famaks British Schools as good schools and expressed happiness over the students’ presentations at the occasion.
Meanwhile, play on late Dele Giwa among other line-up programmes were presented by the students during the celebration.