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The acting Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Alhassan Sule, has solicited scholarship awards for learners of the Chinese language in order to promote cultural exchange between China and Nigeria.
Sule stated this at the inauguration of the upgraded Chinese Centre, Area 11, Abuja, on Friday.
The chairman, who was represented by the Director, Teacher Professional Development, Jacqueline Amasike, stated, ‘’The last time we had a mass scholarship award was in 2016 where 1,000 indigent but brilliant children from primary and junior secondary schools were selected and presented scholarship awards by the embassy to assist their academic programme but have been suspended by the Embassy for now.’’
According to him, the initiative would further help the education sector which he described as the only instrument that guarantees development.
“We cannot rely only on the government, education for all is everyone’s responsibility. Education is very necessary because it guarantees the future of a nation’s development in all aspects,’’ Sule further stated.
He appreciated the Asian powerhouse for the China Assisted Primary School in Nyanya and the upgrading of the Chinese Centre, Area 11.
Sule noted, “One thing the board is planning to introduce in our schools is the Chinese Ambassador Ping Pong (Table Tennis) Competition to popularize the game among our learners. When all arrangements are concluded, we hope to intimate the Embassy for necessary support.”
The Chinese Ambassador, Cui Jianchun, represented by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Chinese Embassy, Zhang Yii, said no matter how much help his country had offered, more could be done for Nigerian schools. He encouraged the students to work hard.
The envoy said, “No matter the promises we make, we don’t mind because the future of the students matters.
“In China, we say no matter how poor you are, you can’t neglect education. We have so many wonderful teachers because they help to build the children. Since 1971, Nigeria helped China, so it is time to reciprocate; there is a lot we can do together.’’