Educationist harps on importance of informal learning to children’s growth
An Education Advocate, Mrs Katmaan Senlong, has harped on the importance of educating the children beyond the ‘four walls’ of the classroom.
Senlong, the CEO of Rupetta Academy Tech Swimmers: Coding, Chess & Swimming Club gave the advice in a chat with newsmen at the end of a maiden Summer School organised by the Academy in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summer club programme culminated in a vibrant summer party that brought together enthusiastic students, dedicated instructors, proud parents, and the local community.
Senlong said the need to educate the young ones through informal means could not be over-emphasised, adding that it would help in fostering the overall growth and development of children in the country.
“An informal setting such as what we offer in our club, aims to equip children with the skills necessary to thrive in today’s ever-evolving world of technology.
“Children are empowered and introduced to new skills in a fun and engaging manner, while embracing the joy of learning.
“Each club activity brings a unique set of benefits that contribute to holistic growth and development,” she said.
Senlong explained that the Club was a pioneering institution dedicated to nurturing young minds through a holistic approach to education.
She said with a focus on technology, swimming, and chess, the academy empowers children with valuable skills that extend beyond the classroom, fostering their overall growth and development.
“Coding, for example, enhances problem-solving abilities, creativity, and self-assurance, while swimming improves cardiovascular health, muscle strength, coordination, and balance.
“Moreover, chess, a game renowned for enhancing critical thinking, memory, and self-discipline, encourages strategic thinking and forward planning.
“Children are challenged to anticipate various scenarios within the game, fostering a sharp intellect.
“By the end of the program, participants would have acquired a comprehensive skill set, preparing them for future academic and professional pursuits,” she said.
She said that the Summer School, which aimed to nurture young minds through a blend of technology, sports, and strategic thinking, proved to be an inspiring journey of growth and achievement.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the remarkable success of our first summer club programme.
“At Rupetta Academy, we believe in nurturing holistic development, and this summer was a testament of our commitment.
“Seeing the children thrive in technology, swimming, and chess, while building valuable life skills, fills us with immense pride,” she said.
She expressed her gratitude to the parents, instructors, and the community for their unwavering support in making the summer club a resounding success.
Senlong stressed that the academy remained committed to fostering a nurturing environment where children can explore, learn, and grow to their fullest potential.
Mrs Nenrot Goyol, a parent, at the event expressed her appreciation for the Summer School’s impact on her ward.
She said that her child’s confidence had soared since joining the Summer School.
“They’ve not only learned to code and swim but also gained vital problem-solving skills through chess.
“This experience has been transformative,” she said.
Seven-year-old Eliana Akinrowo also shared her excitement, saying that the summer club had indeed left a lasting impression.
“I never thought coding could be this much fun and winning my first chess match was the best feeling ever,” she said.
NAN also reports that the summer party was indeed a grand celebration of the accomplishments achieved by the children during the program.
Participants showcased their newfound coding skills through tech demonstrations, displayed their prowess in swimming and engaged in intense yet friendly chess matches that highlighted their strategic prowess.