The Executive Committee of the Lagos State branch of the Christian Schools Aid Network International (CSNI) has been inaugurated.
CSNI is a new umbrella body for Christian Schools in Nigeria, which started in Port Harcourt earlier in the year. It is an interdenominational network of all schools or school owned by individual Christians, churches or Christian organizations.
The inauguration took place at a one day Professional Educational Development workshop held on Thursday, 19th July, 2018 in Ejigbo area of the state.
Among the officials inaugurated by the National Coordinator/Convener (CSNI), Pastor Nnamnso Okorie are Rev Dr Sunday Atta as the Lagos State Coordinator, Rev. Suji Adebowale, Secretary; Rev. Mrs Patricia Ebenua, Treasurer and Apostle Femi Agbebaku as Public Relations Officer.
Mr Okorie said that the CSNI is a non-profit governmental and non-profit organization aimed at promoting godly education through periodic trainings and professional development workshops by leading resource persons.
It was formed to encourage and promote high standards and academic excellence with godly values amongst Christian Schools across Nigeria.
According to him, the body’s membership comprises of Proprietors, School Owners, Educators, Managers Teachers/Parents and Stakeholders in the Education sector.
He told EduCeleb.com that the group’s vision is to empower, promote and development of all Christian Schools with godly educational values. He said he believes the word of GOD should be the bedrock of education – Bible as the only inspired and authoritative word of God and so education in Christian Schools should recognise this.
“We must be able to raise future generation of Nigerians in godly ways,” he said.
CSNI aims to serve as an avenue to promote Christian values; acts as vanguard for the defence of Christian Schools; encourage membership Schools to meet governments accreditation requirements; periodically train and expose members to latest discoveries aimed enhancing their outputs as well as mentorship opportunities; share innovative and productive ideas/techniques among Christian Schools; to instil discipline, integrity, hard work, transparency and godliness in Christian Schools as well as acting as an accredited body for Christian Schools with high quality and moral standards; to become a financing platform as well as guarantor for funds accessibility.
At the well attended training workshop, Adekogbe Dideolu, Lead Consultant, Flourish-Gate Consult delivered a presentation on ‘’Discovering the Top Secrets of High Performing Schools’’.
She said leading schools today pride themselves in pursuing high academic practices. “As Christians with the Spirit of excellence in us, Christian Schools must take the leading role of raising and nurturing godly generation.’’
She delivered various nuggets to participants on how to be at their best as a top performing school on Nigeria that’s bedevilled with much decadence. She noted that most of the reckless politicians we complain about today are products of some schools saying that things would have fared better if they had good godly upbringing.
She enjoined members to brace up and be alive to their responsibilities in bringing about qualitative and affordable godly education in Nigeria. She frowned at why Christian Schools charges are becoming astronomical and advised that their services should be accessible to less fortunate of our society.
EduCeleb.com reports that over 200 participants attended the programme already attracting more members since its inauguration. Other state chapters of the body will be inaugurated in the months ahead.