Stakeholders in education have highlighted the need for parents and schools to collaborate, in ensuring children get sound education and rich cultural values.
They gave the advice during the 25th anniversary programme of Kith and Kin Educational School, at Ikorodu Town Hall in Ikorodu Lagos State.
The school propreitor, Chief Kaoli Olusanya, said that children should be given sound education and be able to communicate in their local languages, to identity with their culture.
“Education is beyond what we learn in a conventional curriculum; total education requires that one stands to identify his identity and his culture,” he said.
According to him, education should include teaching in the mother tongue, to ease explanations and make narratives become more internalised.
“Learning should be relevant to our culture and environment so that in moving forward, they will know how to apply it.
“I want to implore parents to learn their culture because education is beyond Physics, Chemistry and Biology; culture is also important.
“The Chinese, Japanese and the Indians, everything they do is premised on their culture,” he said.
Chief Ayodele Elesho, former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Culture, also spoke at the event.
He said that it was imperative for parents to teach their children their dialects, for easy communication at home and identification.
Elesho, who is also the Agbaakin of Ikorodu land, said culture should also form part of class activities, to reflect positively in teaching and learning processes.
He said this would also bring people together to learn how others in different cultures live their lives.
“This programme is very interesting and I was highly impressed seeing the traditional display and drama put together by the school, teaching culture and values.
“As a former Commissioner for Information and Culture, I am always interested in anything that has to do with culture.
“I commend the proprietor and congratulate the teachers for doing a very wonderful job.
“This will go a long way in teaching the students how Ikorodu was established,” he said.
Also speaking, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, commended the school management for packaging the history and origin of Ikorodu.
The traditional ruler said that the school had witnessed immense development as a result of hard work, team spirit, discipline and focus exhibited by the proprietor and staff members.
“As a custodian of our cultural heritage, I advise parents to teach their children culture.
“Our children should understand the differences in our culture,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the students, during the programme, presented a drama on how Ikorodu was established.(NAN)