Regent School Abuja Clinches National History Competition
Regent School, Abuja, has clinched the first position in a national history competition organised by a nongovernmental organisation (NGO), Buharian Culture Organisation in collaboration with another NGO, Know Your History.
The school competed against two other schools, Primere Academy, Lugbe and Government Day Secondary School (GDSS), Gauraka Tafa LGA, Niger State, coming out tops in the competition.
Speaking at the maiden edition of the competition with the theme “Change and transformation in history” in Abuja, the national youth leader of the BCO, Mr Abdulhameed Dankyarko, said the movement promotes history studies in schools to enable secondary school pupils to know their culture.
Dankyarko said the competition aims to correct the foreign culture being imbibed by school children by promoting the nation’s rich culture.
He said: “Over the years, we have discovered that students do not know their culture. The reason Buharian culture is hosting this competition is because we want students to learn humility, integrity and modesty through history. You find out that culture is gradually being eroded with growing children not being able to even speak their language. So, the main objective of this competition is to teach children to develop interest in the nation’s history by correcting those cultures they’re borrowing from the western world.”
Earlier, the founder of the movement, Hajiya Maryam Yakubu Ikunaye, described history as a record of past events, saying a nation cannot have a well-defined future without a past.
The BCO president, represented by Hajara Mohammed said the competition provides children with a unique opportunity to look at history as a way of looking at the future.
In his remarks, the national coordinator of Know Your History, Mr James Onimisi, said the essence of the competition is to show Nigeria to Nigerians, Africa and the world, in a manner that is quite different from what everyone is familiar with.
“We reiterate that It is going to be a tragedy for Nigerians if our future leaders, we teach in our classrooms, do not know the history of their country. It is catastrophic for our future leaders not to have basic knowledge or essential knowledge of the country whose leadership they will take in no time. So, the need for everyone to be involved is essential,” he added.