GOtv Ambassador and veteran singer, Daddy Showkey, rewarded four students of Rybeka Model College, Ajegunle, Lagos, for outstanding academic performances during the schools’ graduation ceremony over the weekend.
Each of the four students of the school, which has primary and secondary school arms, was given a GOtv decoder for emerging the best graduating student in senior secondary school, junior secondary school, primary six and nursery two.
Daddy Showkey, who was born and raised in Ajegunle, said he embarked on the initiative in line with his tradition of giving back to the neighborhood that made him what he is today. He advised the students to shun social vices and focus their minds on education and relevant skills acquisition.
“I always advise people that there is nothing greater than making a child develop a skill. I could remember that in my time, I used to represent my school in debate competitions and those things have impacted me today,” he said.
The musician also called for the re-introduction of vocational training in schools as a means of reducing unemployment in the country.
“Vocational skills promote entrepreneurship. I am strongly advocating that government should reintroduce vocational studies into the school curriculum. The reason most people today are waiting for government to provide jobs is because of lack of vocational training. Vocational schools will make our teeming youth population self-dependent,’’ he said.
Towards making learning more interactive, Daddy Showkey presented GOtv as a digital learning platform for students. He said GOtv can be used as an educative tool to show students real life experiences of what they read in their textbooks.
“GOtv has many educative content like Nat Geo Wild, which complements teaching on natural sciences; documentaries, which help develop students’ critical thinking about society and the world; and cartoons, which help pupils in kindergarten learn quickly”, he added.
“Television can motivate kids to read more and explore the world around them. The key is to provide them with a guided viewing experience and GOtv is known for its top-quality content. It will benefit the students immensely,” he concluded.
The school’s Director of Studies, Charles Oyeka, said the management invited Daddy Showkey to inspire the students to explore their talent. “It is our goal to develop the child mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. Rybeka Model College places emphasis on arts and culture. It is not everyone that will be a lawyer, doctor or engineer. Daddy Showkey’s humble beginnings, life toils and success, which he shared with our students, show that any child, who is ambitious and backs it with action, will excel in life,” he said.