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World Teachers’ Day – 5 October 2017
Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.
This year, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. Teaching personnel at institutions of higher education are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.
World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)(link is external) in September 2015, when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies.
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, teachers and experts in the field of teaching. With the adoption of SDG 4 on education, and the dedicated target 4.c recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the 2030 Education Agenda, it has become the occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession, like the acute shortage of teachers. Indeed, according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs 69 Million teachers if we are to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.
Welcome Address delivered by Mrs. G.O Owolabi, The Ag. Provost of Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Eleyele, Ibadan at the Capping and Knotting of Tie Ceremony for the set 2016/2017 Basic Nursing Student which held at Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery Eleyele, Auditorium.
Honourable Commissioner for Health
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health
Director of Nursing Services
Principal Officers of the College
Heads of Department
Non Academic Staff of the College
Matriculating Student Nurses
Parents and Guardians
Distinguished Invited Guests
Gentle Men of the Press
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is a pleasure to welcome you all to Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Ibadan campus and to this year’s Capping and Knotting of Tie/Matriculation Ceremony. The Nursing profession experience officially starts today for 2016 Basic Nursing set. Let me begin by congratulating you on your achievements that have led you to being here, you have distinguished yourself after successfully passing the Three months and Six months Weeding Examination. For most of you, during the next few years, you will be a part of the most prestigious academic community, the first and the best College of Nursing and Midwifery in Nigeria surrounded by lecturers, scholars and researchers and fellow students – all of whom have come to learn and to create new knowledge. In this environment, you will have enormous opportunities to deepen your education, expand your understanding of society and the world and begin a professional education that will launch your career.
Capping and Knotting of Tie marks a special milestone as new faces and new blood are injected into the College. It provides an opportunity for freshmen and women who have gained admission to be officially inducted as Junior Members into this academically stimulating and socially exciting community. The ceremony is also significant for the fact that it provides the opportunity for you, young men and women, to pledge your allegiance to the authority of the College through the administration of the Matriculation Oath, and you will in due course, be expected to sign a bond of good behaviour and accept the authority of the Management of the College as well as all other officers of the College in whom authority has been vested. You will also, by the same token, be expected to contribute your quota to enhancing the College’s image, wherever you find yourself and ensuring that you do not bring the name of the College into disrepute. The nurse’s cap means to you what the soldier’s uniform means to him. When this cap is pinned on your head, it means you have become a member of one of the noblest professions and have subscribed to its ideals of service. You are no longer merely an individual responsible for his/ her own acts; you are part of the nursing profession.
To show you the opportunities that the College affords you, let me mention a few pertinent issues. The latest performance in Nursing and Midwifery Council examination has been 100% for both Nursing and Midwifery departments. The satellite campus of the college at Kishi has successfully taken off and the award of Higher National Diploma by the College is in process and will soon take off. Permit me to add that the college has a vibrant alumni body in the Diaspora that has continued to support several laudable project on our campuses, reports all over the world about our graduate is appluadable and motivational therefore we will continue to put in our best. The college currently host adaptation training for foreign trained nurses from different parts of the world. I applaud all colleagues, students and stakeholders of the college who have enabled us attain this feat and I am sure that all of you, as freshmen, will join us to work harder to ensure that our rankings go even higher both on the continent and internationally.
The college continues to receive large numbers of applications for admission each year and admissions into the college continue to be very competitive. However, due to the limited facilities and human resources in the college, and in line with the process of recreating the college to be classified as a full fledge college we are forced to once again turn down the applications of many otherwise qualified applicants. Once again, the college is working hard to make it possible to admit more students. You have been prepared well for this day by your parents, family and teachers. Many of your loved ones have sacrificed so much so that you may enjoy the privilege of a nursing education. Honour their sacrifice by behaving responsibly and making the most of this extraordinary opportunity. Make time for social activities like scholarly lectures, sports and religious activities if you are so inclined, but do not allow these to make you lose sight of the main reason why you are here.
As I conclude my speech, I would like to remind all matriculants that your primary aim in coming to this college is to go through your chosen academic programme and graduate with flying colours. You should therefore begin with the end in mind. You are adults now, and we shall treat you as such. There is no more rising bell, no ‘prep’ and no dining time. Enjoy your freedom but use it responsibly.
On behalf of the Governing Council of the college, Management and staff, and on my own behalf, I would like to wish you a refreshing stay at the college. Once again, welcome to our community.
MEDIA CHAT WITH THE BEST 2016 BASIC NURSING STUDENT
Good morning/afternoon, I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you on the feat you attained in the last weeding examination conducted by the College. It is not a mean thing to come out top of your class, once again we say congratulations.
Can we know your name?
Answer: My names are YUSUFF Khadijat Adewumi
Can you relate to us what your family background and early childhood was like?
Answer: My family background is a nice one. My parents especially my father contributed a lot to the success of his wards. He stays with my siblings and I at night after reading to be sure if we had achieved anything since he was a PHILOSOPHER. My mother also being an ECONOMIST teaches us how to economize our precious time. In my early childhood, I have always being the best student in my class. My dad got me engaged with things above my age to widen my thinking faculty.
In secondary School, what is your best subject?
Answer: My best subject was Biology
What is your favourite pass time? Or how do you relax?
Answer: I relax by lying down, meditating within myself, think over what I have read and sleep.
Who has been the greatest influence on your life?
Answer: God has been the greatest influence on my life.
At what stage of your life did you develop interest in Nursing?
Answer: I developed interest in Nursing since childhood.
What stimulates your interest in Nursing as a profession?
Answer: My interest in nursing as a profession was stimulated by my urge to render care and empathy for the sick.
Ever since you came into the College, what is your general impression about the school?
Answer: I was impressed a lot by the standard set by the school as a lot of people had an erroneous impression that the College is for dullards but level of intelligence has been very high. I assumed the school to be an epitome of knowledge.
How much reading do you do?
Answer: I read for at least 3 hours a day.
Is your reading strictly for academic purpose or you read for pleasure?
Answer: I read for both academic purpose and pleasure.
Who were your favourite Author and what is your favourite Title?
Answer: My favourite Authors were Benjamin Carson and Cecil Murphy and my favourite Title is “THINK BIG”
What was your secret or methods in achieving your academic feat?
Answer: The Secret was that apart from what is being taught in class, I visit the Library to consult necessary texts to have full understanding of the topic or course we were taught in class.
Also, I listen with rapt attention when my lecturers deliver their lectures in class. I also ask questions on vague parts I noticed in my studying.
Talking about the Library, what has been the Library Staff attitude to you?
Answer: The Library staff has always been responsive and cooperating as they are ready to assist in best possible ways to ensure my academic excellence.
What sacrifice did you make that you consider important to your achieving the desired success?
Answer: I sacrificed a lot of my time reading, studying and applying myself to reading. I can be termed a bookworm.
There was a maxim that says “Academic excellence is for a select few that were born smart” what is your opinion on this?
Answer: The saying is true as academics require inquisitiveness, skills and ability to think wide. All of these mean you have to be smart so as to excel or come out among the crowd as a success.
What do you look out to achieve in not too distant a future?
Answer: I am looking out to achieving a qualified Nurse within my tender age.
On a lighter mood, were you expectant about achieving the highest mark in the examination, and when you discover you had the highest score what were your reactions?
Answer: Yes I expected the highest mark and when I discovered it, I was happy and give thanks to exalt God.
Have you received academic support in the College before?
Answer: NO, I have not received any academic support before in the College.
What has been your guiding principle?
Answer: My guiding principle has always been my father’s statements like:
- Try to attain the peak for you will never be looked down on.
- Work and pray
- Life is a challenge
- To be successful, you need to overcome the challenges.
What advice can you give to your colleague and aspiring nursing students?
Answer: My advice to my colleague is that they should aim for the best and work towards achieving it. To the aspiring students, I will urge them to be focused and never be distracted.
Your parting shot …. Thank you