The National Commission on Museums and Monuments plans to host 800 students in Lagos during its 12th edition of the Children’s Day celebration this year.
Emmanuel Omotosho, the Head of Education Department of the commission, disclosed this to the news reporters in Lagos. He, however, said that the commission had not decided on the theme of 2014 celebration. He said that the programme, billed to take place on May 27, was aimed at promoting Nigerian cultural values among the youths.
According to Omotosho, a large number of youths from primary and secondary schools are the target group.
“The 800 students from both primary and secondary schools across Lagos State are expected to participate in the celebration,” he said.
He said that cooking competition on different traditional cuisines, painting competition, match past, art works and braiding would be some of the activities at the event. Omotosho said that this year’s celebration would be “fun-filled, educative and entertaining’’, while the youths would be enlightened on the country’s rich cultures.
“The country is blessed with so many rich traditions, cultures and norms that the children need to know and be enlightened about their importance,” he said.
Omotosho advised parents, teachers and students to visit museums to educate themselves about rich African culture and heritage.
“Museum is a place where cultural heritage, scriptures, artifacts and collections of the olden days are kept for research and other purposes,” he said.
Omotosho also urged NGOs, stakeholders, investors and cooperate organisations to support the growth of African culture and its heritage.
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