The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, has appealed to parents to provide platforms that will enable children express their talents.
Speaking at the 2021 Choral and Classical Music Competition, Adefisayo said children were multi-skilled and should be encouraged to participate in different activities that would showcase their gifts.
She also noted that she was thrilled by the performances and sonorous voices of the students, “I counsel them to have resilience and keep up at anything good they have talent in. In the world of today, music and so on are not things that parents should say, ‘my child should not do this, my child should not do that.’ It can be a veritable source of great employment for some of these children someday,” she said.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, said, “Our goal in Lagos State is to develop a total student.
“What we have done today is an important aspect of education and we are developing them in every skill. They performed well today and we may need to get professionals to train themso they can be earning an income and supporting their parents.”
The programme featured solos and choral presentations by soloists and choirs from the six districts as well as guest appearances from the CMS Grammar School choir.
A student of Lagos State Junior Model College, Agbowa, Ogundele Oladotun, representing District III emerged overall best soloist.
In the Choral presentation, Education District IV emerged first position with 242 points, District III, had 218 points and District VI, had 215 points. The three districts were rewarded with trophies.