The Essie Ndem’s Educational Foundation has rounded-off its 2017 seminar on personal/career development for students in Migrant Community Secondary School, Ibakang in Nsit Atai Local Government Area with 100 participants smiling home with cash prizes and educational materials to aid their learning.
The 6-Day training, courtesy of Miss Essie Ndem, a US-based university graduate from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and current graduate student at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia, centered on many aspects of personal and career development, amongst them, how to set and achieve career goals, how to perform in front of the audience without freight or shame and also how to create confidence in oneself.
For six days, the facilitator of the programme, Essie Ndem, spent at least two hours daily with 100 students of the school coaching them on the above mentioned areas and others.
The seminar according to her, was devoted to consolidating leadership through means of education and talents, saying, though education is pivotal, in order to succeed in the present competitive age, students must utilize all talents.
The closing ceremony entailed a variety show for students to showcase their talents and was held at Migrant secondary school hall. At the ceremony Miss Ndem was satisfied that her effort was not in vain, as many of the seminar participants performed well.
Ndem in her remarks at the occasion said the programme was the first in the series, as it was the first time she has put up a workshop for students of the school.
The facilitator said the programme was an opportunity for her to share the blessings and goodness of God in her life with others, adding that she was doing what she saw her parents do, thanking her parents, Dr.& Mrs. Ndem for their financial support and advices.
The tall, fair-skinned daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Ndem, who described personal development which she noted, is the development of the mind, body and spirit, as one of the most powerful forms of development, said her vision for the youths of Akwa Ibom State, and Nigerians as a whole, is to have well-rounded professionals who are prepared to take the country into the 21st century.
The facilitator who had hosted an Essay competition at the same school in December 2016 plans to return in December to host the 2nd annual essay competition.
The principal of the school, Mr Etim Udota noted that Migrant secondary School was the first school in Nsit Atai to host a workshop and participate in an organized Essay competition, describing Ndem as the Nehemiah of Ibakang Nsit and appreciating her for touching lives of Ibakang people and Migrant School, not minding her exalted position.
Udota pointed out that the essence of the workshop was to help prepare students to become leaders in future, assist them make right choices in life at any given time and shun social vices like cultism but imbibe good morals, appreciating the Foundation for their gesture and praying God to bless them abundantly.
The former chairman of Nsit Atai Local Government Area, Barrister Peter Ndem, a lawyer and Essie’s uncle, appreciated the talents seen in students of Migrant Community Secondary School and her niece, Essie, for her initiative which he noted, has enabled her realize and groomed talents for the future.
He reminded students that they cannot achieve their goals in life if they do not take advices of their parents who according to him, are their first teachers and those of teachers in the school, urging them to replicate Essie’s gesture.
The former council boss pointed out that though there are possibilities for students of the school to become lawyers, doctors, journalists etc, the only thing that can limit them is them.
His words, “you can be lawyers, doctors, Journalists, but the only thing that can limit you is you. You can be what you want to be in life, nobody can limit you except you limit you.”
The representative of the village head of Ibakang and Essie’s uncle, Prince Akpaiso Ndem , appreciated their forefathers who brought the idea of establishing the school which he recalled, began as a nursery, rose to primary school, and presently, a secondary school.
He made known that the present students enrolment was 600, expressing hope that the figure will rise to 2000 in the next academic year, opining that what their forefathers did, should be improved upon by the present generation.
The representative of the traditional ruler thanked Dr. & Mrs. Ndem, (Essie’s parents) for the encouragement given their daughter, saying, “without them, there can be no Essie.”
Responding on behalf of female students of the school, Patience John appreciated Essie for teaching them how to stand in the public and express themselves, wishing that the seminar would be a monthly event, praying God to bless Essie abundantly.
Also responding on behalf of the boys, Promise Ebong thanked Essie for what she has done for them, describing the workshop as proactive, as it has touched their lives positively and has prepared them as boys, for future challenges.