The 13th of March, 2017 was an exciting day for the children of the School Without Walls as 106 students from various communities were hosted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives at the National Assembly to mark 2017 Commonwealth Day. The theme of this years’ Commonwealth Day was ‘A Peace Building Commonwealth’
Upon arrival, the students were taken on a tour of the National Assembly where they saw the ‘green’ and ‘red’ chambers. They learned what each chamber represented and how laws are made in Nigeria. After which they were seated as the event commenced. The Honorable Speaker; Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, the Clerk of the House; and other distinguished members of the House were present at the ceremony.
The students of the SWW made a short presentation stressing the importance of peaceful coexistence among citizens and presented the Speaker with a present which was greatly appreciated.
Speaking at the event, the speaker charged the children to be ambassadors of peace by promoting and engaging in only activities that will bring peace in order to make the world a safer place and prevent a re-occurrence of events that led to their displacement.
He said, “My charge is that having been expelled by violence, as you grow up, dedicate yourself to the pursuit of peace so that that same thing that happened to you will not happen to your children. Be catalysts of peace wherever you go.”
Drawing an illustration with Joseph from the Holy Books, the Speaker, encouraged them to aspire to any height even without the presence of their parents beside them, saying God will always support them in their endeavors as He supported Joseph.
“Even though he had challenges, he had no parents by his side from prison to when he became the prime minister of Egypt”, he said, adding that, “no matter the challenges, you can overcome it.”
While assuring the pupils that they will soon return to their communities where provisions have been made for proper schools with buildings, he pledged, in collaboration with his colleagues, support to the building of structures for the immediate educational needs of the IDPs.