Singapore – The National Co-ordinator, President’s School Debate Nigeria, Mr Dare Oritu, said that the essence of Nigerian students participation in the World Schools Debate championship was to enhance leadership their capacity.
Oritu, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Singapore, said 53 countries were participating in the debate competition.
He said the aim of the debate was to bring students from different countries to interact and exchange ideas with a view to developing their leadership potential.
“I am leading students from Nigeria to participate in the World Schools Debate and about 53 countries are in competition and Nigerian students are doing well.
“The students from other countries participating in this debate started their leadership training from primary school.
“So we are trying to link up and establish this kind of training school in Nigeria and we have mapped out three states Oyo, Kaduna and Anambra states as pilot states for the programme,’’ Oritu said.
He said the training was necessary to raise children and prepare them to for the challenges of nation building.
“In Nigeria we just send our children to school but in Singapore they have designated schools that are meant for leadership training purposes.
“So if we can have these schools in Nigeria it will be helpful in developing these children,’’ he said.
Oritu urged parents to inculcate in their wards and children leadership qualities, adding that they such qualities would remain part of them.
World Schools Debate taking is expected to last for 12 days. (NAN)