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The next morning was particularly interesting as it appeared I woke up on the right side of the bed. A sign that the day was going to be a great one and it turned out to be so. The awesomeness of the air freshener in the hotel room at London Marriot Hotel caught me at a tight angle of sweetness and tranquillity. While the view of the South Bank right from my window was particularly pleasing to the mind and alluring to the soul. It was one of those views that spark muses and give birth to imaginative thoughts. I said to myself, no wonder writers from this particular part of the world knew their ways when it comes to writing provocative stories that leave footprints as memories in the minds of the readers. And that took me to Charles Dickens, the most popular English novelist of the Victorian Era; who was responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.
The day was even more memorable because of the fact that I was able to notice the fine street of London; beautifully outlined, arranged and structured in the way I can vividly say I found awesome. Unlike the previous day where I was tired and exhausted and couldn’t pay much attention and details to the street, I was able to, on the day of the conference, notice road signs and noticed many of the wonderful buildings like the Grosvenor Palace, Duke of Willington Palace, Constitution Hill, and the Storey’s Gate all aligned themselves like lines arranged accordingly to give me a direction to my destination; the Queen Elizabeth II Centre where the conference took place. In that 14 minutes drive from the hotel to the centre, I saw how developed the country was. How much improvement and adjustment has been put in place within years of strong hard work and dedication. But above all, I attributed what I saw to a strong sense of patriotism of the citizens and a serious sense of responsibility from the ruling government. I saw those combinations as what will take any country around the world to a greater level, meeting the standards of the world.
The conference room was huge and had in attendance over 500 representatives from countries all around the world. Throughout the conference, I was engrossed and captivated by the presentations of various speakers who represented various countries. But the presentation that got my ardent attention was a presentation by a gentleman from Ghana, who titled his paper ‘Education in Africa-The challenges and Solutions’. He outlined the problems the continent was facing, challenges like social, political and economic challenges, terrorism, poverty, illiteracy and inadequate educational equipments, infrastructures and amenities in school. He also emphasised that there should be sufficient government initiatives to improve the educational sector. And in proffering solutions he advised that there should be more priority given to the educational sector through making sure the school environment is conducive for learning and has in it, adequate facilities that will aid practical applications of the theoretical aspects learnt in the classes. Lastly he said; people should also be enlightened more on what education is and how beneficial it is to be educated.
There were two other representatives from Nigeria that I got to meet there. Two beautiful women from Kaduna and Kano respectively, who were enthusiastic about girl child education that I got to, spend the rest of the days with through my stay in London.
The discussions I had with them showed me how much they want to stand out to promote and spread education through various part of Nigeria, mostly for them, their grassroots where they come from. This according to them is because they were particularly concerned about how much the girl child is been denied education to its fullest and how much of focus they need to be given. And through the course of our discussions, I was able to point out to them that it was not just about females when it came to education and creation of awareness when their part of the country was mentioned but also, the boy-child too was neglected in his way through child labour, the Almajiri movement, and slavery from activities of social violence and vices. At the end, we reached a point of conclusion where we agreed that all we needed to focus were basically the key points discussed during the course of that workshop; we all as individuals have our parts to play to bring in advocacy and participation in education and playing huge roles to see that there is a good number of well planned and implemented projects that gears towards telling people how much of importance education possesses, and how easily they can fit themselves into it.
We discussed these things always, on our to and fro walks in the evenings from the hotel to around the Buckingham Palace and on the way take some few minutes to sit down around the Berkeley Square and the Piccadilly.
London, I must say, is a beauty to behold. And I really held it dearly.