Rev Fr Ernest Offor CMF, Director of Claret Academy Secondary School Area A new Owerri (middle) pose for photograph with some of the participating students representing different countries of the world at the Abuja conference
Students of Claret Academy Secondary School Area A new Owerri were among the participants at the just ended City International Model United Nations plenary session, which took place in Abuja. The theme of the conference was, ‘Ensuring Universal Access To Affordable, Reliable And Modern Energy Services.’
Information reaching our newsroom has it that after a brief introduction and orientation by the coordinators, the opening ceremony commenced, and in attendance were Claret Academy students and others from other schools. The guest speaker, Dr Engr Jude C. Asogwa, the Acting Director Renewal Energy Department, Energy Commission of Nigeria had dwelt on the theme of the conference, which explained in graphic details what the participants needed to know.
At the end of the guest speaker’s address, among other conference formalities, the delegates broke into to committee sessions. Their individual presentations, questions, and answers after which the Director of Claret Academy Secondary School Area A new Owerri, Rev Fr Ernest Offor CMF, gave the vote of thanks.
Cross-section of participants at the conference
Recall that NewsBits had reported on June 7, that some students of Claret Academy Secondary School, which is located in Area ‘A’ New Owerri in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria arrived the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Tuesday aboard Air Peace Airlines in the company of their leader, Rev Fr Ernest Offor, CMF to attend the event.
The students numbering about eight joined a host of their peers from other schools to participate in the International Conference organised by City-Mun United Nation (UN) International Conference. The we learnt would run from June 7 to 11, 2023. The conference, it was further gathered was designed to give the young students the opportunity to play the role of ambassadors of the United Nation especially in solving global problems.
There is no gainsaying that the world is in dire need of role models and morally upright global citizens. Presently from one end of the world to the other, it does appear that the world, which has become a global village due to advancement in science and technology is currently bedevilled with all sorts of challenges that are against natural courses that are contributing heavily to derailing the morality of students using different channels, especially the social media.
Participants in a group discussion during the plenary session
Apparently aware of these dangers, the management of Claret Academy have decided to chart a new partway, which would experientially channel the energy of their students to different positive areas of human endeavour that would help build their moral, social, and academic aspects of their upbringing as good global citizens.
The Claret Academy is a catholic mission educational institute established, organized, and directly administered by the East Province of the Religious Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, otherwise known as the Claretian Missionaries. The academy was formally opened in September 1998 as a nursery/primary school under the insightful leadership of Very Rev. Fr. Godwin Okechukwu Nzeh, Cmf; the then Provincial Superior.
It would be recalled that the title “Claret Academy” was chosen because of the intended plan of the province to establish with time a full-fledged educational institution that will cover the various levels of education – nursery/primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, with perhaps different campuses in several places in Nigeria. The aim of this educational institute is to impart knowledge and balanced education to the young at all levels and to contribute to the developmental effort of the Catholic Church and the Nigerian government in the formation of children and the youth in Nigeria and beyond.