Staff, students and parents of Creative Minds International Academy came out in their number to join the Global Network for Rights and Development, to make the 2015 “I HAVE RIGHT TO PLAY”. The project was conducted at the CMIA School Open Field, with two teams, consisting of 24 players participating in a football match. Trophies and medals were presented to participating teams. This was preceded by seminars and lectures in the School’s Assembly Hall. The themes of the sessions were “self-development” and “teambuilding”. The sessions were based on play-based learning through various sports and games to teach children skills and good life values in order to motivate them to the utmost. In maximize to the opportunity for children to enjoy participating, practicing and competing in sports in a safe and adequate environment, GNRD organized an official, all-day, transformational sports tournament. GNRD combined sports activities with ideologies of human rights and development in order to both support rights to play and educate children about their rights. The GNRD-RTP project promoted significant public awareness about children’s rights. These recent project launches have been cemented and will now multiply, as the project evolves into an international phenomenon.
Playing sport is a matter of learning, not winning or losing. There is no true victory without learning how to win gracefully and lose with dignity. But first and foremost, playing sport is a human right. In 1978, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) described the access and participation in sports and physical education as a “fundamental right for all” - this has been recognized in a number of international conventions. Thus, without equal rights to play, there can be no just champion of the world. In many places around the globe, children’s equal rights are ignored and disrespected due to the fact that they live in poor social and economic conditions. This translates into alarming statistics that reflect massive numbers of children who are robbed of their childhood – they are forced to work, while accesses to education, the ability to play and fully enjoy their childhood are their birthrights.
The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) sheds clear light on these intolerable facts by establishing the “I Have a Right to Play” project (hereby abbreviated as GNRD-RTP). This project is a rights-based approach to development, first implemented in Sudan (Khartoum) and Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) late in 2013, then in the State of Palestine in July 2014. Several amateur football teams were prepared and categorized into two age groups (7-10 and 11-15). GNRD provided all necessary equipment and required technical support (uniforms, shoes, balls, stadiums, referees, medical team and professional coach) and conducted several friendly matches. Furthermore, GNRD’s team in Sudan established special implementation in the name of empowerment of girls where they got the opportunity to participate and compete in Volleyball. Therefore, GNRD gave vulnerable children the authentic opportunity to enjoy their right to play in a safe and adequate environment. T his initiative to reinforce children’s rights achieved attention from government departments, media and civil society organizations. The positive impact that GNRD made by establishing the project put into emphasis the necessity for international society to take responsibility and to ensure that these rights are fulfilled.
The 2014 Intercultural Day of Creative Minds International Academy was celebrated on December 5, 2014 at the school’s Assemble hall in Jos Nigeria. The heme of the event was“The Role of Culture and Tourism in Peacebuilding” and empowered participants on how culture and tourism can be used a tool for promoting sustainable peace and national development.
The CMIA Intercultural Day brought together representatives from the Ministry of Education, Educators and Teachers from invited Colleges and Schools in Jos, Religious Leaders, Traditional Leaders, Community Leaders among others. Major hightlights and actvities included paper presentations, varieties of traditional meals, fashion shows, cultural dances, entertainments, prizes, among others.
Founded in September 2007, Creative Minds International Academy is a Jos, Nigeria-based model coeducational school empowering students with tools for critical thinking to investigate information and inter-connectedness of all life, and then make wise decisions for sustainable relationships with each other and with Earth herself. Our goal is to become an educational institution of international standing and outlook, achieving excellence through scholarship, teaching, learning, research and service to our world.
The school which is registered with the Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and fully approved by the Plateau State Ministry of Education (MOE), and also accredited by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) operates Nursery, Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary academic programmes and have produced a lot of ‘creative minds’ over the past few year.
On October 23, 2014, Biology and Geography students and Staff of Creative MInds International Academy embarked on an Educational Visit/Excursion to the Jos Wildlife Park. The essence of the visit was to enable the students have a first-hand knowledge and experience of some animals and their botanical names.
While at the Wildlife Park CMIA Staff and students were received by an official of the Jos Tourism Board, named Mr. Isiaka, who gave the visitors an extensive lecture on the development and importance of tourism. The Staff and students were later taken around the Park to see the animals. Some of the animals seen at the Jos Wildlife Park included Lions, Tortoises, Crocodiles, various species of Birds (Eagle, Vulture, etc). The most friendly of all the animals visited was the Giant Elephant, which even allowed to students to touch and feed it with weeds.
The relative peace enjoyed by residents of Jos, Plateau State capital for some time was shattered, yesterday, as two bomb explosions ripped through Terminus Market in the city, killing no fewer than 118 persons and injuring several others. Among the dead were 7 Medical Science students of the University of Jos, including Miss Shekinah Barnabas Ajeh, a former student of Creative Minds International Academy.
The first explosion was said to have gone off in the market, located at Jos Terminus, at the back of the popular Ahmadu Bello Way by 2.30pm, while the second explosion occurred about 30 minutes later. The first blast, according to an eye witness, was said to have gone off in a Sienna space bus with number plate Plateau XB 146 BLD. The second blast was said to have killed more people than the first, as many residents and traders, who had fled the scene following the first explosion, tried to join rescue agencies to save the injured and retrieve bodies of the dead.
I have the honour and priviledge to write and thank you most sincerely for your generous support towards the construction of the new school building which has now been completed. I am very pleased to report to you that construction of the 7-classroom block, inlcuding offices, staff rooms and toilets have been successfully in December 2013. We are currently planning and hoping to begin the roofing sometime at the end of February 2014.
Once this roofing is completed, it is our intention to begin the construction of a 350-capacity Assembly Hall. The site has already been cleared and we are also hoping to begin ground-breaking and foundation-laying sometime in April or May 2014.
I am attaching some photos showing different stages of the construction phase.
Thanks most sincerely
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