UNESCO Lauds Covenant, Keen to Forge Partnership on Futures Literacy Initiatives
Team Leader of the visiting team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Dr. Riel Miller, has commended Covenant University for her hospitality, structural endowments, general ambience as well as passion for growth and development, which has inspired the team fundamentally.
He gave the commendation on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at a meeting with the Management of Covenant University to wrap-up the visit of the UNESCO representatives.
Giving a recap of his team’s activities at Covenant, Dr. Miller stated that it was very energising being in the University environment and interacting with the faculty and Management. He explained that the next approach is to work on the relationship and information gathered, in order to institutionalise and create work potentials around the implementation of Futures Literacy Initiatives in Covenant University. This, he said, will reflect specific areas of focus and also spell out benefits of the collaboration for both parties.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, expressed excitement at the idea of Covenant having a partnership with UNESCO. “I am overwhelmed because this is happening now. It could not have happened at a more opportune time. How do we envision the future we want? It is by changing things now; it is by re-calibrating,” he said.
Stating that the University was founded to effect a change in the Nigerian education system, the Vice-Chancellor said a lot of things were going wrong and a new vista needed to be created. He added that many things started by Covenant are now in the mainstream, like the University’s dress code and the ‘no phone’ policy for students when on Campus.
Professor Atayero also assured them of Covenant’s total commitment to the Futures Literacy Initiatives, pointing out the uniqueness of the idea and thanking the team for bringing it to the University.
Speaking at the occasion, a member of the UNESCO team and an alumnus of Covenant University, Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, stated that the visit was emotional for him. He said, for instance, seeing so many changes like the new buildings dotting the Campus ground made him proud.
“This place enabled me to dream and I believe this is an emblem of the Departure Philosophy, which speaks to the radical heart of the University that enables breaking the barriers of status quo and the transfer of power to the common man,” he added.
The Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Sonia Peter, in her comments, said that interacting with the UNESCO team was stimulating and promises to bring more visibility to Covenant as well as positively impact her international ranking.
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; and Chairman, Covenant University Alumni Association, Mr. Reginald Bassey.