By Bukola Olamona
Home Economics has been described as a lucrative trade subject that can boost the economy of the country.
Making this assertion is the Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Arch Jide Adejuyigbe at the Annual World Home Economics Teachers’ Day held at Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, yesterday.
Adejuyigbe who was represented by the Director, Science and Technology, Mrs Olufunmilayo Adepoju said this year’s event is a milestone and congratulated the teachers on the celebration.
The Commissioner described Home Economics as one of the major and cherished subjects in schools.
According to him: “It is a subject that develops individuals to be self reliant and one that can boost the economy of the nation, if properly harnessed.”
He admonished the leadership of the association not to relent in sustaining the importance of the subject, while enjoining members of the group to keep upgrading their knowledge so as to be 21st Century compliant.
Adejuyigbe called on the participants to make use of the opportunity to brainstorm on the challenges facing the association and how to make the subject interesting for students to choose as a course of study.
Also speaking, a Commissioner of TESCOM, Dr Niyi Ikuemelo who represented the TESCOM Chairman, Prof. Francis Igbasan said that Home Economics is not for women alone, but for both men and women, admonishing males to go into it.
“If you are skilful, you don’t have to wait for government salary, the best chef in the world is a male”, he stated.
In her goodwill message, a Director in the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs Ibiyemi Bode-Betiku, commended the organisers for the job they are doing at home and in the society.
She said they help the youths to be empowered through the skills they learn in schools such as hair dressing, baking, tailoring and many more adding that they do not have to wait for white collar jobs.
In her welcome address, the president of the association, Ondo State Chapter, Mrs Laide Fadahunsi said Home Economics is a field of knowledge and service primarily concerned with strengthening family life.
She said the day was organised to sensitise members of the public on the importance of Home Economics Education to the society. She encouraged members of the association to be more dedicated in the teaching of the subject and to also showcase the products of the trade in an open practical way.
Mrs Fadahunsi posited that the association in the state has continued to wax stronger over the years, saying it has maintained a very cordial working relationship with all stakeholders who have direct bearing with Education in the state.
She therefore used the occasion to solicit for support from the government for the success of their forthcoming National Conference in 2017.
The Day featured a lecture titled “Youth Empowerment in Contemporary Nigeria and was delivered by a teacher in Ijapo High School, Akure, Mr Ariyo Henry Ayodeji