BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
A Swiss educational consortium, Rainbow Unlimited (GMBH), has indicated interest in the management of the British-Canadian school, Obudu, Cross River State as the school nears completion.
This is even as the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade has described the school as “an African school with international connectivity”, saying it is a fusion of educational cultures of four countries- Britain, Canada, Switzerland and Nigeria.
Thomas Seghezzi, managing partner of Rainbow Unlimited GMBH said during a tour of the school that the beauty and topography of the institu makes it “spontaneously look like home in Switzerland.”
Seghezzi said he was impressed with the British-Canadian school, assuring that his consortium will bring the unique Swiss educational system to bear on it.
“It is very important to say that in Swiss educational system, what we stand for, our big strength is that we have a very good vocational training. So our vocational training will go together with our academic training,” Seghezzi said.
Meanwhile, governor Ayade, while conducting Seghezzi and his team round the school pledged that the British- Canadian school which is expected to commence academic activities next year will create a paradigm shift in education in Africa.
“We have a role to create and set a standard, we want to change the nature, the character, the opinion, and the international perception of the black man and this school is the beginning of that journey.
“As Africans, we cannot continue to wait for somebody to come from Europe or America to set up solar panels and see how we can trap the excess sun we have to give us electricity, that has to stop. In terms of research and learning, innovation and technology, this school will be the hub,” he said.
Ayade asserted that “it is a British Canadian school, British Canadian because we have British curriculum but with a Swiss management so it is a combination of many countries coming together to give you an African school with an international connectivity.
“But most importantly, no student graduates from this school with a degree without having to visit those countries because the final examination to qualify you to have a certificate of this school will not be just about learning but about character and so we will like to have students who will have continuous inter relationship and exchange program with these three countries”.
Earlier, the Cross River state Commissioner for Information, Comrade Asu Okan said the Cross River state government was looking forward to a complete take over of the school by the Swiss educational consortium.