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Rio inaugurates primary school in Kohima

Correspondent | EMN
KOHIMA, JULY 27

Neiphiu RioNagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday said that the Naga society still has a long way to go in order to attain maturity.

Rio inaugurated Rev (Dr) Neiliezhü Üsou Memorial School (RDnüms) at Ministers’ Hill in Kohima, and said with the rise in institutions in the state, which are imparting education to children from a very tender age, the society will definitely grow and advance at a fast pace.Lamenting that there had been no student-teacher correlation and children were generally suppressed in the past years, the CM expressed optimism that the current trend of educating children at their budding ages will go a long way in building a vibrant civilization.

Rio said this trend is a milestone and people should be encouraged to invest in the children as well as in education for the progress of society. He pointed out that Naga people has a “fierce phobia” of science, mathematics and other technical subjects but with the improving education system, he expressed hope that the people will overcome the fear of such studies.

The CM said every child has an innate ability and it is the duty of every parent and teacher to recognize these abilities and nurture them for development. He paid rich tributes to late Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou. He said the church leader had been a close friend, a brother, religious guide and an advisor to him.

“He was a man of God, a man of family, who had dreams, visions and hope for our society,” Rio said, adding that late Neiliezhü had keenness towards music and School of Music in Kohima is a legacy carried forward by his widow and children. He lauded the Üsou family for coming up with an institution like RDnüms and expressed hope that they will strive to mould young children for the future growth of the society.

Earlier, the Chief Minister unveiled the foundation stone of RDnüms and took a tour of the school. The highlights of the inaugural function of the school were children’s praise and choral performances by students of RDnüms and School of Music Kohima, Ameü Üsou and the Choir, Azha Üsou, NerhemaBaptistChurch choir and MHBC choir.

Others who spoke at the programme include Montessori consultant Akobu Üsou, Curriculum planner for primary schools Ajau Haralu, Kevisede Üsou. Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou Music Award, an annual honour and recognition instituted in 2009 for the highest scorer in music at HSLC examination conducted by NBSE, was also given out at the inaugural programme of RDnüms. This year, Bozio of Baptist High Kohima received the award.

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