BENIN CITY- The Marquee Event Centre, Okada Avenue, Benin City, was a beehive of activities today Saturday, May 27, 2023, when the Firm Foundation Church through its, “Citizen Driven Reformation and Transformation” outreach held its 2023, “The Reposition” education symposium which targeted and challenged secondary school students to be their best as the church through its outreach celebrated the Children’s Day.

The event which was a melting pot of ideas, brought together representatives of the Edo State Government drawn from the education sector, church leaders and members, as well as various teachers and students from participating schools making all to converge under one roof, wittily forging a proactive network that builds and draws attention to as well as highlight the role of students in society.

A life coach, counsellor and worship leader of the church, Amedu while using her life’s experience as a means to connect with the youths, counseled and encouraged them to rise above their present situation in order to attain what God has destined them to be based on being patient, steadfast and holding on to the rugged determination to succeed, against all odds.

Despite giving out prizes to winners of the debate and quiz competition, the organizers had a mentally stimulating session with all participating secondary schools drawn from the Edo South geopolitical zone which aimed at sharpening their mindset, inculcating the tenets of Christianity while building in them an excellence oriented spirit.

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Apart from the mentorship and counseling on steadfastness by resource persons, students had a question and answer segment which allowed the free flow of ideas on imbibing the virtue of holiness, self esteem, how to break barriers, how one can be a true christian despite worldly distractions, how best to relate and integrate with society while retaining your distinctive individual quality to achieve God’s plan amidst other ideas.

Being a highly interactive forum, students were excited based on the fact that they had an opportunity to ventilate, ask questions which triggered diverse response, partake in a quiz and debate session, showcase their oratory skills during the performance poetry segment which was tagged, “spoken word.”

Students also aired their views not just on the role of citizens but that of government in order to make the Nigerian economy viable to attain the world recognized sustainable development goals (SDG) during the lined up panel discussion.

Interestingly, musically inclined students got called out. These formed a live band which performed and entertained on the spot; churning out praise tunes which kept participants on their feet.