KOSA 2024 Special Convention: Governor Mutfwang Emphasizes Role of Alumni in Educational Advance as KOSA Launches Educational Trust Fund

The Executive Governor of Plateau State Barrister Caleb Mannaseh Mutfwang has urged alumni associations to continue to contribute to the development of their alma mater. This role according to the Governor can not be overemphasized given the current challenges and realities of public educational institutions.

Governor Mutfwang made this disclosure are the 2024 Special Convention of the Kuru Old Students Association (KOSA) with the theme “Celebrating Milestones, Embracing Memories, and Building the Future” held on Saturday 27th April 2024 at the school Auditorium, Government Science School Kuru, where he was the Distinguished Guest of Honor.

The Governor highlighted the importance of educational development, noting the importance for alumni associations and all spirited individuals in the development of educational institutions.

He recalled the recent intervention of his administration at the Dental School, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in order to provide opportunity for students to be train in Jos, rather than travel all the way to the South West for training and certification. He also highlighted his administration’s partnerships with international donor agencies which is producing Infrastructural interventions in schools across the state.

He called on alumni associations to continue to support development of ttheir alma mater as exemplified by KOSA.

In his address, the KOSA National President, Dr. Musa Wen Ibrahim, announced the establishment of a trust fund which according to him will help drive development initiatives, interventions and educational excellence within the school, while highlighting the importance of alumni involvement in driving positive change.

He noted that the proposed Kuru Educational Trust Fund is aimed at supporting the school’s physical, structural, and educational upliftment. The trust fund he added will provide scholarships to exceptional students for further their educational pursuit in Nigerian universities, among other initiatives.

Dr. Ibrahim then went ahead to launch the fund with a personal donation of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) and announced the formation of a board of trustees to oversee its operations.

Guest Speaker at the event Prof. C J Dakas (SAN), stressed the important role that alumni associations play in the alma mater’s development, pointing out the relevance of leveraging on modern trends and global best practices to enhance curriculum standards and promote a conducive learning environment.

Prof. Dakas urged alumni to contribute significantly to both the school’s advancement and the upliftment of the host community.

“In today’s knowledge economy, science reigns supreme as the driving force behind global progress. As we embrace the era of the fourth industrial revolution, the critical role of science in shaping our future cannot be overstated. My fervent hope is that students, alongside government agencies, will unite to transform Kuru into an IT hub and innovation center. Let us, as alumni, pledge our unwavering commitment to the development of our alma mater.” he said.

As the convention progressed, the Chairman of the occasion, Nde Gideon Barde, emphasized the need for comprehensive reforms in secondary education in Plateau State to restore educational quality and relevance in the face of evolving global challenges. He urged collaboration between relevant stakeholders, including alumni associations, to revitalize alma maters and contribute to national development.

The convention provided a platform for alumni to reflect on past achievements, celebrate shared memories, and chart a course for the future. With the establishment of the Kuru Science School Education Trust and the commitment of alumni to contribute to educational excellence, the stage is set for transformative initiatives that will benefit current and future generations of students. As KOSA members unite in their resolve to advance the alma mater’s legacy, the promise of a brighter future for Government Science School Kuru shines ever brighter.

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KOSA 2024 Special Convention: Governor Mutfwang Emphasizes Role of Alumni in Educational Advance as KOSA Launches Educational Trust Fund

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