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I appreciate teachers and their profound impact, having been raised by 2 quintessential teachers.

My mother, Mrs Florence Ajumogobia’s trained to be a teacher at Women’s Training Centre (WTC), Old Umuahia Halt where she studied Domestic Science and English for the Nigeria Teachers Certificate in 1948.

Her early teaching career culminated in her appointment as Head Teacher, Igbudu Girl’s School, Warri. Thereafter, she proceeded to the Manchester College of Domestic Economy on a government scholarship, obtaining a diploma in Home Science from
Manchester University in 1949.

She later taught Domestic Science at Queen’s College, Lagos and the Yaba and Lagos Island Domestic Science Centres.

In May 1961, at a tea party at her residence, Mrs. Ajumogobia expressed a need for a formal association of Domestic Science Specialists. She believed this would help to develop the Nigerian Child “as only a woman can.” At that gathering, attended by a group of dynamic women educationists, committed to improving the quality of life of the family, the Home Science Association (HSA) was founded. Mrs. Ajumogobia became its 1st Gen Secretary.

HSA’s foundation project was the establishment of a day care centre at No. 5 Ruxton Road, Ikoyi. In 1966, the HSA established a nursery-primary school, with 15 pupils; today it has well over 1,000 children.

The culmination of her training and experience in child development and home science was the establishment of the “The Play Pen” a Child Development Centre in response to the yearning need for day care facilities in Port Harcourt at the time.

From one child in the extended staff quarters of her home, in 1981, the Play Pen continues to thrive and has an enrolment of 350 children with 30 teaching and non-teaching staff at its premises in Port Harcourt.

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