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 3418245553?profile=RESIZE_710xFeyisola Dinyo

Dear Old Boys,

The brief history of BFHS I am about to post is a recount of the compendium of information at my disposal all of which came into my possession from stories told to me by some of the Pioneer Old Boys during my personal interaction with them during my several years tenor as President of BIFOBA and from documentation coming into my possession from the School records/ personal notes of some of our Teachers, the likes of Chief Olayeye, Mr R.H White etc. This historical Account which I have made general and summarized is not intended to cast any aspersions and should NOT be made a subject of controversy by Old Boys. On the contrary, it is to be deemed educational materials showcasing the rich and proud heritage of our Alma which a lot of Old Boys are not aware of.

These information were handed over to me by Old Boys and Teachers, some of whom have passed on and I am also handing these records over to the next generation peradventure I also pass, so the next gen

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Sometime in June/July 2006, North America chapter was officially established, and this website, as an official website for the Alumni Association (BIFOBA), was finally developed and ready for use. And right immediately after the creation of the website, the chapter assumed the management of it (both technically and financially) as part of its complementary program to the national headquarter in Nigeria, to this day. 

The fact is North America chapter was established with the hope of saving Birch Freeman High School (BFHS) from its state of decadent paralysis - by working (as a perfect complement) with the National Headquarter of the Alumni Association in Lagos. And to accomplish the saving mission, the chapter created this website as an additional move to make the National Association worldwide in scope among its alumni, both in participation and in membership. And so, the process of globalizing BIFOBA started not only with the establishment of the North America chapter but also with

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A couple of months back a 17-year old cousin who was still in school joined my family. I asked what class she was in and she said JSSII.

The last result, she was 7th out of 183 students. I insisted on knowing her position in her arm of JSSII and she came back with 7th out of 183. I had to explain to her I meant her arm of JSSII as in JSSII A, JSSII B etc. She told me she was 7th in JSS II C which had 183 students. I then asked her how many arms JSS II had. The school was blessed with JSS II A – P. Seventeen arms of Junior Secondary School year.

An average of 180 rowdy kids per class; 3,000 kids in just one year of a Lagos state government owned junior secondary school within Alimosho local government area. Maybe 9,000 kids in that ‘half school’? Up to 1979 Birch Freeman High School had about 500 students in all. Up to the mid-'80s, University of Ife had about 13,000 students. Today a woefully under-resourced middle school principal must manage 9,000 students with help from chronically

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On that faithful  Monday the 8th day of January when I walked into Birch Freeman High School (BFHS), little did I know what my parents signed me up for; 39years later, I am still somewhat connected to the school.

The four and a half years journey was a roller coaster. When I look back, I remember things that I would have loved to continue forever, sometimes remembering things to which no human should ever be subjected; overall I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have the Birch Freeman experience.

The model I have in mind when thinking about the topic addressing the role of government in education crosses across the primary, secondary and tertiary educational system. It is based on my experience i.e how do we preserve the great ones and discard the shortcomings so that the next generation can have a better tomorrow?  How do we make the next fifty years better than the past fifty years? Going down the memory lane, let us consider the role of churches/mission in our educational sy

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This is not just an article that highlights the complete decay in the Nigerian education system, it is a wake-up call to all those responsible for fixing the rot. There is no better way to put this; the decay in the educational system in Nigeria at all levels is heavily overwhelming and hopeless. This article takes a critical look at the graveyards our citadels of learning have since degenerated into from various perspectives ranging from infrastructure, capacity building, motivation and amenities.

In the mid-eighties, a popular quote was on the lips of every Nigerian; ‘If you think Education is expensive, try Ignorance’. The deep meaning buried in this simple sentence alone is enough to make a 60year old illiterate cry to the grave. Education is not just your right; it is what makes you feel alive. Lack of quality education is dehumanising, distasteful and usually degenerates into impoverishment. Now some school of thoughts will start citing names of illiterate billionaires and I sim

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Among the three basic needs of Human Being on this earth are food, clothing and shelter. If these items are lacking in any Human life, his or her functionality, sustenance and other aspects of life will not be in order, as efforts will be made to achieve these three minimum items of life to survive.

In any society, the Role of Government to help in providing these minimum items of life cannot be overemphasised. People forms Government or as it was in the past civilisation, Kings or Queens were in the place of leadership in such society to oversee the provision of this minimum life sustenance. In the current era of today, the same still holds true in all facet of Human lives. Food is essentially important, so is clothing. The shelter is paramount for every Human Being to protect us from natural elements of sun, rain, wind cold and so much more.

In the Educational setting as we know it today, from elementary, secondary and tertiary levels, a place to sit, read and absorb the imparted kn

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Dr. Peter Igbuan Oyakhire (An ophthalmologist)

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society concluded in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Jan. 12,2005) that “prolonged high consumption of red and processed meat may increase the risk of cancer in the distal portion of the large intestine.”

 

The American Cancer Society states that colon cancer is the number one cancer for both men and women in America. The standard American diet is comprised of 55% fat.

 

A study conducted at Loma Linda University, California, on 100,000 Californian Seventh Day Adventists, with emphasis on diet showed that their cancer rate (all kinds) is half that of the national average.

 

The Australian, June 10, 1975 reported: "According to a survey of 800 Adventists in Sydney, incidence of common malignant diseases such as lung cancer and stomach cancer is only one-third that of the rest of the community. Incidence of abnormal blood pressure and high cholesterol le

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