Maria Stella Mkpong

Maria Stella Victor Mkpong is a true representative of Nigeria’s composite culture. Maria Stella is a symbol of perfection, a rare combination of wisdom, knowledge, practicability and refinement of personality. She serves in the capacity of an educationist. Her contribution to the development of modern Nigerian thought through her educational and social philosophy is invaluable. A great educationist, she emphasizes that national renaissance can come through reformative education.
In order to evolve a new educational approach she established Sanvee International Schools so the scheme of basic education would be understood in its correct perspective while she attempted to implement it in proper form. Maria Stella stresses that education must be socially oriented and in the direction of meeting the social needs.

Education fails in its purpose if it produces socially indifferent and ineffective people. A good education is enrichment of life for individual human beings and contributes to the development of their spiritual potentialities. The aim of higher education is the development of the minds.

Sanvee is one of the first to try the project method, to develop a community approach in living and learning, to encourage self- government amongst students and train them for responsible citizenship, to arouse interest in art which did not find a place in the ordinary schools, and above all, to inculcate in the student and the teacher a spirit of idealism and social and national service.

The students learn to realize that education could have objectives other than securing government jobs after taking a certificate or degree”. For her an educated man must have a positive attitude towards culture, towards ultimate objective values. Besides this, an educated man has broad vision, open mindedness, an urge towards moral growth and flexibility in adjusting with man and environment.

Maria Stella Victor has several written yet unpublished works on family values, environmental pollution, women, and children, amongst many others. She has attended several courses. Her passion lies in teaching, reading, counselling and sports.

Maria Stella has in the Nigerian Airforce as a commissioned officer in the education corp. She presents Reading House Nigeria and presently works with Sanvee International Schools as Principal.

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