Cms Grammar School Celebrates Founders day today June 06 2017 158 years



Today June 06 2017 is the Founders day Of The oldest Secondary school in Nigeria CMS GRAMMAR SCHOOL,JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THEM 🎊 

The Event Would well attended by Notable Nigerian Men Today. At the School Hall..., 


BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL 
CMS Grammar School in Bariga, a suburb of Lagos in Lagos State, is the oldest secondary school in Nigeria, founded on 6 June 1859 by the Church Missionary Society. For decades it was the main source of African clergymen and administrators in the Lagos Colony.[1]






    CMS Grammar School, Lagos is the oldest secondary school in Nigeria. It was founded on the 6th of June 1859. 




    One of the major consequences of the advent of European Missionaries and the subsequent exploration of the interior regions of Nigeria was a rise in the establishment of Churches and Schools by the Missionaries.

    The missionaries had projected that if evangelism was to witness success and progress, education of the citizenry was inescapable. Thus, began the founding of many elementary schools, under the auspices of the CMS Mission and in line with that exploratory pattern. One of the leaders of the CMS Mission, Henry Venn was said to have favoured and encouraged the education of Africans for the African Mission, under a familiar climate. 




    One of the products of that indigenization campaign was Thomas Babington Macaulay, an African and Nigerian who was spotted and picked from Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone and sent to England to train as an Anglican Priest at the CMS Training Institute Islington in the United Kingdom; where he studied Literary Arts; and after which he also had a brief stint at the King's College, University of London where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Arts. Determined to carve a niche for himself as a major player in the education of Africans - a programme that was on-going at the time, Thomas Babington Macaulay was ordained, next to The Revd. (later Bishop) Samuel Ajayi Crowther in 1854. He returned on graduation to Abeokuta and was posted to the Abeokuta Training Institute in Ake, under The Revd. Robert C. Paley where he rose to become the Headmaster on the death of Rev. Robert Paley after only three months. 


    Reported to be "too academic" for an elementary school and "lecturing his congregation instead of preaching to them" Henry Townsend was to get him transferred from Abeokuta en-route Lagos to Freetown in Sierra Leone to join the staff at the CMS Grammar School there. Macaulay felt differently and pleaded to be allowed to start a High School in Lagos; as an option to being transferred. His request was granted. Armed with his approval letter, his monthly stipend and the four rooms granted him in a small single storey building called the COTTON WAREHOUSE along the Broad Street, Lagos - the present site of ECOBANK (UTC Building) on Broad Street, Lagos. Thomas Babington Macaulay founded CMS Grammar School on June 6, 1859. He presided with great distinction as Principal over the school from 1859 to 1879 when he died. 



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Cms Grammar School Celebrates Founders day today June 06 2017 158 years Cms Grammar School Celebrates Founders day today June 06 2017 158 years Reviewed by Olamide Abimbola on 6/06/2017 11:23:00 am Rating: 5

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