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Making a change, was that a dream or reality?

Central Advance College 12-years , accredited, preK–8 Catholic school in Kakuri, Kaduna South but unfortunately, age got in the way of innovation. Although the school for having been in existence a very short period, its dual immersion French–English program was a popular new approach introduced way back then. CAC was one of the first Catholic/Christian Institue Kaduna state of Northern Nigeria to offer such a program, where muslims were also tutors/students. Dual language immersion programs—integrating native English speakers and speakers of another language—provide instruction in both languages for all students. They promote bilingualism and biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement, and positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors in all students.It was this new program that would have indeed been the saving grace of the still struggling mixed society.Making a ChangeThe reinvention of CAC was pioneered by Principal Anthony Abumere(from the then Bendel State). When Abumere first came to the Institute, he was met with a dramatically dwindling enrollment list.“The Institution was struggling to stay open year after year after year. It was probably struggling with financial issues for 10 years,” he said. “When I was hired, I thought something has to be done to turn this Institution around, or it’s going to close.”Abumere says the superintendent also warned him that the Institution’s days were numbered unless a major change was made.“I am always up for a challenge, but I wouldn’t have stuck around if we couldn’t do something unique,” he explained. “I was able to turn the curriculum around so quickly because there was no one around to resist; there were a lot of empty seats. When half your seats are empty, that’s 50% less [opposition].”Student numbers had been steadily dropping for years at CAC. Fortunately, the focus of the Kaduna State’s archdiocese and archbishop/the State Government was on outreach to a Catholic/Crhistian/Islamic  society, where every single individual was confused....to be cont.