By Innocent Samuel and Chidera Eke. News/Comments, September 11, 2022
LAGOS-Joining their counterparts across the world to mark the International Literacy Day, as proclaimed on November 17, 1965 by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a Non-Governmental Organisation, JAKIN, which happens to be their 13th edition. Meanwhile, the theme for this year as projected by UNESCO is: Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces.
In the same vein ,the NGO which has remained consistent in giving hope to the vulnerable, downtrodden and others through her initiative, Dress a child for school project-as a way of commemorating the international literacy day on every September 8, has raised hope for 6500 0rphans since 2010, where most of them have received school uniform, school bags, pair of sandals, dozen of exercise books, mathematical sets, branded set of stationers for secondary school among others.
Meanwhile, the President/CEO of the NGO, Mrs Bukola Adebiyi has said that 2022 marks the 13th edition of Dress a child for school while lamenting on the huge financial burden the organization has to carry due to situation in the country, stating however that, the NGO initial outreach was 500 but after covid it increased to 1000, as more orphans and vulnerable children were discovered and everything mounted up to 10 million. Adebiyi however expressed gratitude to all sponsors for always responding to the NGO especially Gamesville foundation ,Falcon corporation, Purple Maryland ,Be Happy group and Mariteam whose representative where present at the ceremony. In her address, the guest speaker, Mrs Adenekan Olusola, Principal of Birrel Ave Senior High noted that literacy is the ability to read, write and communicate while stressing the importance of good character and Values in it. On his part, Mr. Adams Olusoji, Chairman, Mainland Local government PTA, advised children to remain truthful to their studies, while encouraging them to avoid bad peer groups, stressing that Parents should pay attention to their children’s plight. Corroborated by Miss Ozah Ujoma, ( Falcon Corporation), and Miss Ajala Kolufunke, (Gamesville foundation)
The 1000 Beneficiaries for this year’s Dress a Child project was drawn from 126 different government primary and secondary schools across 12 Local government and partly Ogun State They are, Mainland, shomolu, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Mushin,Alimosho, Eti osa, Oshodi, Isolo,Ajeromi ,Surulere and Ado Odo/ of shagamu, as 59 primary Schools, 36 Junior and 31 Senior secondary schools will be benefitting from this programme. Each child will receive one set of school uniform,1 pair of socks,1 pair of school sandals,1 school bag ,1 dozen of exercise books and set of stationers. Others who attended the occasion include, Dr Olubumi Adebiyi representing the NGO Board of Directors, Mr Akanbi Job, a representative from the educational district 5, Mrs Adedira Aderonke assistant director from the ministry of education, Alausa and others.
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