A Non Governmental Organization, (NGO) in Akwa Ibom State, called Intercontinental Friends Association of Nigeria, (IFAN) is sets to boast the free education policy of the state government by donating over twenty thousand exercise books and other educational materials to public schools in the state, as the new term begins.
Speaking with our correspondent on Sunday during the flagged off of their Educational Empowerment Initiative, a brainchild of the NGO which they will used in giving aides to the less privileged children in schools, the National President of IFAN, Prince Daniel Udobong said that the were moved by the treatment given to downtrodden children in public primary and secondary schools in the state.
Prince Udobong said though, the group is a collection of Christian professionals from various denominations. They needed to give back to the society in their push to contribute to educational development of the state.
The president explained that at times, when the government want to give scholarship, they will look for private and highly placed schools in the state, where the downtrodden children may not be able to afford, that is why they decided to put their concentration in public schools.
He added that their findings have revealed that in most of the public schools in the state, there is no sufficient desk to sit, some of the pupil go to school without sandals and other necessary educational kits, that is why they decided to also assist in their little way.
He explained that they will start the Educational Empowerment Initiative with the donation of over twenty thousand exercise books as the schools resume for second term, and thereafter, they will do their scholarship and the donation of other educational aides, adding that they have already got the permission of the state Ministry of Education to do so.
Also speaking, the Secretary general of the organization, Prince Ubong Brown said the concept and vision of the Educational Empowerment Initiative is to empower the best brains in schools, especially the less privileged in government primary and secondary schools, whose parent are incapacitated.
He added that the ongoing free education in the state could not address the issue of the less privileged persons in public schools, based on the implementation modalities, explaining that their initiative will strengthen the effort of the present government effort in education and also promote government re-branding programmes.