I am impressed when I see young people contribute to putting an end to the problems in the society.
On the 15th of Febuary, 2013, no fewer than 512 students of Adeife Shodipo Memorial Primary School in Bariga, Lagos, Nigeria, benefitted from the 3rd edition of the “Back to School project” of the Beyond the Classroom Foundation – a foundation aimed at providing support to indigent students in public schools in various communities across Nigeria.
It was indeed a joyous moment as pupils from the school, most of whom walk to school in tattered shoes and without basic school supplies, each received a Beyond the Classroom ‘Back To School’ kit with 2 pens, 2 pencils, an eraser, a ruler, 4 exercise books, 2 pairs of socks and a pair of school sandals included. The
School also received a creative board with illustrations to aid in the positive development of the minds of both the students and the teachers. This premium art print was donated to the School and handed to the Head Mistress of the School, Mrs. Oyenuga, by Mr. Ochuko Ogra, Founder of the Blackboard Initiative – an innovative initiative designed to boost cognitive and mind development in individuals through the use of creative illustrations.
Speaking after the event, Ms. Raquel Jacobs, Initiator of Beyond the Classroom, stated that ‘most of the pupils cannot attend school regularly because their parents cannot afford basic school supplies, hence the need for the project’. She further added that whilst it is the duty of the government to ensure minimum basic standards of education, the foundation was committed to supporting and promoting various efforts to enhance the quality and access to education for the less-privileged.
Speaking further, she expressed her gratitude to the Blackboard Initiative for partnering with the foundation on the Back to School Project and to everyone who supported, prayed for the success of the event and the over 30 volunteers who were on hand to ensure the event ran smoothly.
Various pupils could not hide their joy as they expressed their happiness and joy at the new books and shoes with some asking that Ms. Raquel and her team visit them once a month. The Back to School project is one of the many projects of Beyond the Classroom Foundation and the next is scheduled to hold on the 4th May, 2013.
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