Foundation donates books and educational materials to 51 schools in Akinyele local government

A community-based non-profit organization, the Jeremiah and Felicia Aderoju Foundation (JFA), which aims to meet the needs of impoverished African communities, has reaffirmed its commitment to the advancement of education and its determination to put education at the reach of rural populations. communities, especially in Oyo State.

The founder, Mrs. Elizabeth Olagunju (nee Aderoju) said so in her speech during a program tagged: “Jeremiah and Felicia Aderoju Foundation Educational Advancement Project in Akinyele Local Government Area which has held at Shasha Community Grammar School, Ibadan last Saturday.

The founder, who named the foundation after her parents, said the vision was born out of her father’s legacy of promoting education, which he demonstrated in his community service exemplary in Eruwa, his hometown.

“Throughout my primary school career, owning books was out of my reach. I remember having to borrow books from classmates who would reluctantly release them. Therefore, I had to serve my mission in their homes. Therefore, in 2015, I decided to end the cycle of educational poverty with my generation,” she said.

While highlighting some of the foundation’s accomplishments, she said the foundation has donated individualized libraries to approximately 500 students across the state; has provided teachers and principals with free professional development materials to improve their pedagogy and has run free nine-week academic tutoring for approximately 400 SSS 3 students so far.

Others are the provision of baby food, clothing and hygiene products to school-aged children, associated with other socio-economic impacts such as empowerment of women, digging of boreholes, l youth empowerment, among others.

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Speaking about the event, the Founder’s Representative in Nigeria, Former Deputy Chairman of Ibarapa East Local Government, Hon. Jacob Akintola noted that “Education is the foundation of any developed community and without it , there could be no real advancement, hence the reason we chose to distribute quality books, most of which are sent overseas by the Founder to meet some of the needs in various homes.

In their remarks, one of the co-organizers of the event, Dr. Elizabeth Ajayi, confirmed that the project had obtained approval from the state Department of Education before donating to schools in the Akinyele local government area.

Items donated are textbooks, toys, storybooks and other educational materials to enhance the reading and learning of students in the community.

According to JFA Foundation Team Leader, Dr. Adefowope Alabi, the foundation has reached out to all secondary schools in Akinyele local government area, totaling 51 schools including 36 public schools and 15 private schools.

While appreciating the basis of the gesture on behalf of the schools, Mr. Kindehin Eyitayo and Mrs. Mayowa Adebayo from Orogun Grammar School, Kajorepo Community Grammar school respectively said that it is a good thing for the students to cultivate the habit of reading, saying “it enriches their brain.”

They are committed to ensuring that their students read all the books, creating a reading time for them in school libraries during school hours as well as the judicious use of other teaching materials.

In the same vein, Dorcas Adeyemo, from Royal Diadem College, Alapata village and Goodness Popoola, from Collegiate Institute, who thanked the founder on behalf of the other students, expressed their joy at the donation of the book. They said they would do a lot to improve their studies and their vocabulary.

Earlier in his speech, the Governor’s Special Assistant for Education Matters, Mr. Victor Olojede congratulated the Founder and the JFA team for the success of the capital-intensive project.

While he encouraged them not to slack off on their efforts to partner with the government for the advancement of education in the state, he instructed them to also donate books in line with the state curriculum .