Lagos – A group, Learn Naija Initiative, on Saturday urged well-heeled Nigerians and corporate organisations to donate learning and writing materials toward providing quality education to the less privileged children.
Mrs Abimbola Oligbinde, Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, of Learn Naija Initiative and Melethsey Media Ltd, said that such donations were in line with the United Nations Global Goal 7.
Oligbide made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the maiden donation by the group.
The event took place at the Ifesowapo Primary School, Aboru, Iyana-Ipaja in Lagos.
She said that the group had donated free textbooks in various subjects, including Mathematics, English Language and Science to the primary one pupils of the school to enhance learning.
“This is the first edition, and our vision is to reach out to 10, 000 pupils in public schools at the suburbs and slum areas in Lagos State, within one year.
“With this donation, we intend to encourage the pupils to have access to textbooks to enhance their learning, reading culture and improve their understanding,” she said.
According to the coordinator, the Lagos State Government has been magnanimous enough to provide textbooks for the pupils to use during school hours.
“But the idea for the donation was to give a personal copy to the school pupils, free, to use both in school and at home.
“We chose English and Mathematics because they are the two compulsory subjects for entry level, while science is required because the world is technologically advanced.
“And we intend to breed the Nigeria Bill Gate,’’ Oligbinde said.
Mrs Tolu Ebun, a politician and partner with the group, lauded the project, saying that every Nigerian child deserved quality education.
“It is important that every Nigerian is educated and get quality education, because it also helps to make the political terrain more conducive,’’ she said. (NAN)