Nigeria

Edo community to benefit from tuition-free school

Investing in children’s education has been described as an essential means of maximizing their future wellbeing, that of their communities and nation at large.

Director, Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International, Pastor Omon Alabi, made this assertion on Thursday in Iguobazuwa, Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State, at the foundation laying ceremony of a tuition-free nursery and primary school, Inner City Mission School in the community.

She noted that Oyakhilome, believes children embody the future hence must be provided with resources required to become productive adults. She added that the founder is ready to promote quality education and skill acquisition among children so that they become vital to the development of their communities and the nation at large.

While noting that the foundation is a faith-based, non-governmental, and non-profit organization that seeks to benefit vulnerable children through the promotion and sponsorship of free education, the Director disclosed that the foundation, through its Inner-City Mission Education Programme, has built over eight tuition-free schools across Asia and Africa just to cater for vulnerable children and those who have dropped out of school.

She noted, “We understand that the effect of poverty on children are far-reaching, and can lead to a life-long struggle especially when they don’t receive a full education, and this is why the area of education is particularly dear to our founder.

“The building of the school is a testament to our commitment to ensuring that vulnerable and marginalized children receive adequate educational opportunities, which will equip them with a foundational knowledge required to become active participants in changing their circumstances.

“The school will cater for pupils who have dropped out of schools or who have not been in the school due to financial constraints. It will provide uninterrupted access to six years of rich educational content which will give them what they need to become adults who are profitable to society.

“Undoubtedly, the growth of education is parallel to the growth of any society. For many disadvantaged children, education is a potential ticket out of poverty and deprivation.”

The Odionwere (Chief) of the community, Pa Sunday Omokaro represented by the Secretary of the community thanked Chris Oyakhilome for the gesture, urging them to complete the school as promised.

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