‘Investment in human capital will create positive future generation’
The co-founder, Stallion Empowerment Initiative (SEI), Ms. Sarina Vaswani, has said that investments in human capital through education and skills can positively impact future generations.
Vaswani stated this recently when SEI introduced a scholarship programme for the Premium Technical High School and Premium Primary Schools at Warri in Delta state.
According to her, the initiative supports youth to further their education into secondary schools and universities.
The 2020 awards were given to 21 students in an apt felicitation ceremony encouraging students to set high goals for a bright future. The inaugural scholarship was given to the best performing student across their various classes for the 2019 / 2020 academic session.
“We believe our school programmes and supplies can help prepare students into adulthood,” she said.
The three broad categories of scholarships introduced are Sunil Vaswani Merit Scholarships with 100 per cent tuition fee waiver for the best student in classes, primary six to senior secondary three.
The scholarship also includes, Principal’s Merit Scholarship with 75 per cent tuition waiver for the second-best student and Roy Tabet Merit Scholarship with 50 per cent tuition scholarship for the third best student.
The Guardian gathered that SEI supported premium Technical High School (THS) at Warri with 1746 students and the two premium primary schools with 2000 students at Warri, Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Principal, THS, Joseph Sido, said the schools offer qualitative secondary school education for children in the neighboring communities. He added that the students are imparted with technical training so that they are absorbed in industries like Premium steel or other ancillary industry in that region.
Statistically, it is given that the sub-Saharan Africa region has a rough estimate of 64% illiteracy, which is the highest in the world.
SEI said it was working towards building Nigeria as a benchmark in improving the access and opportunities available for young individuals.
The goal, according to SEI is to improve the attendance rates for schools in the region and encourage the meritorious with the right support so that they become the harbinger for development in the region.
Vaswasni said: “71% of the students chosen on merit are female further attesting that SEI supports schools that provide a very conducive environment for the girl child. Female literacy continues to be an ongoing challenge in Nigeria owing to cultural and religious disparities.
“SEI believes that these are core challenges society will continue to tackle in the future and therefore it is essential to set the precedence of gender equality in Nigeria.
“By creating an open environment for girls to attend schools and supporting them with educational grants and scholarships the organisation is propagating gender equality.
“SEI’s key focus is to support and scale education, healthcare & driving youth empowerment programs across Nigeria. Stallion Empowerment Initiative is dedicated on road mapping a journey to a better future.”