Rex Mafiana launches Foundation to bridge education gap
Targetted at empowering talented young people to achieve their dreams while providing financial support for the underprivileged to access quality education, the Rex Mafiana Foundation will impact 5000 young people in the next five years.
At an official launch and fundraising of the foundation held at Civic Centre, in Lagos, had in attendance guests including CEO of Soulmate Industries Ltd., Sir Ndukwe Osogho-Ajala (OON), Chairman Greenwich Group, Mr. Kayode Falowo, and MD/CEO, CSCS Plc, Mr. Jalo-Waziri Haruna.
peaking at the event, the founder of the organisation, Rex Mafiana stressed the importance of education and how it has impacted his life and personality, hence his passion for quality and affordable education for all Nigerians. “I didn’t come from a gold background myself. I know what education did for me. I was quite a brilliant boy back in Enugu in primary school. I know that my best friend ended up a truck pusher, and this was because his parents couldn’t pay his way even to secondary school.”
He noted that the statistics for education in Nigeria are alarming as what we even think we know is the tip of the iceberg as it does not tally. “We don’t have enough data and even the data we have is bad. If we extrapolate, it will give you a clear picture of how bad the situation is. And that is why some of us have tried doing this.”
Mafiana further added that the idea behind the foundation is to catch young Nigerians early and provide an equal playing ground for them in the future.
Also speaking, CEO of Xerde Technologies, Khadijat Abdukadir, noted that the foundation’s aim of reaching young children is a worthy cause. “The Rex Mafiana Foundation endears itself to children and talented young people from underprivileged backgrounds. We are focusing on an issue that affects our future because when young people are not catered for, there’s no future for them.”
In a panel session focused on ‘Access to Quality Education; Bridging the Barrier’, had the Executive Director of Child Dignity Foundation, Amaka Awogu; Managing Director Bridge International Academies Foundation, Foyinsola Akinjayeju, immediate past CEO of Transcorp PLC, Valentine Ozigbo, and Director of programmes, LEAP Africa Amabelle Nwakanma, who moderated the session.
At the end of the panel discussion, it was agreed that to make education qualitative, accessible and affordable, all hands have to be on deck.