Foundation empowers 2000 school pupils with uniforms, sandals
A non-governmental organization (NGO), Ernest Bebenimibo Foundation (EBF) has given out free school uniforms, sandals, and other learning materials to 2000 primary school pupils in five primary Schools in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri southwest council, Delta State.
In a project tagged “Kit up to School 2021”, the foundation equally distributed books and writing materials to the pupils.
The foundation had promised to provide free school uniforms to schools in the riverine communities of the state during their “Street to School” programme it launched last year, where books, school bags and learning materials were distributed to 2000 pupils in various primary schools in Gbaramatu kingdom.
The benefitting schools whose pupils got free school uniforms, sandals and other learning materials included Okpele-Ama Primary School, Tebujor, Toruyor Primary School, Opuede-bubor; Kupa Primary School, Ubefan; Kere Primary School, Egwa and Pepper-ama Primary School all in the Gbaramatu Kingdom.
The foundation said the project was carried out as a follow-up to last year’s Project Street2School where they identified over 90% of primary school pupils were lacking uniforms and learning items.
Items distributed included a pair of school uniforms, a pair of School sandals, notebooks, and writing materials.
The team of Volunteers from EBF was led by the President and Founder, Deacon Ernest Bebenimibo, his wife and co-founder, Loveth, the director-general, Deacon Ogaga Darlington Ossai, director Riverine Communities, Augustina Odudu, Welfare Director, Ms Juliet Seiyefa, Director of Media, Hon Gharvan White Ofuafo and several others
Ossai advised parents to show interest in the education of their children, saying “parents must understand that it is their primary responsibility to cater for the education of their children. Instead of waiting for aides and arms to help their kids parents should engage in any form of odd jobs if possible and see their children through school. Education gives your kids a better chance at Social Mobility.
He appreciated all the donors, sponsors and board of trustee members of the foundation for their support. He urged them to support EDF especially as the foundation intends to reach out to over 5000 kids after phase four is completed.
He called on Government and oil companies to partner with NGOs such EBF to reach those termed “unreached in the Society”.
Project Kit-Up to School 2021, according to the foundation, was designed to assist parents that are struggling to provide uniforms and other educational aid to their children in the rural riverine Communities, to encourage the kids to stay in school and put in their best to become leaders of tomorrow, to brighten the faces of the hopeless kids in riverine communities.
Ossai noted that the project would also give hope to the children schooling in the seemingly inaccessible creeks in Delta riverine Communities, encourage other NGO and well-meaning Individuals to reach out too and to raise the African and Nigerian Statistics of Kids in School rather than Kids out of School.