Foundation provides 900 uniforms to schools in Lagos
Bankole Thomas Foundation (BTF) has donated 900 uniforms to three schools in Lagos, as part of efforts to improve children’s self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and aid to learning.BTF, an offshoot of the popular Bankole Thomas men’s fashion brand gave the uniforms to young pupils of Anthony Model School, Kosofe, St John Primary School, Arolaya, Lagos Island and Unity Primary School, Amuwo Odofin.
In a statement, the group identified one of its objectives as not just enhancing quality education but empowering low income tailors through the production process, thereby promoting decent work and economic growth.
“The Bankole Thomas Foundation is an offshoot of the Bankole Thomas Clothiers and the mission is to provide basic clothing for children who attend government owned primary schools in Africa but we started with Lagos as charity begins at home’.
“The inspiration behind the creation of BTF is because being the creative director of the Bankole Thomas, I grew up in a very challenging environment; my primary school uniforms were nothing to speak home about, it wasn’t up to standard, it dampened my self-esteem, I was not looking acceptable and it affected my educational performance. During my stay in primary school, I was promoted twice on trial simply because I could not concentrate on my studies. You will be surprised that things like this affect young children. For me it is a childhood memory that I cannot forget.
“this led to the creation of BTF and we are on a mission to put smiles on the faces of children by providing them with school uniforms. The education system in Nigeria has so many challenges. At BTF, we have focused on one of the challenges, which is the provision of school uniforms to improve the children’s self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and to aid learning. We believe that in the nearest future the steps that we have taken will bring the change that we all seek.