The Mona Audu Foundation (MAF) has equipped over 700 students in Abuja, the nation’s capital, and Kogi State, with school supplies, to enable them to return for the new academic session.
This was part of the organisation’s 2022 Back-to-School programme to provide support for the academic endeavours of children, especially those from indigent homes.
A number of organisations which supported the Foundation’s scholarship programme include; the United Arab Emirates Embassy and the Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation.
Speaking during the kick-off of the project at the LEA Model Primary School, Maitama Abuja, the co-founder of MAF, Prince Mustapha Audu, noted that the bedrock of any society is built on a concrete educational foundation and the literacy level of its people.
According to him, the enlightenment and education of a people must begin from childhood
He, therefore, explained that the back-to-school programme was an expression of the Foundation’s burning desire to build a viable and independent society in the country.
Audu said, “The whole idea is to support children and give them the books, the tools they need to become future leaders. They are leaders, so we have to equip them.
“If we don’t equip our children, how then can we bequeath a country to them that they can take care of and prepare for the generations coming behind them? This is the whole idea of the back-to-School programme.
“We are doing this for the children so that they learn to do this for others. This will bring us together as Nigerians and this will bring us together as a people.”
During an interactive session with the students, he assured them that the non-governmental organization will not relent in contributing its quota to help them throughout their process of going to school.
“We hope you will be the future leaders of Nigeria. We hope to provide you with the tools that you need to be useful members of society.
“So, I look forward to you being our future leaders. I look forward to you guys being ministers, senators, governors businessmen. Even the president and we look forward especially to the young ladies here today, because the future is about the girl child empowerment,” Audu added.
Speaking also, Zahrah Mustapha Audu, disclosed that in its bid to stretch its hand of generosity to other kids in different states of the federation, the Foundation has extended the ‘Back to School’ initiative to nine other states including Lagos, Adamawa, Kano, and Kogi among others.
Other schools covered in the 2022 edition of the programme in the FCT include; the LEA Model Primary School Asokoro and the LEA Primary School Karu Central.
Responding on behalf of the benefiting schools, Mrs Georgie Nwachukwu, the Assistant Headteacher of LEA Model School, Asokoro, thanked the Mona Audu Foundation, saying that the gifts will enhance the children’s learning process.
She promised that the back-to-School items would be put to best use by the students
Meanwhile, Nwachukwu noted that qualified teachers abound in the country, but decried the inadequate funding of education in the country.