A Non-Governmental Organization, Oscar Obi Youth and Children Literacy Foundation, has given one out-of-school girl child, Deborah Amos, full scholarships to go back to school and also gave out educational materials such as school bag, sandal, writing materials, and among others, to aid her learning.
The gesture, which was witnessed by Principal and teachers of L.E.A Primary school in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Four (4) on ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
Recounting his encounter with Deborah, Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Barrister Oscar Obi said: “I was driving through Gado Nasko road in Kubwa when I saw her playing with her peers in school uniform. I observed she wasn’t wearing one and has no sandal on her.
“I got off the car and walked up to inquire why she wasn’t in school uniform. After my enquiries, I got to know that she has never been to school at all because her family could not afford to send her to school.
“I then requested to meet with her family and she took me to her Uncle, Mr. Simon Joseph, who is also her guardian and gateman with one hospital in Kubwa.
“After a brief introduction and discussion with Mr. Joseph, he was glad at our decision to offer Deborah a full scholarship to cover both her primary and secondary education, including school materials and uniforms.”
Mr. Joseph, who expressed appreciation to the organization, said they have helped Deborah Amos, secure a bright future by sending her to school.
Also, Barrister Obi, in his remarks, stressed that the foundation was established to provide education opportunities for the less privileged.
His words: “The foundation has been in existence with many beneficiaries who cuts across tribes and religions.
“We want to see how we can help out-of-school children to achieve their dreams so that those who want to become doctors will still become doctors and those who want to become engineers will still become engineers.”
Barrister Obi further urged other well-meaning individuals to look around their immediate environment and see kids they can take off streets
“In our today’s society, aside efforts of the government, there are actually loads we can do as individuals to assist these innocent kids, from less privileged backgrounds achieve their life goals.
“Deborah is not among those ‘professional beggars’ that will never want to leave the trade. She’s a little girl so desirous to acquire knowledge. Many of her likes exist in our immediate environments. Please let us discover them and touch their lives,” Oscar said.