On the 1st of Febuary, 2018, a courtesy visit was paid to Ifetedo Middle School. A school located in Ifetedo, Ife South Local Government Area in Osun State,by the iRead to live initiative, a non-governmental organization, an advocate for quality education in Nigeria . The N.G.O with its team of Volunteers, Undergraduate law students of Osun State University, College of Law, sensitized the students, from primary 5-6 and Jss1- Jss3 on the need to take their academics very seriously. Emphasis was made on the need to get quality education. As a man without education is a living dead/walking corpse. The students were encouraged to study hard and give their parents reasons to believe the price paid for their education isn’t foolishly expended. The volunteers in each of their presentation stressed that interest in any vocation or trade isn’t bad, but that it can be complemented with sound and quality education. Reference was made to Tara Durotoye, a renowned make-up artist in Nigeria, who is also a lawyer. The students were encouraged that they could do anything if they are resolute to work hard and be diligent.
However, in the course of interacting with the students and boosting their morale, promises were made by two volunteers, Faith Okewale, a final year law student and Aisha Abiona, a 400l law student to sponsor t any best two students in primary 5 who do well in their entrance exams, which is usually done after primary school education in preparation for entrance into secondary school. The Executive Director of the N.G.O, Sule Jacob, also announced that an endowment fund would be awarded to support students’ fees for the Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination. He also stressed that the students concerned would be selected based on their academic performance. This would be done so as to encourage other students to work hard and also see their dream come true. The students were introduced to the iRead to live club, established to equip and strengthen the Reading Habits and Character of students that they may become leaders. As readers are leaders. Interested students were inducted as members of the iRead to live club. The induction was spearheaded by one of the Directors, in the N.G.O, the Director of Training and International Exchange, Bamidele Tope.
A policy dialogue session was held with the vice-principal and Teachers of the school. The session was handled by the Executive Director of the N.G.O, iRead to Live Initiative. Where he gave a succinct introduction of the N.G.O, its vision and its functions. Several challenges peculiar to the school were enunciated. These are:
- Inadequacy and insufficiency of salary paid by Osun State Government
- Lackadaisical attitude amongst students.
- Lack of responsibility and total indifference of parents to their wards’ education
To mention a few. The Executive Director, Sule Jacob laid emphasis on the fact the N.G.O and its team of volunteers is, to complement government’s effort in the education sector. He further promised that volunteers of the N.G.O would help teach a minimum of a topic in each of the subjects offered by the students of the Ifetedo middle school. He expressly stated that the N.G.O would do anything in its capacity to help the school, if resources permit. However not making promises. The session was rounded-off by one of the teachers who thanked the Executive Director and the team of volunteers, on behalf of the vice-principal for coming around and helping out. The session ended with snapshots taken together by the N.G.O’s Executive Director, Sule Jacob, Volunteers and Staffs of Ifetedo Middle School.
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