A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Youth Resource Development Education and Leadership Centre for Africa, on Wednesday, donated instructional materials to indigent pupils in Enugu State.
The President of the organisation, Mr Godwin Ogenyi, said that the gesture was to support the state in providing qualitative education to children in the state.
Ogenyi said that the materials, which would be distributed through the supervision of Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), included transistor radio sets, textbooks and exercise books.
Others are illustration posters, school bags and flash cards for teachers in special schools.
He said that the donation, which was made in collaboration with a group, the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) from International Citizen Service, was funded by UKaid.
Ogenyi said that the donation was also part of their COVID-19 response strategy that would enable teachers and pupils to pick up with their studies having stayed home for quite some time.
He said that the organisation had been involved in the process of lifting the standard of education in the state for the past 26 years.
According to him, the state government is doing its best to transform the education sector.
“However, we think it is time for others to lend a helping hands to what the state government is doing so that we can bring relief and succor to those indigent families in the rural communities,” he said.
Ogenyi, who is a former Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation in the state, said that the organisation appreciated the fact that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a telling effect on most families.
“Some pupils might not be able to go back to school without this type of intervention. That is why we have been working tirelessly in distributing these materials to assist such people.
“We want the children that are extremely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to be able to go back to school and enjoy quality education,” he said.
Ogenyi said the learning materials would be distributed to pupils in 15 primary schools across 10 communities in the state.
Responding, the Head of Department, School Services, ENSUBEB, Mrs Ngozi Ugwu, commended the organisation and their partners for their humanitarian gesture.
Ugwu said that the move would alleviate the suffering of pupils in the rural communities.
She appealed to other well meaning residents and groups in the state to support the government in its quest to provide quality education to the people. (NAN)