Out-of-school-children : FG distributes school materials in Ondo
By Boluwatife Akinola
The Federal Ministry of Education yesterday organized a national identification and enrollment programme for out-of-school pupils in Ondo State.
The programme, held in Akure, witnessed distribution of school materials such as sandals, notebooks, school bags, and other writing materials, to pupils.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. David Adejo, reiterated that the initiative will foster quality education in the state.
The PS represented by Mr Afowowe Olugbolahan mentioned that the state cannot make progress with high number of illiterate and the programme will help to shape the future of the state.
Adejo stated that it is the duty of the government to make sure no child is left behind in education, as such, the government deemed it necessary to provide basic materials to keep the pupils in school.
Ondo Commissioner for Education, Pastor Femi Agagu, thanked the Federal Government for the gesture, stressing that the state government will continue to give support to the education system of the state and urged parents to encourage their children to go to school in order to bring out the effort of the government.
The Permanent secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Folashade Adegoke, said “this intervention and materials supplied by the federal government to our state will go a long way in reducing the number of out-of-school children on our street and other places,” she said.
She advised the pupils receiving the materials to use them judiciously and embrace formal education to make them better, more self-reliant, and more useful to society at large.
SUBEB Chairman, Victor Olabimtan, lauds the Federal government for encouraging and supporting Ondo State to stop the menace of out-of-school children and assures the Federal government and all bodies involved in the material distribution that Ondo State and SUBEB are doing their best to ensure all children are enrolled in school.
He urged parents not to allow the situation in the country to stop the education of their children, as the world is advancing and the children will need education in any skill they learn.
Olabimtan educates the children on the importance of education in their lives and tells them to make use of the material given to them judiciously and not to encourage their parents to withdraw them from school.
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult, and Non-formal Education, Professor Simon Ibor, lauded the federal government for creating the program to make sure all children are entitled and to also curb illiteracy in the country.