As part of efforts to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country, a non-governmental organisation, Empowering Africans Through Education Initiative, (EAE) has awarded N140, 000 worth of scholarship to 13 pupils selected across public and low-income private schools in Lagos State.
Speaking during the presentation of the scholarship to the pupils, the Community Engagement Manager, EAE, Joseph Onokpe, said the scholarship scheme was about improving lives of children and seeing that basic education becomes inclusive in Nigeria.
He said the initiative is aimed at cushioning the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with the belief that no pupil is left out on account of lack of basic amenities.
Also commending EAE, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, (LASUBEB) chairman, Mr Wahab Alawiye-King, said the need to improve on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is paramount in today’s world.
Alawiye-King, who was represented by Deputy Director, Co-Curricular, LASUBEB, Mrs Ismail Margaret, said: “The need for more support by NGOs like EAE is appreciated to intensify efforts in improving science and technology, as technology of today may be obsolete tomorrow.
Expressing delight over items given to them, a basic six pupil from Fazil-Omar Amadiya Primary School, Al-Amin Kabiru, said he felt happy being selected for the scholarship.