By BAYO AMODU, Abuja
As part of its commitment towards improving the standard of education in the country, Cornerstone Insurance Foundation has donated 2000 english and mathematics textbooks to 10 schools in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in its 2017 CSR project tagged “Bookathon.’’
The foundation said the gesture was part of its numerous corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities across the country.
The foundation, working in partnership with FIN Insurance Company Limited, also a member of the Cornerstone Insurance Group, donated 200 books to Model School, Maitama, Abuja. The foundation said its objective was to equip school libraries with basic academic and educational materials and boost students’ academic performances in both mathematics and English examinations at state and national levels.
The acting managing director, FIN Insurance Limited, Mr Ademola Abidogun, said the donation of the books was to assist students who could not afford to buy textbooks in the two core subjects to have access to such books. He said the foundation intends to do more as the feedbacks from the gesture so far have been encouraging.
Also, head, Marketing and Corporate Communications Group, Cornerstone Insurance, Cordelia Ekeocha said, ‘‘We discovered that students have challenges to proceed to university to pursue further studies because of deficiencies in english and maths. We decided to build their libraries to reduce excuses of lack of access to relevant books. We bought most of the textbooks from recommended publishers by the federal ministry of education.
‘‘We have reached out to eight schools in Lagos, one in Abuja and another in Port Harcourt. Our biggest market is Lagos but we are in the six geo political zones of the country,’’ she said.
She also explained that the foundation focuses mainly on public schools because they discovered that most of their students could not afford to buy relevant textbooks.
She also disclosed that the foundation, working with the FRSC was working on another CSR activity of creating awareness for drivers about road safety by November 14, 2017.
The vice principal (administration) of the school, Mr Robert Order, who appreciated the large donation of books to the school by the foundation, promised that the books would be well utilised. He also said the books would assist the students to do in-depth studies and make tremendous impact on them.
The head boy of the school, Rapheal Collins said the donation of books to the school will aid the students to improve in their studies.