The chief executive officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar Onyema, has unveiled a foundation aimed at tackling the gap in the nation’ s educational system.
According to him, the Oscar N. Onyema Foundation is a not-for-profit and non-political organisation set up to transform the lives of less privileged children and youth in Nigeria.
‘‘The primary goal of the Foundation is to support the continued effort to expand access to formal education in Nigeria, especially amongst indigent children and youth, raise the bar in academic achievements and encourage positivity and hope to the less privileged families and communities. The Foundation plans to achieve this by investing in four priority areas, Mentorship Program, Scholarship Management Program, Workforce Program and Home Visitation,’’ said Onyema.
Speaking at the unveiling programme in Lagos, Onyema said that ONO Foundation is positioned with the goal of unlocking access to formal education for less privileged youths.
“ONO Foundation will focus primarily on providing safety nets for the less privileged children and youths, by ameliorating the issues of lack of guidance and providing educational materials and funding towards achieving greater social impact in the education sector in Nigeria.”
He encouraged every patriotic Nigerian to continue to give their support towards uplifting indigent youths especially those who seek knowledge.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees, ONO Foundation, Mr. Tunde Folawiyo, echoed the sentiments of Onyema emphasising that “the Foundation is borne out of an understanding that the society of our dreams cannot materialise if its future, the children and the youth are not properly trained, inspired and equipped to be the catalyst and springboard of change and growth.”
He said this Foundation is unique because its programs are focused not just on education but also on treating the emotional and mental challenges and ails faced by our children and youth, their families and our less privileged communities.
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