A non-governmental organization (NGO), Mendelife global foundation has given out free school bags, sandals, flasks, and drinking bottles, and other learning materials to 126 primary school and secondary school students and pupils in twelve primary and secondary schools in Mpape, Abuja, yesterday.
In a project tagged “Back to School”, the foundation equally distributed books and writing materials to the pupils.
The benefitting schools whose pupils got free school uniforms, sandals, and other learning materials included LEA Nursery/primary school, Wisdom Series Modelity, Newtone College Mpape, Government Secondary School Mpape, Junior secondary school Mpape, Heritage Academy, Royal both Academy, Bright Future Nursery/Primary School, Unique Academy, etc. all in Mpape.
Items distributed included a pair of school bags, a pair of School sandals, a pair of flask and drinking bottle, notebooks, and writing materials.
Presenting the gift to the student yesterday, The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Otobong Cassandra Mendie, said this gesture is to encourage the student adding that in as much school is free, but these items are not free but the foundation is giving them free.
According to her, “We understand that most times, government school might be free but the school supplies might be such as School uniform, sandals, bags, that is where we are trying to bridge the gap and we are sending them back to school with complete school Kitts”.
Speaking on how she decided to give back to society, she said helping the needy is my lifestyle because growing up as a child, I love giving back to society, and why we choose this particular community is because many students here don’t have access to what we shared today.
Speaking on the scholarship, she said, “We have paid about 24 students remaining 115 for the children and another one. For now, the scholarship is for secondary, primary, nursery schools hope to touch higher institutions soon.
“We want to do more, but based on the limited fund we have at our disposal we just stick with 250 students. We want to double it to 500 last year but because of COVID-19, we could not afford it”.
She called on the government to give them a platform to start after school noted that some of these kids are not really doing well in class and also appealed to the government to give them that space and support them so that these children can get quality education.
She, however, advised parents to show interest in the education of their children, saying “parents must understand that it is their primary responsibility to cater for the education of their children. Instead of waiting for aides and arms to help their kids parents should engage in any form of odd jobs if possible and see their children through school. Education gives your kids a better chance at Social Mobility.