Lagos, Nigeria: Oando Foundation, an independent charity established to radically improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigerian primary schools and communities, has announced the completion of a solar powered Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre in St. Patrick’s Primary School, Ikot Nseijen, Etinan, Akwa Ibom, as part of the Foundation’s Adopt-A-School initiative.
A first for the school, the newly established ICT centre was donated by Protection Plus Services Limited, a security services firm with a focus on CSR initiatives, and is equipped with solar-powered desktop computers, a laptop, projector, printer, TV and DVD player.
Adekanla Adegoke, Head Oando Foundation remarked: “With an estimated 95% of the country’s future workforce requiring ICT skills, it is important that educational curricula keep pace with the fast-changing, technologically advanced world we live in. This formative process provides a great foundation and empowers the students to be better prepared for advanced education and life prospects. This project is an embodiment of the fact that we all have a role to play in fostering social progress and long term economic growth, ensuring tomorrow’s youth are adequately prepared today, and bridging the technology gap between privileged and under privileged Nigerian primary school children.
Oando Foundation’s ICT centres are established to enhance the learning capabilities of pupils, facilitate their exposure to digital technology and create a platform for them to be on par with their peers globally. St. Patrick’s Primary School has witnessed an increase of 13.1% in enrolment since the opening of the ICT centre, giving further impetus to the Foundation’s drive to open 100 centres in its adopted schools by 2020.
Mr. Ubong King, CEO Protection Plus Services Limited, also commented: “As part of our company’s commitment to social responsibility and community development, we took a critical look at the impact of education on economic development. Looking at the statistics regarding out-of-school children and education in Nigeria, we realised the need to partner with laudable platforms such as the Oando Foundation to ensure key investments in the country’s youth. The donation of the ICT center in rural Akwa Ibom, where the children have little to zero computer literacy is the true definition of empowerment.”
Oando Foundation was established to provide access to quality basic education for children. The thrust of the Foundation’s intervention involves identifying, adopting, renovating dilapidated public schools and improving the quality of learning nationwide; thereby creating model institutions for children. One of the key components of the programme is ensuring each school is equipped with an ICT Class to enhance the learning capabilities of pupils.
Oando Foundation has continued to establish partnerships and effective collaborations between international institutions, donor organizations, corporate organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
About Oando Foundation:
Oando Foundation, established in 2011, is an independent charity launched by Oando PLC, one of Africa’s leading indigenous energy solutions providers. Its mission is to radically improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigerian schools and communities by ensuring access to world class basic education systems.
Oando PLC currently provides 1 % of its annual pretax profit to fund the Foundation. Oando Foundation has also established strategic partnerships with government, the private sector, international development partners, NGOs and civil society to fulfill its goals and objectives.
Oando Foundation has so far adopted 58 schools across 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The adopted schools are in Adamawa, AkwaIbom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Taraba States. The Foundation plans to adopt 100 schools by 2015; directly affect over 200,000 lives by ensuring over 100,000 pupils have access to quality primary education; broaden the capacity of over 4,000 teachers, award scholarships to over 2,560 pupils to reduce direct and indirect costs of education to students.
Learn more about the Foundation at www.oandofoundation.org
For further information, please contact:
Head of Foundation, Oando Foundation
2 Ajose Adeogun Street,
Tel: +234 (1) 2702400 Ext 6226