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News Title : Oando Foundation and Pearson Education Publishing Limited partner to celebrate International Literacy Day

As part of events to commemorate International Literacy Day on September 8, Pearson Education Publishing Limited, the world’s leading learning company, today donated 4,000 books and learning aids to Oando Foundation. The Foundation was established to radically improve the quality of teachers and learning in Nigerian schools and communities by ensuring access to world-class basic education systems.
Oando Foundation, launched in 2011 to support the Nigerian Government to meet the Millennium Development Goals to achieve Universal primary education plans to improve literacy levels in Nigeria. The Foundation will distribute the books to all its adopted school during its Read2me week where volunteers and pupils will read together.
According to the UNESCO Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report 2012 Nigeria has an astonishingly low literacy rate of 61%; and approximately 10.5 million primary school children out of school. This represents 14% of the 70 million children out of school globally, more than any other country in the world. Today’s announcement reflects the Foundation’s commitment to improving the lives and future of Nigerian children through developing a successful education system in Nigeria.
Making the presentation for Pearson Education Publishing Limited was the Managing Director, Mr. Muhtar Bakare.
Receiving the books on behalf of Oando Foundation was Ms. Tokunboh Durosaro who said, “We are extremely delighted that Pearson Education has donated learning aids which will surely boost the learning outcomes in our adopted schools. This will also assist in eradicating the poor levels of literacy in Nigeria.” She further went on to say that, “To celebrate International Literacy Day the Foundation is organizing ‘Read2me’, an initiative engaging children in the act of reading. The ‘Read2me’ initiative will be an interactive reading session involving volunteers and pupils at Oando Foundation adopted schools. ‘Read2me’ is vital to the Foundation’s goal of cultivating a culture of reading in Nigerian schools.

The Oando Foundation’s Adopt-A-School initiative is based on the premise that improving the quality of education in Nigeria requires a multifaceted approach focused on whole school development. The strategies used to address this includes infrastructural development through school renovation and new builds, Teachers Training and provision of learning aids, introduction of Early Child Care and Development Education, establishing ICT centres and Scholarship Awards.Since its inception, the Foundation’s flagship Adopt-A-School initiative has benefitted 20,750 students and 420 teachers in 47 government-owned primary schools nationwide. The Foundation aspires to adopt 100 schools by 2015.

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.  The Foundation’s aims to support the Nigerian Government to meet the Millennium Development Goals to achieve Universal primary education.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, NGOs and civil society to fulfill its goals and objectives.
The Oando Foundation has so far adopted 47 schools across 20 states, Adamawa, AkwaIbom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, FCT Abuja, 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 100,000 lives by ensuring over 60,000 pupils have access to quality primary education; broaden the capacity of 3,584 teachers, award scholarships to over 2,560 pupils to reduce direct and indirect costs of education to students.
Learn more about the Foundation at oandofoundation.org.
For further information, please contact:
Tokunboh Durosaro
Director, Oando Foundation

Oando PLC
2 AjoseAdeogun Street,
Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria.
Email: tdurosaro@oandoplc.com
Tel: +234 (1) 2702400 Ext 6226

Date Published:08 September 2013

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