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Lagos State Government Recognizes Oando Foundation for Improving its Education System

Oando Foundation has been named a Category A recipient at the 2015 Lagos State Government Support our Schools Initiative. The Support Our Schools Initiative recognizes and rewards Companies, Individuals and NGOs for their commitment to education and the development of public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State.

The Foundation with its Adopt-a-School Initiative has impacted lives all over Nigeria, and was selected based on its contribution to the education sector in Lagos State. In 2014, Oando Foundation partnered with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board to produce numeracy and literacy lesson plans for use in 1,004 public primary schools across the State. The lesson plans seek to improve classroom teachers’ capacity to teach by offering step-by-step guidance to teachers on how to effectively deliver good quality literacy and numeracy lessons. The distribution of the plans was done in partnership with Department for International Development’s programme – Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria and Lagos State Government

In addition, the Foundation has adopted and renovated several schools in Lagos State. Last year, the foundation launched a pilot State of the Art Early Childhood Care and Development Centre and a solar powered ICT Centre at Archbishop Taylor Primary School, Victoria Island. Oando Foundation partnered with the US Department of State Global Partnership Initiative to launch AfriCoderDojo, a new initiative to teach 21st century computer coding skills to over 50 pupils. The Foundation also partnered with Microsoft and the United States Consulate Information Resource Centre, to train teachers in the use of basic ICT and Internet research. In addition, the foundation has sponsored capacity building training for officials in Lagos State Ministry of Education and supported the Lagos State Merit Awards.

To date, the foundation has awarded merit-based scholarships to 119 pupils in Lagos State to support their secondary education. The foundation has also made donations of books and learning materials various schools in Lagos.

In 2014, Oando Foundation launched its Teacher Training Programme in conjunction with Pearson Nigeria and National Teachers Institute. Head teachers and teachers from Oando adopted schools were trained in literacy and numeracy skills and modern participatory teaching methods.

According to Tokunboh Durosaro, Director, Oando Foundation, “We are truly honoured to receive this award. At Oando Foundation, we recognize that investing in public primary schools has long term benefits and a multiplier effect. This is why we will continue to do our best to provide conducive learning environments and create access to quality education for children of school age in Lagos State and Nigeria at large.”

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 aims to support the Nigerian Government in achieving 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, international development partners, NGOs and civil society to fulfill its goals and objectives.

Oando Foundation has adopted 58 schools across 23 states, Adamawa, AkwaIbom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT Abuja, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, 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 1,500 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:
Tokunboh Durosaro
Director, Oando Foundation
2 Ajose Adeogun Street
Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria.
Email: tdurosaro@oandoplc.com
Tel: +234 (1) 2702400 Ext 6226

Date Published:March 16, 2015

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