BrandArena: Airtel: Providing All-Inclusive Education Through Adopt-A-School Initiative

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Airtel: Providing All-Inclusive Education Through Adopt-A-School Initiative

Many children fall through the cracks in Nigeria’s education system due to poverty, racial discrimination or disabilities. The support for inclusive education has been a really big intervention over many years. And the gap to be fixed will require the collaboration of all stakeholders.

Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris; Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya and Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, during the commissioning of Airtel Adopted school, Yahaya Hamza Primary School, Zaria, Kaduna, last week.
Knowing that education is not a privilege but a right, real value of education comes when it is offered to those who cannot afford it.

Driven by the desire to see a reduction in the numbers of out of school children, the telecommunication giant has taken on the mantle to adopt six schools across the federation under the aegis of its’ CSR initiative Airtel Adopt–A–School. The most recently adopted school being the Yahaya Hamza LEA Primary School in Zaria, Kaduna State.

According to the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, “Over the years, Airtel has brought notable transformation to these schools by providing ultra-modern blocks of classrooms, borehole for portable water, classroom furniture and also donating items such as uniforms, bags and educational materials like books, textbooks and pens on a yearly basis. It is a complete package. Not a one- year wonder but a continuing partnership.

“We believe good education is a human right. It is a ticket to prosperity. It creates a level field for everyone to succeed. In recognition of the role education plays in the development of a community, Airtel Nigeria has decided, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility vision, to adopt Yahaya Hamza Primary School in Zaria.

Ogunsanya noted that good education is a human right, describing it as a ticket to prosperity since it creates a level field for everyone to succeed.

He further noted that Airtel’s adoption of schools is not a one-year wonder but a continuing partnership.

The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, who led the commissioning, commended Airtel Nigeria for its role in the development of primary education across the country.
Speaking at the commissioning of the newly rehabilitated Yahaya Hamza Primary School in Kaduna, the governor thanked Airtel for adopting a school in the State and for its support to primary education in Nigeria.

According to him, “with Airtel’s intervention, the new Yahaya Hamza Primary School has been transformed - complete with 6 blocks, 12 classrooms, desk and chairs, teachers’ offices, white boards, borehole facilities and toilets for male and female students as well as teachers. Students, today, also got complete set of uniforms, bags and books.

“I urge other stakeholders in Corporate Nigeria to emulate Airtel by partnering with the Kaduna State government in supporting educational initiatives.”

The governor also expressed delight at Airtel’s choice of Yahaya Hamza primary school, noting that it signifies the preservation of the legacies of a great man, a teacher, a role model, a leader and an inspiration, Yahaya Hamza.

He also said that Airtel’s intervention is a gift that aligns with Kaduna State’s goal of developing primary, secondary and tertiary education.

“The Kaduna State Government thanks Airtel for offering its widow mite and contributions in our quest to revamp education in the State,” he said.

Before Yahaya Hamza Primary School adoption, Airtel has adopted five primary schools spread across Nigeria, namely Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle, Lagos; St. John’s Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun; Community Primary School, Amumara, Imo; Iyeru Okin Primary School, Ilara-Mokin, Kwara and Presbyterian Primary School, Ediba, Cross River State.

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