By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” EDO State governmentâ€™s decision to make education free for primary school pupils and students in Junior Secondary School (JSS) in the state is paying off with a non-governmentalÂ organisation (NGO), Caritas Foundation based in Benin, complimenting the efforts of the government.
The NGO has taken the lead in assisting the govern-ment with the provision of writing and instructional materials to private and public schools in two local government areas of the state.
The donorÂ and President of theÂ Foundation, Aimikhe Regina, while making presentations of items in two schools in Egor and Ovia North-East local government areas, respectively, sued for partnership with the state government and other agencies in addressing the challenges in the educational sector, saying government alone could not do it.
The presentation, which took place at Eresonye Primary School, Oluku, near Benin, attracted community leaders from the area, including Chairman, Ovia North-East Council, Hon. Faustin Ovieroba and the head of service to the council.
The Council Chairman expressed gratitude for the humanitarian gesture of the donor adding that the gesture has challenged him to do more in transforming education in rural communities in the council.
â€œ You have challenged me by this gesture to come out and do more for my people, anytime from now if the school needs anything am going to approve it expressly, he assured.
In her own remarks, the donor and a former beauty queen stated that early education is very important in the development of a child, further stressed that her drive to embark on the project is to contribute her own quota to education through her foundation.
Said she â€œWe believe and hold education very strongly in Caritas, government alone cannot do it, so we look forward to partner with government and agencies in the development of education in the stateâ€.