By Sola Ogundipe
HER passion is taking care of the less privileged, particularly widows, orphans and indigent children free of charge. But Lady Chinyere Gbugu, Director Good Learning Kiddies School, Lagos and Learning Academy, Isiokweachi, Enugu State is really a woman of many parts.
A lawyer, teacher, grassroots motivator, nutritionist and philanthropist among others, she is moved by the level of poverty in society to the extent of doing something to make a positive impact.
â€œThat is why Iâ€™m vying for a seat in the House of Representatives in my State, Enugu. I was actually pressurised to do so, based on my contributions towards improvement of the welfare of the downtrodden to vie for the position and to represent my constituency comprising Aninri, Awgu and Orji River Local Government Areas.,â€ she stated to Good Health Weekly in a chat recently.
Although the 53-year-old lawyer who hails from Isiokwe Amankpunato Achi in Enugu State acquired her first degree in Home Economics from Bendel State University (BENSU), Ekpoma in Home Economics and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from the University of Lagos in 1997, her thirst for knowledge took her back to the University of Lagos in 1999 to study Law. She was called to the Bar in 2007.
Prior to this, she was the Food and Nutrition teacher in Queens College, Yaba, Lagos for several years before retiring from the teaching profession in 2005.
But before her retirement, Gbugu established the Good Learning Kiddies School. â€œThe school was established under Chinyere Gbugu Charity and Education Foundation – an NGO that trains children of widows, orphans and indigent children free of charge.Through the school, many women and students have been trained and sponsored to university level respectively. However, her belief is that more can be done and indeed should be done for the less privileged in the country.
â€œAs a pupil, I suffered the problem of inability to pay school fees during my school days cause I come from a humble family, so it is no surprise that I have the passion to help indigent children to go to school,â€ she noted.
The NGO she runs has a school and programme for women, youths and the children. This Foundation is dedicated to bringing up and training children who do not have access to good and quality education, and those who do not have people to send them to school in the rural areas.â€ It also runs the Good Learning Academy and the Widows Empowerment Programme. Under this programme, widows are empowered by training on skills acquisition, and are enabled to begin petty trading and the like.
â€œIn the Academy, children of the widows and the orphans go to school free of charge. The Foundation is committed to helping children realise their dreams and improve their quality of life.
She notes: â€œFor children living in poverty in parts of Nigeria, particularly in Orji River in Enugu State who are faced daily with challenge missed opportunities and broken dreams.
â€œObviously the division here between the rich and poor is education. Many children of the poor especially in the remote parts of the country have no choice regarding education There are no good schools .The Foundation believes children should not be neglected and deserve to be educated. Education is the best legacy that should be given to every child. Education gives children a chance to a better future.