By Suzan Edeh
Oando Foundation, in partnership with USAID Education Crisis Response, ECR, has distributed education starter kits to 1,508 internally-displaced children in Bauchi and Adamawa states.
The Head of Oando Foundation, Adekanla Adegoke, who stated this during the presentation of an award by Bauchi State government to the foundation yesterday, said it will mainstream about 60,000 out-of-school children across the country into formal education.
He said USAID-ECR had partnered to mainstream internally displaced children from non-formal learning centres to adopted public primary schools in Bauchi and Adamawa states.
Adegoke said in 2016, the Foundation supported 500 IDPs and mainstreamed them into Oando-adopted schools.
His words: “In Adamawa and Bauchi, the Foundation has adopted 11 schools, constructed 21 units of classrooms, provided furniture, sanitation facilities, established three solar-powered, fully equipped ICT centres, trained over 100 teachers in subject knowledge competence and modern pedagogy.”
In his address at the occasion, Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, said he inherited a collapsed education system, when he assumed office in 2015 and vowed that his government will give priority to basic education.