In a heartwarming initiative aimed at uplifting education in Kwara State, Professor ABUBAKAR Olanrewaju Sulaiman, Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, took a remarkable step forward.
Between the 6th and 18th of September 2023, he spearheaded an educational intervention that brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of students across the state. The objective? To provide essential educational materials to those who needed them the most.
This pilot program, the first of its kind, saw the delivery of custom-made school bags, dozens of notebooks, and school uniforms in various sizes and colors. These materials were carefully chosen to address the immediate needs of students in Kwara State, where access to quality education can sometimes be challenging.
Rather than a centralized event, Prof ABUBAKAR’s team decided to personally visit 40 public secondary and primary schools across four local government areas in Kwara State. This approach ensured that the materials reached the intended beneficiaries directly. The visitation and presentation spanned four days and were met with enthusiasm and gratitude from both school staff and students.
On the 19th of September, the team kicked off their journey in Asa local government area, visiting 10 public secondary and primary schools. The journey continued on the 20th, covering Ilorin South local government area, and then on the 21st in Mogaji Are Junior Secondary School, Are ward 1, and concluded on the 22nd in Ilorin West local government area. The visitation ended at Baboko Community Secondary School, wrapping up an extraordinary journey across Kwara State.
The team was greeted with open arms in all 40 public schools they visited. School managements, staff, students, and local communities came out in full force to welcome Prof ABUBAKAR’s team. The Principal of Junior Secondary School Ballah praised him as a proud alumni of the school and a true advocate for education. The Principal of Barakah Senior Secondary School described him as a dedicated ambassador of the state who genuinely cares for the people.
The Headmaster of Isokun-Olopon Primary School highlighted the timeliness of the program, mentioning that some of the students had been attending school without proper uniforms. In many of the schools, students were encouraged to witness the presentation, emphasizing the significance of the educational materials being provided.
Students from each school received school uniforms, school bags, exercise books, and even had their Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) levy paid for them. Prof ABUBAKAR’s message was clear and straightforward: these educational materials were a humble contribution to support students, parents, and educational development in the state.
As a professor and an academic person, Professor ABUBAKAR made sure that the team chose the best students in the schools on meritocracy.
In this act of kindness and generosity, Prof ABUBAKAR Olanrewaju Sulaiman has demonstrated his commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of students in Kwara State. This pilot program, the first of its kind, will be extended to other local governments in the state and subsequently expanded to accommodate other educational activities. His Educational Outreach has not only provided essential tools for learning but also inspired hope and appreciation among the local communities. It is initiatives like these that sow the seeds of a brighter future for the next generation of leaders in Kwara State.
Tosho Balogun is a Political Scientist,
A seasoned educationist and the Coordinator of Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman Educational Outreach Program.