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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Foundation hands over renovated block of classrooms..... calls for feedback mechanism on government policies


Saint Margaret's Girls Grammar School, Ilesa has been given a new lease of life after the Youth Advocacy for Social Change Foundation (YASCF) refurbished and handed over a 6-classroom (with 2 attached offices) block at the school. This is in a bid of the Foundation to appreciate the support given to her "1000-Change Agents" initiative by the school and to compliment the Osun State Government's effort at promoting qualitative education.


Giving a brief about the Foundation, one of the founders of YASCF who is also an old student of the school, underscored the value of education to Ijesa people and how this prompted some that came together under the umbrella of the foundation to come out with the motive of bringing a positive change to the society through their contribution to the education sector of the state. The ‘1000-Change Agents program’ was initiated by the Foundation to support 1000 indigent but brilliant students from SS1 class through university.





The renovated classrooms block by the NGO furnished by Osun SUBEB was formally handed over to the State of Osun government at a colourful ceremony which took place on Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 with a strong delegation of the State Universal Basic Education Board members in attendance.





In his speech the Guest of Honour, Hon. Israel Ajibola Famurewa (The Executive Chairman, Osun State Universal Basic Education board) represented by the board's Executive Secretary, Mr. Adeoye Bakare, appreciated the good gesture of the Foundation as he noted this as a beneficial result of good administration of surplus wealth. "This is the type of giveback we are expecting from the rich." He said.

   

The Osun SUBEB boss commended the  spirit behind the gesture stressing that it is complimentary to the present administrations  drive to give  education  the desired  attention and priority.

  

Commissioning the renovated classrooms on behalf of the executive chairman SUBEB, Mr Adeoye Bakare urged the Foundation not to relent in their day to day humanitarian gestures of putting smiles on the faces of indigent students.

     

In their goodwill  messages, three beneficiary students,  Temitayo Adeyemi, Fashugba Racheal and Ogunleye Pelumi  appreciated the Foundations' good gesture with a declaration that as future leaders ,they will be greatly  indebted to the genuineness of purpose and magnanimity of the  Foundation .


In her remarks, the Principal of the school, Mrs. Christiana Adebayo asked for more intervention from philanthropists and government as there are more buildings in school compound begging for renovations, particularly the buildings once used as dormitories that are in different levels of dilapidations.


She thanked the Foundation for all its humanitarian gestures over the years  at transforming education . 

    

She declared the need for other NGOs as well as corporate and non corporate organisations including individuals to emulate the gesture.

   

The occasion afforded members of the Ilesha based NGO to express their readiness and commitment at all times to give Education in the state of Osun the needed support aimed at realizing the laudable dreams of Oyetola administration in the education sector.



The Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees (BoT), emphasized on the method put in place by monitoring, guidance and counseling and pastoral care for all the beneficiaries to ensure they excelled academically. With the feedback mechanism the output in performance and behavior of the beneficiaries is fed back and correction/ monitoring applied to reduce fluctuations in the expected result. 


The NGO was particularly  emphatic on the school monitoring program of Oyetola administration which it noted with satisfaction stressing that it is  basically geared towards achieving  excellent academic standards in all public schools in the state.


"It is not enough to spend money but to monitor and to change when observation indicate that the expected result is not being delivered." He said as he berated how negligence and inability to work on feedback had discombobulated the educational advancement of the state in the past while appreciating the government of the day for taking proactive measures. 




Also at the occasion were  members of the board of Osun  SUBEB , Local Government Education Authority Chairmen for Ilesa East, Ilesa west and Atakumasa East respectively, Old Students Association of the school, Teachers and parents who all witnessed the commissioning and handing over of the renovated classrooms.

 

The Youth Advocacy for Change Foundation is a non-governmental and non-profitable Organization established in November 2013. The foundation was known then as 1000-Change Agent. 


The organization is based in Ilesa town, Osun State. The board of trustee of the foundation created it with the motive of bringing a positive change to the society through her contribution to the education sector of the state. 


The University program provides Academic grant to the tune of One Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira  (N1, 250,000.00) for each student over their five years stay in the university. The foundation today has 14 University graduates and 86 undergraduate students.The foundation has been conducting all her secondary school program in St Margaret's Girls Grammar School, Oke-Oye Ilesa Osun State, from 2013 to date.


Safiu Abdulganiyu (Osun SUBEB PRO) & Oladimeji Lasore reporting



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