The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has donated school materials to over 3,000 pupils drawn from five primary schools in Enugu State.
The donation, which included books, was made through the Minister’s Foundation, the Kwusike Foundation on Friday.
The Director of the Foundation, Mr. Flavour Eze, said that the gesture was part of the ongoing move to encourage residents of the state to pursue quality education.
Mr. Eze said that the action was part of programmes lined up by the foundation to empower the people and ensure that Onyeama gave back to society.
He said that the foundation had earlier organised a workshop where about 60 public school teachers were mentored on the modern ways of transferring knowledge to students.
“The Minister is passionate about touching the lives of not just residents of the state, but also every other Nigerians; what we are doing is Pan-Nigerian,” he said.
He said that one of the major projects the foundation would be implementing soon include a human capacity building training for no fewer than 300 persons.
He said that beneficiaries of the empowerment programme would have the opportunity to train in cosmetology, baking, sewing, hair dressing, welding and others, within the financial limits of the foundation.
“We are also implementing a project called, Micro Garden in Agriculture for Youths. This programme will seek to build the capacity of our young people in agribusiness in line with the reforms in the agricultural sector.
“We shall continue to support our school children and students and will soon roll out our bursary programmes,” Eze said.
Responding, the Head Teacher, WTC Primary School, New Layout, Enugu, Mrs. Felicia Aliozor, thanked the minister for the intervention.
Aliozor said that the gesture would alleviate the burden many families face in providing educational materials to their wards.
“It is unbelievable that this type of thing can happen at a time we are not having election. The last time our pupils received this type of assistance was during the last election,” she said.