Communities and private sector participation is essential at addressing educational challenges as government alone cannot shoulder the responsibilities of providing sustainable and equitable access to quality education.
The chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Olatunde Okewole, stated this at the donation of instructional materials to 10 selected public primary schools across the State by Courtville Business Solutions, Lagos, held at the Board’s Conference Hall, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Represented by the Secretary of the Board, Mr. Olalekan Kuye, the Chairman noted that government had been encouraging public participation in the sector to achieve its objectives, adding that, it was a global trend that has continued to yield positive results at all levels of education.
He said that the philanthropic gesture was commendable as it would further assist government in its efforts at reducing illiteracy, promote reading culture, as well as support teaching and learning in the schools.
The SUBEB boss enjoined other corporate organisations, multi-nationals and private individuals, to take a cue and emulate the laudable collaboration to further improve education, urging the teachers to inculcate reading culture in their pupils.
Commenting, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mrs. Olusola Apampa, called for more support from organisations and individuals to assist government by donating both infrastructural and instructional materials to schools.
The Director, Donor Relations Officer, Office of the Head of Service, Mr. Taiwo Opaleye said education requires the efforts of all and sundry, encouraging citizens to give back to their Alma Mata in order to restore the lost glory of the schools.
Making the donation, the Head, Risk Management, Courtville Business Solutions, Lagos, Mr. Olayiwola Adedayo, noted that the company’s decision to partner with SUBEB was in recognition that basic education was the foundation in the system, observing that the State was unique due to the establishment of Donor Relations Office, which he said, was a novel initiative.