300 orphans from several orphanage homes in Nigeria have been awarded scholarship into basic schools in the country.
The Voice of Orphans Africa & Diaspora Initiative VOADI, a non-governmental organisation responsible for enrolling the orphans, says the move will strengthen United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17 through partnership with individuals and corporate organisations
Speaking on the provision of developmental opportunities for the orphans and the needy in Africa and Diaspora, VOADI President , Okokoro Folorunsho says the initiative has recorded beneficiaries under its Orphans and Vulnerable Children Basic Education Scholarship Scheme Project.
Okokoro stressed that the scheme is a way of supporting the Nigerian government in reducing the numbers of out of school children across the nation.
According to him, “it is time for Nigerians to rise to the challenge of this rising figure of Out of school children by supporting the government through initiatives like this”
“This programme was put together to call the attention of the members of the public to the plight of the orphans in the society, education is crucial for them, they are seen to belong to the vulnerable group of the society, if quality education is given to these set of people, nobody can manipulate their minds as to making them to be involved in any violent activities’.
“Universal Basic Education is free but there are charges for uniforms and others of sort to be taken care of hence the need to help them shoulder these expenses” Okokoro added.
The Co-founder of the Initiative, Ikponmwosa Success , said VOADI initially under the 2018/2019 scheme intended to give scholarship to 74 children to enable them enrol in basic schools.
Ikponmwosa hinted that FEDMAS Films, Kids actors club has taken responsibilities to train 30 orphans in their Film Academy as well as train 5 outstanding among them in public speaking and creative thinking.
The Managing Director of FEDMAS and a legal practitioner, Mrs Funmi Idiagboya , said her organisation is partnering with VOADI by developing the Leadership skills, Networking and Social Skills of the children.
According to Mrs Idiagboya , “Partnership with VOADI is to assist in their dreams of sending children in the orphanages to school ,so FEDMAS is picking 35 of them to help them get quality education and their welfare as well is on FEDMAS”
“What we expect from these children is to see them become useful to themselves and the society. We believe we have also reduce the number of children who are going to school in Nigeria, we believe we have reduced the numbers of nonentities “
“FEDMAS organisation is also giving them life anew and we believe we will find raw gold in them.”
VOADI comprises of young humanitarian and skilled professionals in Nigeria and few African countries, a leading advocate for orphan child’s education, health, well being and protection against child labour and trafficking.