Without mincing words iconic Nelson Rolihlaha Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Which other better way is there to create unlimited happiness than education?
In line with the thoughts of Mandela, Bays Planet Foundation- an organization dedicated towards a world free of child abuse, rape, drug addiction and domestic violence cases through education has decided to share happiness among less privileged children at Gongola Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Jabi-Abuja by providing reading materials for children thus advocating literacy among the downtrodden.
Engineered by celebrated Global Volunteer turned CEO, Salaudeen Yetunde Baliqees who doubles as founder and Executive director, Bays planet Foundation believes every child should go to school including those displaced by war and violence.
A recent survey conducted by The United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) showed that with the figure at 13.2million Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world as of 2015; with 69 per cent of those children in the North and most of them dropping out of school to get married or to be an almajiri; to stem this menace the foundation believes championing literacy is the way to go.
Speaking at the meetup with the children, the programmes coordinator Precious Onyeka Adigwe noted that a book opens you up to the world. She said, “we came to make enquiries about your educational welfare and help increase your vocabulary through distribution of literacy materials.”
Emphasizing why it is germane they attend school, she said, “food will finish, but book will not finish,” assuring that the book is better than food. In addition, she pledged that in the future this IDP camp will have a school of its own.
Responding, Secretary of the IDP Camp Saidu Saleh Gulak Congratulated the children and the foundation for being part of history stating that it is a terrible thing to be uneducated. Before members of the foundation said their goodbyes, gifts prizes, books, stationery, snacks and drinks were distributed among the children who were delighted at the uncommon gesture.
It was a cute and inspiring moment to see the volunteers dishing out knowledge and tips to the children through poems, recitations and choruses. Indeed, happiness is free! And the fastest way to achieve success is to first help others succeed.