Adopt school adoption policy, Ogun tells private sector
Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu has called on the private sector to embrace the government policy of school adoption as part of efforts to to develop the education sector in the state.
Arigbabu said this during the launch of summer training courses at Simawa High School in the Sagamu local government area of the state, by a diaspora group, the Beyond Remittance Group (BRG).
According to Arigbabu, the BRG diaspora is one of the few legal entities to have adopted the government’s Adopt-a-School policy, which he says invites the private sector to support the rehabilitation of primary and secondary schools in the state.
“This administration’s Adopt-a-school program is a program through which individuals, corporations and philanthropists can truly partner with the Ogun State government in the development of the education sector.
“Indeed, we have had situations where individuals have intervened in the development of schools in Ogun State.
“At Omoedunmare Primary School in Ago-Iwoye, a single individual, through his foundation, transformed all school structures and provided facilities including furniture. I think the BRG is working in that direction to see how they can help transform Simawa High School into a school that we will all be very proud of,” the commissioner said.
Arigbabu reiterated the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s commitment to transforming the education sector in the state through its Ogun State Education Revitalization Program (OGSERA) policy .
He urged students to return the BRG investment by demonstrating a commitment to learning.
The “Immersive Reading and Writing Program,” organized by BRG in collaboration with the state government, focuses on preparing junior high school (JSS) students for the upper class in the upcoming academic session .
BRG National Director, Mr. Adekunle Adeyemo, said the group chose to adopt Simawa High School as the pilot project for its proposed educational intervention initiative after a two-year research.
In her words, BRG Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Bukola Shonuga said, “We are delighted to witness this day and launch our education intervention initiative, Public-Private Partnership for Equity. in education (PPP4EE).
“We view this historic event as a gateway into our organization’s vision to help improve the quality of education and create equity in the public primary and secondary school system in Nigeria, in collaboration with state governments, educators, students, parents and other stakeholders.”
In his remarks, the Fadesewa of Simawa, Oba Gbenga Sonuga commended the diaspora group for their investment in the education of the students, noting that the gesture would go a long way in transforming education standards in the community.