Hon (Mrs) Stella Nwagu in group pix with members of ETSDI and guests during the handover ceremony.
A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Education Today for Sustainable Development Initiative (ETSDI) has donated educational and COVID-19 preventive materials worth millions of Naira to Ebonyi.
The group which made the donation on Monday in Abakaliki said that the gesture was geared towards boosting the state’s non formal education and adult literacy programme.
The SummitNews Correspondent reports that ETSDI is working in partnership with the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with support from the European Union and the United Nations.
Mrs Glory Brendan-Otuojor, Head of Programmes, ETSDI in a speech during the handover ceremony commended giant strides by the present administration in the fight to eradicate all forms of illiteracy in the state through its adult and non formal education programme .
She said that the initiative has received immense support from the state government since it started its engagement in promoting adult literacy programme in the state in 2019.
She said that the materials were part of ETSDI’s efforts to support Ebonyi in the war against iliteracy.
She said: “We are here today to handover materials we want to use to support the programme that you already have on ground.
“Today we are happy to present these materials to the state government and we believe that every material presented today will enhance the learning process.
Mrs Stella Nwagu, SA to Gov. Dave Umahi on Adult and Non-formal Education during the presentation of the materials by Mrs Glory Brendan-Otujor.
“We believe that the girl-child and indeed every woman deserves to be educationally empowered and that is why we have come up with this programme.
“Because we are in a period of COVID – 19 pandemic which has restricted most of our activities, we considered it appropriate to include protective materials to enable our adult learners protect themselves when they go out to learn.”
Mrs Stella Nwagu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Adult and Non-formal Education who received the materials on behalf of state government commended the Initiative for the donation and partnership with the state government.
She noted that the materials would facilitate the teaching and learning in the non formal education sector as well enhance the teaching of family life and health education component of the programme.
Nwagu while commending the group assured that the materials would be adquately utilized.
“We are happy that you are in our state to support our efforts by donating books and other materials to help our people; I welcome you to this formal handover and wish to assure that the wife our governor is happy that you people are in the state,” she said.
Messrs Patrick Obasi and Okorie Onyeka, State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in their goodwill messages commended the Initiative for the donation adding that education was essential and right of every citizen.
Some of the materials donated by Education Today for Sustainable Development Initiative
Summitnews reports that exercise books, instructional manuals, facemasks, hand sanitizers and non-disposable sanitatary pads, pens were among items donated.