Painfully, one in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria. According to UNICEF, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school. Only 61 percent of 6-11 year-olds regularly attend primary school and only 35.6 percent of children aged 36-59 months receive early childhood education. Also the Country’s adult literacy rate was at level of 62 % in 2018, up from 51.1 % in 2008.
The Dr. Bayonle Ademola Foundation aka DAB Foundation, founded by a Medical Doctor based in the US and a Native of Gbongan, Osun State, has rose to the occasion to arrest the growing rate of Illiteracy in Osun State. In a very rare feat, the DAB Foundation has offered free Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) registration to 600 Secondary School Students in all the Local Government Areas in Osun State, Nigeria.
At one of its JAMB registration centres, speaking on behalf of his Principal, Dr. Ademola Bayonle, Mr. Ojo Olukunle Phillip said; “You will all agree that something needs to be urgently done to arrest the growing rate out-of-school children and the high rise in illiteracy in our dear State. With this, generous donation a heavy financial load has been taken off the students and their parents.”
He further explained that: “DAB Foundation is very much committed to ameliorating the living conditions of Citizens. This is our core values, serving humanity is our focal point. This, we shall keep doing.”
One of the recipients of the free JAMB registration, Miss Ahmed Kehinde from Gbongan, Ayedaade Local Government, said: “We cannot but be thankful to God for using Dr. Ademola of the DAB Foundation for giving is this JAMB forms for free. For me, my parents may not have been financially buoyant to afford this form for me, we all know the financial situation in the Country.”
Mr. Adeseun Joseph from Ipetumodu Local Government, another recipient said,”We need more people like Dr. Ademola Bayonle to come to help people like us. I just want to say thank you and my heart is full of prayers for the DAB Foundation.”
A parent, Mr. Fatai who was visibly happy and grateful for this unprecedented gesture from the DAB Foundation was of the opinion that political leadership should be yielded to public spirited individuals like Dr. Ademola Bayonle. In his words: “The man has really tried, we need people like him in position of government. The common man will not suffer and we will all progress as a people.”
Indeed, Education is the bedrock of any serious Country that is poised for development and greatness.