Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Mrs Uzoamaka Okonkwo, President of Rotary Club of Awka Rotary International, District 9142, and her Board of Directors have donated instructional material worth over N500,000 to Central Primary School Nando Anambra-East local government area of Anambra state.
Okonkwo said the club decided to visit the school in line with rotary areas of focus on touching lives through Basic Education, Water and Sanitation, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Conflict Resolution.
She said that Rotary International earmarked month of September as month of Basic Education and Literacy which necessitated that the club move to donate learning materials to 320 pupils of the central primary school Nando.
Mr Tochi Amalu, immediate past President of the club said they had to keep to rotary guideline of serving humanity by following every month activity mapped out by rotary to serve the people optimally.
“October month was mapped out as the month for creating awareness and enlightenment on need of immunising the children against poliovirus,” he said.
Amalu said that rotary international was the only non governmental organistion in the world with over 1.2 million members in over 200 countries of the world that has well planned activities that govern its functions.
Mr Chibueze Adirka, a charter president of the club said the visit was to boost the confidence of the pupils as they come back to school and to bring to bear the importance of education to the children.
“Rotary wants to wipe out illiteracy on the face of the earth and are taking seriously its educational programme.
“Rotary wants children of school age to take education serious as the benefits outweighs the struggles’ involved in achieving success in academics, so we must support education for our children,” he said.
Adirka said that the visit witnessed moral and etiquette talk by a Rotarian Tochi, distribution of exercise books, school bags among other items.
Mr Chidi Obiudu, the incoming president of the club urged the public to emulate the foot print of rotary international in ensuring a safe and progressive society.
Obiudu said that education involves not only reading of books but all encompassing like teaching of children on how to develop healthy hygiene and other acceptable behavioral values.
“We have taught the pupils on how to care for their teeth and other parts of their body and more importantly on how to maintain healthy living by hand washing always,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the school the Head Mistress Mrs Uche Emeka commended the rotary international of Awka Smith town for their worthy donations and assured that all materials donated would be used for its purpose.
Emeka said that the school was overwhelmed in the gesture of kindness and promised that they would do their best in teaching the pupils basic values for safer society.