In a world where education is the key to unlocking a brighter future, Kiitan Foundation is making a significant impact by ensuring that young minds have the tools they need to succeed. On September 28th, 2023, a heartwarming event unfolded at Young Tajudeen School in Ara, as the foundation launched its ‘Back-to-School Initiative.’ This initiative aimed to support public school pupils with essential learning materials, and shape the future of these students and their community. A visit to the office of the executive secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) was made, and our organization’s proposal to support public school pupils was warmly welcomed, establishing a collaborative effort between the foundation and the state. Together, we laid the foundation for an effective project implementation that would impact the lives of many. We also embarked on an advocacy visit to the Alara of Ara community, Oba (Dr.) Oyelade Winjobi with a set goal of informing the king about the project and its potential benefits to the community. The king, impressed by the initiative, pledged unwavering support and even requested the foundation’s involvement in medical outreaches, showcasing the profound impact of community collaboration.

Kiitan Foundation launched its ‘Back-to-School Initiative,’ targeting 44 pre-selected pupils from three schools in Egbedore Local Government Area (Osun state); Young Tajudeen School, Ara; Baptist Day School, Ara; and Community School, Abogunde. On September 28th, 2023, at Young Tajudeen School in Ara. The outreach event commenced at 10:30 AM, attended by SUBEB Social Mobilization officers, head teachers from the three schools, teachers, parents, and the 44 selected pupils. The State Program Manager delivered a welcome address as usual, introducing the organization’s mission and objectives. Hon. Mudashiru Oladele, Egbedore Local Government Social Mobilization Officer for SUBEB, delivered a heartfelt message, urging the pupils to seize this rare opportunity for their education. Mrs. Dunsin Oyebamiji, the State Social Mobilization Officer, announced the executive secretary’s gratitude for the foundation’s collaborative efforts. She emphasized the importance of creating a conducive learning environment, reminding teachers not to resort to corporal punishment as a mode of discipline. Parents were urged to actively participate in their children’s education, recognizing that children are our future.

The highlight of the day was the distribution of ‘Back-to-School Packages’ to each of the 44 pupils, which included a drawstring school bag, 10 exercise books, 5 pencils, and 4 pens. Parents and pupils alike expressed their heartfelt appreciation for this act of kindness, recognizing the potential for enhanced teaching and learning experience. Kiitan Foundation’s ‘Back-to-School Initiative’ exemplifies the power of collaboration and community support. By equipping these young minds with the tools they need to learn and develop, the foundation is sowing the seeds of a brighter future for the pupils and the community at large. It serves as a reminder that education is a collective responsibility, and together, we can shape a better world, one child at a time. Photos below:

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