Mr. Chef Partners School to Promote Inclusive Quality Education


Raheem Akingbolu

Bayswater Industries Ltd, producers of the fast selling Mr. Chef seasoning cubes and powdered seasoning, have deepened partnership with Bridge International Academy (BIA), to provide quality education for the less privileged in the country.

BIA is the world’s largest education innovation organisation using data-driven and technology-enabled platforms to serve over 700 million families whose median income is less than N30,000 per month in countries around the world.
At the just-ended 2015/2016 academic session, Mr. Chef awarded 54 scholarships to pupils who demonstrated exemplary academic performance in existing BIA public primary schools in Igbogbo-Ikorodu, Badagry, Igando, Ajangbadi and Ijegun, all in Lagos State. Nine pupils in each of the six schools received the awards.

The partnership, which will extend into 2017, will see an increase in the number of scholarships to 60 by July 2017 when the number of BIA schools is expected to increase to 20. It will also avail about 12,000 parents of pupils in the schools free samples of Bayswater products including the master brand, Mr. Chef and the latest product, Choco Love cocoa beverage drink, which was formulated to promote the sharing of family love.

Managing Director of Bayswater Industries Ltd, MrPiyush Nair, who made these disclosures in his keynote address at the Prize-Giving Ceremony of BIA, Igbogbo-Ikorodu said his company supports primary education because it is the most critical foundation for moulding young people who would emerge as leaders in the next two decades.

“Success in the quest for excellence is not determined by age but by an ability to quickly key into visions of future greatness, especially from foundational levels,” Nair said, adding, “The success of BIA has shown that, educational excellence is easily achievable through a collective and committed involvement of parents, teachers and learners as well as donors.”

Nair said: “Mr. Chef has invested significant amount of money in our partnership with BIA as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in the field of education. Apart from scholarships, we have also donated playground equipment to 20 BIA schools as part of our objective of encouraging the physical and mental development of children.”

He announced that Mr. Chef would present branded lunch boxes and sets of cutlery to pupils of BIA in September at the resumption of the 2016/2017 academic session in order to improve the quality of hygiene in the schools.

In her response, the Expansion Director of Bridge International Academies, Ms. OluBabalola, thanked Bayswater Industries Ltd for its support of BIA to continually provide quality, inclusive education for children of the less privileged in society.

A parent, MrsToyinOguntuyo, whose son, Caleb, a Primary 3 pupil won a scholarship, thanked Mr Chef for the kind gesture, saying:

“I am very happy with Mr Chef for offering scholarship to my son. The Almighty God will continue to prosper their business. Given the prevailing economic situation in the country, the scholarship will help me and my family to cushion the effect of the harsh economy. It will also encourage my son to work harder in his academics.”

Mr Charles Urobuchi, whose son, Uche, also won a scholarship, said: “This scholarship will encourage our young ones to excel more in their performances at school. God bless Mr Chef.”

For more than 40 years, Bayswater Industries Ltd and its master brand, Mr. Chef, have been in the forefront of promoting excellent customer/brand relationship in spite of the harsh economic realities of the time. In September 2015, the company commissioned its world-class factory in Ota, Ogun State and received the ISO9001/2008 certification that affirmed the company’s compliance with global best operating standard.