A cross-section of beneficiaries of the Rotimi Paseda Educational Foundation

A non-governmental organisation, Rotimi Paseda Educational Foundation recently organised one-month free holiday coaching classes for over 10,000 indigent students across the three senatorial districts in Ogun State in an effort to enhance the knowledge of students in primary and secondary schools during the ongoing long vacation.

The free classes which held at 12 locations across the state, began on August 7 and ended on September 1. Beneficiaries were drawn from primary three to junior secondary and senior secondary schools.

In his remarks, the Coordinator, Mr. Ibikunle Ayodele, said education must be free at all levels in the state, adding that it is key to a nation’s rapid economic growth which implies that everybody must be learned.

“The free education as envisioned by the initiator of the programme is to bring succour and relief to parents who cannot afford to send their children and wards to attend holiday coaching classes, as a way of improving their learning skills. So, we are to touch the lives of students positively with sound educational system and also widen their scope of knowledge at all levels.

“Ours is to ensure the provision of a conducive learning environment while not losing sight of making available a free cost teaching and learning materials to both the employed teachers and students.”

The coordinator said the foundation has employed about 144 qualified graduate teachers to teach the students in all subjects depending on the classes, adding that students in the senior classes are being taught subjects like English Language, Mathematics, Economics, Commerce, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Government, Literature-in-English and Accounts to prepare them for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

A total of 10,000 big notes and other writing materials were also distributed to the students to take care of their needs.