The Goddy Jidenma Foundation, a non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of education in Nigeria recently awarded prizes for excellence to the two students of Birch Freeman High School, Surulere Lagos, who made the best results in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The foundation was established in 2007 to promote the ideals and passions of Goddy Jidenma who died in 2006 in Lagos. It has instituted prizes of excellence and public speaking in several schools across the country such as Loyola Jesuit College Abuja, Nnamdi Azikiwe Secondary School, Abagana, Anambra State, Pacelli School for the Blind, Lagos and Birch Freeman School High School, Lagos. The award came with a monetary reward to motivate the students. It was first instituted in the school in November 2014 to further encourage the students to work hard and strive for excellence in their studies. Master Bakare Mubarak Oluwatosin who emerged the best student in the schoolâ€™s 2014 WASSCE won the inaugural award.
The recent prizes went to Master Okeowo Yusuf Abayomi and Master Adeniyi Ismail Olayekeen who were best students in the school in the 2015 and 2016 WASSCE respectively.
Addressing the students and teachers at the assembly ground, the Principal, Mrs. Oluwakemi Oke thanked the foundation for choosing and retaining the school as a beneficiary of such prize. She prayed that the foundation will continue to grow from strength to strength as it gears towards the achievement of its goals and objectives.
Oke encouraged the students to strive for excellence and greatness through hard work and determination and advised students to put more efforts in their studies so that they can perform better in the next WASSCE.
The parent of the winner of the 2016 prize, Mrs. Adeniyi also expressed thanked the foundation for establishing such a laudable programme.