Amby Uneze in Owerri
The Rochas Foundation, a Non-Governmental and Non Profit making organisation will be celebrating 20 years of sharing and inspiring love and compassion to the less privileged through its educational empowerment programmes.
A statement by the Director General of the humanitarian organisation, Mrs. Uloma Rochas Nwosu stated that the idea behind the celebration is for the foundation to take stock, reinvigorate and outline strategies for expansion and further growth.
According to her, â€œthe 20th Anniversary is already trending online with the hashtag #thisislove. The Rochas Foundation was founded February 24, 1998 (That makes it 20 years in 2018) by Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, a Nigerian entrepreneur and education philanthropist who is passionate about free education for every African child. We pride ourselves as leaders in advocating and promoting free education and life changing opportunities for the less privileged African child.
“In the last two decades, we have established 10 functional Rochas Foundation colleges (Ogboko, Enugu, Jos, Bauchi, Yola, Zaria, Kano, Sokoto, Owerri and Ibadan), with over 15,000 children receiving free and qualitative education presently and more than 4,000 graduates that make up the Rochas Foundation Old Students Association (ROFOSA). We thus find it expedient to celebrate this milestone in the life of this foundation, as it will afford us the unique opportunity of stocktaking, and reinvigorate for expansion and growthâ€, she stated.
The 20th Anniversary, which is a celebration of love, according to the DG, is expected to feature paper presentations by notable scholars of international repute on the achievability of free and qualitative education in Nigeria, a video documentary of the 20 years of educational empowerment and elimination of ignorance by the foundation, special presentation by the Old Students of the Colleges, love sharing, where the elites in the society are encouraged to take advantage of the platform to bring love offerings to be distributed to the less privileged present at the Heroes Square, Owerri, venue of the 20th Anniversary celebration, while top Nigeria musical sensation, Flavour will be on hand to spice up the event with some of his notable tunes.
Rochas Foundations Old Students Association (ROFOSA), recently blazed the trail by following the steps of their mentor at the South East and South West conferences in Owerri and Lagos, where the sum of N1m was given to two indigent old students separately to support their individual businesses.
According to the Director General of the foundation, â€œthe vision of advancing the fortunes of the average African child has led the foundation to extend its magnanimity to other African countries with the free education mandate, which is responsible for the Rochas Foundation College of Africa, having over 275 children drawn from 55 African countries, with each country accounting for a minimum of five students each. The foundation has also set for itself, the target of taking one million African children off the street by 2030″.
The Rochas Foundation has also been at the forefront of the campaign for free and qualitative education in Nigeria from primary school to university, which the founder, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is already practicing in Imo State, where he currently serves as the Governor.