Four select public primary schools in Akwa Ibom State have received educational materials worth thousands of naira from the Nigerian Army, 2 Brigade, Uyo.
The educational materials donated to Nsit District School, Edem Nsit; QIC Town School, Oboetim Ikot Ekong in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, Government Primary School, Ikot Isong in Etinan Local Government Area and Lutheran Primary School, Nung Oku in Onna Local Government Area is part of the army’s corporate social responsibility.
The commander, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Abdu Hassan, said yesterday in Onna after the donation that the educational materials was given to encourage the pupils to study hard and become better citizens of the country.
Noting that the army chose the schools on the basis that children of low income earners were the ones attending public primary schools in the country and required attention, Hassan said their visit to the primary schools was also intended to end the myth held by the public that the Nigerian Army is unfriendly.
He said, “We decided to choose government schools for the reasons that, they are not always catered for; when you look at public schools the children attending are from the down trodden in the society.
“Most of those that have money send their children to private schools where some of these things are provided.
“It is necessary for us to come down to the children in the village, for them to see us, so that the myth about us will be broken. This will also make them know that the best way in life is through education.
“We feel the children should be encouraged to learn, so that they will become better citizens of this wonderful nation.
“In the public schools, you hardly see common things like duster for teachers to use or even chalks. So, we feel that we should choose these categories, so that we can impact on the pupils and the immediate communities as part of our corporate social responsibility”.
Speaking, the Head Teacher of Lutheran Primary School, Nung Oku in Onna, Mr Alex Idem, commended the army for the kind gesture, noting that the educational materials would motivate the pupils to learn and reduce the stress faced by their parents.
He said the army has inspired the pupils with their visit, adding that the children would emulate them to serve the nation in the future.
“We are very grateful to the Nigerian Army for the visit of these schools today. You have promised us in May this year that you will bring something to us.
“These educational materials will help the children to learn and will increase children enrolment in schools as the Federal Government home feeding programme,” he said.