The Special Foundation (TSF) has announced its commitment to chart innovative and sustainable approaches to uplift the educational standards for underprivileged children living in low-income communities.
The foundation disclosed this at its 2023 transforming education summit with the theme: “Enhancing Access and Quality Education in Africa,” held recently at the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Addressing the audience, Seyi Akinwale, founder of The Special Foundation, conveyed the foundation’s core mission.
“Founded several years ago, The Special Foundation’s mission is to transform Africa’s future leaders by tackling the educational crisis in our society through increased access to education.
What’s truly rewarding is our journey from a single child nine years ago to now impacting over fifteen thousand children and continuing to educate more than four hundred children. This success is a testament to the collaborative spirit of the institutions and individuals here today
At the heart of the Transforming Education Summit, the event illuminated and celebrated remarkable milestones achieved along its journey.” Akinwale further said; “Moreover, it served as an opportunity to recognize the dedicated efforts of partners locally and in the diaspora, and extend heartfelt gratitude to individuals and corporations instrumental in driving positive change within society.
This landmark occasion is poised to redefine the trajectory of education and leadership, as we build a formidable platform that can confront societal challenges, proper solitaires and uphold the aspirations enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Abubakar Suleiman, chief executive officer at Sterling Bank speaking at the event articulated the role of the private sector, emphasising its responsibility to improve the lives of underprivileged children.
“In societies where children reside in impoverished conditions, we, the privileged elite, are responsible for eradicating their suffering. It is not an act of benevolence but a solemn obligation,” he said.
Suleiman in addition said; “A significant issue within the corporate sector is the pursuit of success at the expense of society. Some corporate actions inadvertently contribute to the creation of impoverished communities.
Then, after achieving success, they attempt to ameliorate the problems they have indirectly caused. This approach raises concerns, and I believe that corporations must build their enterprises responsibly, avoiding the creation of slums and societal impoverishment.”
Oluwatomi Somefun, chief executive officer of Unity Bank emphasised the power of collaboration for the greater good.
“Individual efforts can be limiting, as we often find ourselves overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges. Collaborations offer the advantage of diffusing emotional burdens, leading to more informed and intelligent decision-making. Together, we can achieve much more,” she said.
The summit gathered visionaries, partners, corporate leaders, and esteemed diplomatic representatives, converging to effect meaningful change in the realm of education.
The event transcended the realm of the ordinary, evolving into a dynamic and empowering congregation characterized by thought-provoking dialogues, impactful collaborations, and impassioned advocacy.
Notable highlights of the summit encompassed insightful discussions led by distinguished dignitaries in attendance, include Gbenga Oyebode, board chairman at African Philanthropy Forum; Asue Ighodalo, founding partner at Banwo & Ighodalo; Adeyemi Ademola, MD of First E&P; Chukwuma Nwanze, MD Credit Direct, amongst others.
The Special Foundation, is a privately funded non-governmental organisation that proudly serves as a symbol of commitment to nurturing Africa’s future leaders and catalysing transformative change through education.
TSF legacy touches the lives of over 15,000 children, each benefiting from the foundation’s comprehensive intervention initiatives and programs. These programmes include inspire scholarships, special summer school, mentorship, and the revitalisation of dilapidated school infrastructure through the School Build.