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Rotary Club donates dictionaries to over 500 students

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The Rotary Club of Yenegoa, District 9141, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), on Thursday, donated dictionaries and other learning materials to over 500 Secondary School students in Bayelsa State as they received dictionaries to aid their learning.

The team made the donations at the Bayelsa State College of Education School and Government Primary School, Okaka. They sensitised the students on the importance of education and the need to shun cultism and other social vices.

Donating the items, Izu Avwerosuo, President of Rotary Club of Yenegoa, said that the club is committed to contributing meaningfully to the development of youths, especially in the area of education and moral upbringing, which is core in the advancement of Nigeria.

“The essence of this programme is to ensure that people get basic education and if they get s basic education, it will ripple down to the community,” he said.

According to Avwerosuo, we have given one dictionary to each student. we are sure it will get to their homes, then the benefits will impact the communities and invariable the state and nation at large.

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“With that, we will be able to reduce the rate of illiteracy in our communities.

“As Nigeria celebrates her 60th anniversary of Independence, it is imperative that we evaluate how we have fared and resolve to do a lot better in the area of education.

“The importance of good education cannot be overemphasized, hence the need to equip students and learners with the necessary items required to achieve this,’’ he said.

Also, Anthony llikagu, Chairman, Services Project, Community, Rotary Club of Yenegoa, said that good education was pivotal to the advancement of the nation.

“Improving the standards of education in our present-day country requires concerted efforts; every person needs to make it a personal project because our children need to get quality education needed for a brighter future.”

llikagu said that in this project, the club did not spend. According to him, it was financed by our friends all over the world. They contributed one dictionary, two dictionaries, five, six and we have 300 dictionaries that we shared to these schools.

“I urge that this kind of gesture continues as it will go a long way to touch the grey areas hitherto the government is not able to address.

“For a greater Nigeria, the quality of education has to be improved. We need to eradicate illiteracy. By so doing, we would have contributed toward achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as improving the poverty and development indices in the country,’’ he said.

The beneficiaries and Staff of the schools appreciated the Rotary Club of Yenegoa for assisting them with study materials, of which they noted, will not only aid their learning but boost students’ intellectual capacity.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Samuel Ayobatari and Kei Ruth thanked the club for the donation.
According to them, the students will make good use of the dictionaries and ensure that they improve on the studies.

Tariye Agnes, a staff of the school said: “Thank you for giving to our students; we promise vehemently that we will ensure that the students will use the dictionary judiciously,’’ she said.

Pedro Igbudu, also a staff of one of the schools, said: “We want to thank Rotary Club of yenegoa for the gesture. It is not easy for a club to come and help the school; we are grateful,’’ he said.