Pupils of four public primary schools in Afao-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State had cause to smile at the as they received free exercise books from an interest group in the community.
The donation was carried out by Afao-Ekiti Youth Development Forum under its School Children Empowerment programme.
The benefiting schools were CAC Primary School; St. David’s Primary School; Muslim Primary School; and SUBEB Model Primary School.
The initiative was supported by a philanthropist and an indigene of the community, Mr. Kayode Akinyemi, who joined the youths to present the exercise books to the pupils.
The beneficiaries couldn’t hide their joy at the donation which they said would give them impetus to take their studies serious.
They also expressed gratitude to Akinyemi and Afao Youth Development Forum for the initiative.
A Primary Three pupil at CAC Primary School, Uworre Happiness, praised the sponsors. She said her ambition was to become a governor in the future.
Another pupil in the school, Egunjobi Susan, who also said her ambition was to become a governor, urged the sponsors to continue the gesture for more pupils to benefit.
One of the coordinators of Afao-Ekiti Youth Development Forum, Oni Oluwafemi, said the donation was valuable to the pupils.
Oluwafemi said: “This project is very essential since the pupils came from humble background because you cannot find the children of the rich in schools in places like this.
“It’s a privilege to be part of this project, you can see the excitement on the faces of the children in the schools were the donation was made.
“Some of them, at one time or the other, had been sent home because they lacked writing materials especially exercise books.
“We want to thank Mr. Akinyemi for identifying with the youths of this community and supporting this initiative with his personal money.
“He may not be the richest person to come out of Afao-Ekiti community but what he has done today will remain indelible in our minds and in the minds of this children.
“He has done so many things in this community we can point to. This is for the development of our community and indigenes and non-indigenes alike have benefited.”