The outreach took place on Wednesday 26th of June, 2019. The program which commenced by 7:40am was held on the school’s general assembly ground. The opening remark and then the introduction of the Initiative were delivered by the YSI Director of Outreach, Olaoluwa Stephen and YSI volunteer, John Ufang, respectively. One of the features of the outreach program was a sensitization talk on “Goal Setting”. The talk was led by the YSI Director of Projects, Emmanuel Tobiloba. He talked enlightened the students on setting goals using the SMART model and shared practicable approaches for achieving set goals. He also talked about the importance of mentoring and scaling up to the technological trend in education. The talk was concluded with a question and answer session. The students were deeply impacted as they could not hide their enthusiasm and zeal during the interactive session.
Following the talk, the two selected students who will be benefiting from our scholarship provision were celebrated as a form of motivation to others to strive for academic excellence regardless of their financial backgrounds. The students, Oshineye Oluwatosin and Opeyemi Yakub are indigents with quite outstanding academic records.
Tosin (female) lost her mother three years ago and her father’s whereabouts are unknown to her. Before the loss of her mother, Tosin moved in with her aunt (who has three children of her own) due to her mother’s inability to cater for her and her three younger siblings. Tosin’s aunt hawks Zobo drink for a living where she makes a profit of 150 Naira when sales are very good; she also works as an auxiliary nurse at a private hospital where she earns less than 6,000 naira per month. To help sustain herself and augment what her aunt earns, Tosin peels cassava at mills at 5 Naira per tuber to earn money for her tuition and upkeep. She aspires to be a legal practitioner; but during our interview with her, she acknowledged that the dream may never be realized as she may have to stop school and learn a vocation after her secondary school education due to lack of financial strength to proceed to the university.
Opeyemi is the first of two children raised by a single mother. His father, although alive, has never been a part of his life even before his mother separated from him. Opeyemi’s mother works as a nursery school teacher and earns 6,500 naira monthly. To help support the family, Opeyemi hawks sachet water after school in busy areas within Ilorin. He makes a maximum profit of 500 naira at optimal sales and an average of 250 on other days. Because he has to stay late into the night to sell, he seldom has 2 hours to read daily. Despite these constraints, Opeyemi maintains his position as top 3% in the class. Opeyemi dreams of becoming a lecturer; this desire is born out of the passion to share his knowledge with others.
With the help of sponsors, YSI will be paying the tuition fees as well as the WAEC registration fees of both students. We are dedicated to ensuring that these great potentials are neither threatened nor wasted due to poverty. We will also assign tutors and mentors to these students to ensure that they remain at their bests.
After the scholarship award announcements, the Director of Outreach gave a vote of thanks to the school management for the opportunity given to bring the impact train to the school and also commended their efforts in the selection of the beneficiaries. The Vice Principal in charge of special duties, Mrs. Odetundun expressed her appreciation to the organization and prayed for continuous prosperity.
At YSI, we are committed to making building a community of young minds with access to quality education irrespective of their financial backgrounds. Would you like to help us keep one more child in school? Contact us!