The 1 GAME campaign on Monday donated close to one thousand exercise books as well as soccer balls and writing materials to three primary schools in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The beneficiaries are Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Primary School, Akim, Government Primary School, Ekorinim and Government Primary School, State Housing Estate.
Founder of 1 GAME, Philip Obaji told journalists who were present at the occasion, that the donation which formed part of the 1 GAME: Goal against Violence programme was aimed at encouraging vulnerable children to enrol and stay at school as well promote football and fair play in primary schools.
He said, “It is important to encourage our children particularly those who come from very poor backgrounds. Our action today is aimed at encouraging vulnerable children to enrol, learn and remain in school as we have discovered that a child who completes basic education is three times less likely to be involved in violence.
“We are not just bothered about how our children would fare academically, but also concerned about their physical wellbeing and the need to have them involved in recreational activities, that is why we decided to donate soccer balls as well to these schools.”
Virtually all the beneficiaries were of the opinion that the support from the non-profit organization was worth emulating.
The Head Master Government Primary School, State Housing Estate, Deacon William Anam said the donation will go a long way as, “We will continue to teach football and deliver quality education,” he pointed.
Obaji said the 1 GAME campaign is working on visible financial commitments to promote school football and bring quality education to remote areas in Nigeria.
Comparatively, the Head Mistress of Government Primary School, Ekorinim, Mrs. Aruk Bassey Nkeruwem said receiving cartons of exercise books, writing materials and soccer ball from 1 GAME has shown that some organizations still see education and sports as their priority.
“Donating books, writing materials and soccer balls to us is a wonderful initiative. This has shown that more organizations like 1 GAME now take educational and sporting issues as one of their priority,” she said.
Also, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Primary School whose donation was received by Mrs. Alice Essien applauded the efforts of the organization in supporting the efforts of the school in promoting football and delivering quality education.
– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk
Leave your comment here
You are ahead…@newsbytesnow