Economic Downturn Affecting Children Access To Education, Says, Donor

A representative of the Felistas Foundation, Mr. Ikem Okuhu, has said the continued economic downturn in the country has been having adverse impacts on the ability of parents to sponsor the education of their children.

Okuhu said this during the handing over ceremony of 8,000 exercise books which were donated to 1,577 primary school pupils in the seven primary schools in Nkpunano, Nsukka, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

He explained that the donation was designed to provide relief for the poor families who struggled to provide basic stationery for their children and wards in the public schools in the area.

He added that the donation was the third since the family launched a foundation known as Felistas Foundation three years ago in memory of their mother, Mrs. Felistas Ugwu.

“It brings the total of exercise books donations to schools in the area to 18,000 and is aimed at providing at least five exercise books to each of the pupils in the benefiting schools.

“The challenges faced by parents in the education of their children has continued to bother my family and the continued economic downturn in the country has been having adverse impacts on the ability of parents to provide for the education of children,” he said.

Also speaking during the event, Local Government Education Secretary, Mrs. Jane Asadu, commended the family for the initiative and urged other people to join hands with the state government in the drive to improve the public schools in the state.

The community leader and Chairman of Nguru Nsukka Development Union, Chief Ignatius Ugwu, extolled the virtues of the late matriarch of the Okuhu family for the exemplary life she lived.

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