Attesting to the fact, that the most important skill any child can possess is basic literacy and numeracy skills, The Onigbongbo House of Citizens (HOC) and Onigbongbo LCDA in partnership with the Orderly Society Trust, OST is sponsoring 19 children from the Monkey Village community to commence their primary education in Opebi primary school in September 2013.
According to the Secretary of HOC, Mrs. Comfort Ogunye, the team first met the children of Monkey Village and their parents during an advocacy campaign to the community to raise awareness about the Lagos state Yellow Card Campaign, which advocates for compulsory attendance of primary school for all children above the age of six as stipulated in the Lagos State Child Right Law 2007.
To aid the enrollment of the children in public schools, OST working with community representatives and local government officials completed a nine months literacy intervention programme which equipped the children with reading, writing and orals skills, which are prerequisites for success in their further studies. According to Mrs. Foluso Idumu, the Programme Coordinator, OST, working with children has equipped them with literacy and live skills that will ensure their successful integration into their new academic environment.
On completion of the nine months intervention programme, the Chairman of the Local Government, Mr. Bukola Oke took up the task of ensuring the successful enrolment of the children into the nearest public primary school in the area, Opebi primary school. A true proponent of delivering pro-poor services, the chairman ensured the 19 children were duly registered and has committed the financial support of the council in providing free school uniform and other essential school materials to the 19 registered children. He says his administration is committed to ensuring every child in the council has access to the free education of the state and is not left behind for lack of financial support for the other expenses not covered by the state.