JOA ACTIVITIES IN OYO STATE
US-Based NGO Donates 70,000 Books to Oyo State
The Oyo state Ministry of education today received a book donation from Jewels of Africa, a non-government and non-profit organization based in United States.
The organization which is based in California, but with an office in Ibadan keyed into the public-private partnership initiative of the Ajimobi-government to contribute its’ quota to educational development in the state.
To this end, the organization donated 70,000 books covering different subject areas such as Mathematics, English, English literature, Physics, Biology, Economics, Algebra, Chemistry etc.
According to Mr. Deji Haastrup who represented the organization, Jewels of Africa made the donation to 6 states which includes Oyo, Osun, Delta states.
Though a juvenile organization, Jewels of Africa saw Oyo state as being very important and as such included the state amongst the beneficiaries of its’ maiden shipment to Africa.
On the choice of the state, Mr. Haastrup said ‘’Oyo state has always been forward looking and has shown a lot of interest in education and having a large population, the government will have its hands full and as such needs collaboration with the private sector and non-governmental organizations since all hands ought to be on deck to ensure we give the government the needed support to build education which is the foundation of development in the society.
The books donated covers the core subject areas which are Mathematics and English. Jewel of Africa is a young foundation and Oyo state is top on our list”.
The Hon. Commissioner of Education, Professor Olowofela lauded the initiative of the Jewels of Africa and reiterated that people are alive to the policy of giving back to the system that produced them and this is shown by donation of blocks of classrooms to schools, renovation of schools and donation of books. He said that the donated books would be shared to schools in the state with 70% of them going to schools in the rural areas.