•Igoba community has just one government teacher, two community teachers
By Loveth Ojogun
As part of their effort to encourage learning culture among youths, the National Association of Gbaramatu Students, NAGS, recently paid an official visit to selected schools in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
NAGS, while on its official visit, presented learning materials worth thousands of naira to pupils and students in primary and secondary schools in the kingdom.
The President of the students group, Comr. Freeborn Abraye, explained that the umbrella body of NAGS, took it upon itself to contribute learning materials as a way of encouraging the young students.
Some of the items contributed include but not limited to; textbooks, notebooks, and other writing accessories to pupils and students.
Also, some of the schools that benefitted from the students’ generosity include; Gbaraun Grammar School, Oporoza; Kokodiagbene Model Secondary School, Kokodiagbene; Darigha Primary School, Igoba; Ugborugbo Primary School, Opuede; and Okerenkoko Secondary School, Okerenkoko.
While making the presentation, Comr. Abraye lamented that teachers are not on ground to impart the needed knowledge to the pupils.
In his words, “It is very sad to know that there are not enough teachers on ground to impart knowledge on the pupils and students.”
Continuing, he pointed out that NAGS has therefore, come up with an initiative to dispatch some of its graduates within the association to come down to the communities lacking teachers to help impart knowledge.
He further explained that they choose to do so because of their conviction that these young ones are the future leaders of tomorrow who would take over from where the older ones stop.
He then used the opportunity to offer scholarship to two primary school pupils each from Darigha Primary School, Igoba and Ugborugbo Primary School, Opuede; for primary one to primary six levels.
The student body also promised to enroll four primary school pupils of Darigha Primary School, Igoba for the forthcoming Common Entrance examination.
The recipients of the scholarship scheme at Darigha Primary School, Igoba include; John Monica and Ebiara Denyefa while the four primary six pupils to be enrolled for common entrance are; Abraham Ebimiekumor, Oweiware Peter, Godwin Chioma, Akpos Benita to mention but a few.
Responding, Pastor Saint Ogo, Secretary of Igoba Community Education Board thanked the body of NAGS for putting smiles on the faces of the pupils.
He also lamented the non-availability of teachers while stressing that Igoba has just one government teacher and two community teachers who assist in teaching and are being paid the sum of twenty-five thousand naira each by the community on a monthly basis.
In the same vein, Miss Odiphri Edesiri, a government teacher at Darigha primary school, expressed her gratitude to NAGS for their immense contribution and support towards the growth of the pupils, stressing that the materials given to them would help the pupils in learning faster.
Finally, Mr. Olufaraju Joseph, the head teacher at Ugborugbo Primary School Opuede, commended the association formed by the students of Gbaramatu for helping their young ones, stressing that accommodation for volunteer teachers of NAGS is readily available.