For the terrible however brilliant students, there is still hope for tutorial success, CHARLES ABAH writes
Akan Archibong, Odefunsho Adedamola, Emmanuel Emejuru and 17 other scholars share one thing in standard – they're all indigent but good scholars. once more, they're all enjoying full scholarship in pursuit of their educational programmes, courtesy of Grace high school, Gbagada, Lagos.
beyond this, they have their completely different existence tales and narratives to tell.
For 20-12 months-outdated Archibong, who, today, is a Chemistry undergraduate on the college of Lagos, life has now not been filled with roses.
He says, “I got here to Lagos in 2005 as a house boy. the girl who brought me agreed to be paying me N400 each month whereas i might be washing plates and hawking pure water for her. after all, I had no choice however to comply with her terms as a result of there used to be no hope of survival. Then I had misplaced my mother and that i had no knowledge of my father.
“however after a yr, I asked her to be preserving the cash so that she could enrol me in a school. That was once how I in the end entered Eric Moore Junior highschool, Surulere.”
Pursuing his research then, he provides, was somewhat troublesome, as his life revolved mainly around hawking on the streets of Surulere and assisting within the dealer’s retailer.
the school agenda, he explains, was extra of an element-time.
He states, “It used to be tough for me selling from 6pm to 2am and going to high school tomorrow. There was no time to review. I frequently did my assignments on my method to the market. I slept late and woke up early. It was once, indeed, an extraordinarily troublesome duration in my lifestyles.
on the other hand, windfall, the Akwa Ibom State-born lad notes, altered this example.
He explains, “In JSS three, my primary, Mrs. Kayode Amund, selected me to write the Grace high school Indigent Scholarship Examination. Following the success I recorded in the examination, Grace high school awarded me full scholarship.
“in the new faculty, I was supplied the whole thing that I wanted–full boarding, tuition and clinical attention. the college even paid all my examination charges.”
besides, the younger lad, who still wants to review drugs, adds that the college remodeled his lifestyles. He explains, “I made 2A’s, 5B’s and 2C’s in my West African Senior Secondary certificate Examination. I also emerged the perfect scholar in Physics, Biology, and Agricultural Science.
“I additionally got perfect Prefect Award for exemplary habits and based on this, I got an A-stage scholarship provide at Cambridge school, Ikeja. i'm at current in UNILAG learning Chemistry Science with a GPA of 4.6. i am there on the sponsorship of Grace faculties.”
any other beneficiary, 21-12 months-old Adedamola, a-third-year Economics undergraduate at the Tai Solarin college of schooling, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, received the Grace colleges scholarship in 2005. Hitherto, she used to be a pupil of Ansar-ud-deen adaptation faculty, Isolo, Lagos.
She notes, “My oldsters may now not have enough money to coach me in an individual college. however when I took the Grace highschool Indigent Scholarship examination and passed, I was once instantly given admission and whole scholarship to the college.
“i need to add that the school changed into a turning level in my life. With the publicity and the alternatives that it offered, i started to peer the opposite faculty of lifestyles.”
Adedamola, who needs to run her own style home in future, in particular hails the administrator of Grace schools, Mrs. Tokunbo Edun, for the transformation in her life.
13-yr-old Emejuru from Ihiala, Anambra State, who also secured admission and scholarship to Grace high school remaining September, notes that there's a world of difference between his former school, Ewutuntun Junior Grammar faculty, Oshodi, and the present one.
“What else am i able to say when i'm on scholarship and receiving other corresponding advantages from the varsity?” the lad whose mom is a petty dealer asks.
For the administrator of the school, the want to assist the bad but good pupils induced this initiative.
in step with her, prior to now, the administration of the school used to be sponsoring, at least, two scholars once a year from throughout the institution.
Edun says, “It dawned on me that such scholarships could be higher appreciated with the aid of children from extremely negative backgrounds. So, 10 years ago, I decided to extend this to indigent college students who had accomplished JS3 in public schools in order that they are going to come over to us at Grace colleges from SS1-three.
besides, we're even sponsoring some of them in the universities.”
The administrator, who says the college has over 20 of such scholars, notes that her joy is to make certain affect on humanity.
She provides, “We hope to proceed this programme, God willing. i am extraordinarily satisfied that we have been in a position to grow to be lives and give hope to individuals and families. I pray and hope that folks that have benefitted from this scholarship will also help folks to escape poverty and deprivation once they set up at some point.”
Urging wealthy Nigerians and company firms to engage in such gestures, she provides, “I see many of these kids as tough diamonds waiting to shine. I want lets give extra kids the opportunity. It breaks my heart to look over 500 children who've been especially chosen through their faculties to take the examination, and knowing that at the finish of the selection process, we will best be taking two or three of them.”
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