The Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International on Sunday inaugurated its 100 per cent free school in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.
The free school project in Ibeju-Lekki, which is built under the auspices of the Inner City Mission for Children is the fourth in Lagos State and 10th in Nigeria.
Chief Sponsor of the project , Pastor Dr. Deola Phillips, said that the 100 per cent free school project was to ensure that the indigent children had access to proper education.
Pastor Phillips, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Love World Incorporated said that education remained a core focus area for the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International.
She said that in Nigeria, the estimated number of out-of-school children remained unacceptably high, as reports had it that poverty was a major reason why millions of them had never seen the four walls of a school or had dropped out of school.
According to her, the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International is at the forefront of protecting the right of every indigent child to education, as it is strongly believe that education can be the catalyst that breaks the cycle of poverty.
”By giving indigent children access to education and helping them learn relevant life skills, we are molding them to become profitable members of society which will, in turn, help us to build and sustain vibrant and economically stable communities.
”Today, we are set to commission the InnerCity Mission Primary School, Ibeju-Lekki which will provide a suitable place of learning for the children in this community and environs.
”This is a monumental step in building the foundation of a great future for them. This Primary School will equip boys and girls alike from communities in Ibeju-Lekki with necessary tools to help them live above poverty and deprivation.
”Through the unique curriculum we offer, they will be transformed to become children who would grow up to be adults who bring profit and not destruction to the society.
”Today’s child is tomorrow’s future. This school represents hope, opportunity, and is a message to every child who will be enrolled here that their dreams are possible,” she said.
She said that children in the community would no longer have to walk for long hours to get to the nearest school, as education had been brought right to their doorsteps and a new day had begun.
Director, Inner City Mission For Children thanked the host community for giving help in the selection process. She was also grateful to The President of Loveworld Incorporated, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome for spearheading the vision and keeping it alive.