As part of efforts to ensure that children remain in school in these challenging times, IA-Foundation is holding its 2021 annual charity event virtually.
This is an opportunity to socialise and network, whilst raising funds to take a Nigerian child off the streets, according to IA- Foundation founder, Mrs. Ibironke Adeagbo.
“This event is a great opportunity for the community to come together to socialise, network and raise funds to help reduce the number of ‘out-of-school’ children in Nigeria”, she said.
The event is taking place on the 27th of February 2021 at 6pm UK time via Zoom.
The theme of the event is #breaking barriers#. The Foundation is indeed on a mission to breaking barriers such as poverty, security and other societal challenges that could prevent a Nigerian child from having access to formal education.
At a press briefing by the CEO/Founder, Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, a chartered accountant and education advocate, who has a vision to ensure every Nigerian child is educated to reduce poverty and improve social mobility.
To support this vision, the Foundation organises a flagship fund-raising event annually, to raise funds to enable the Foundation to achieve its objectives.
This year’s virtual event is being organised by a 10-man organising committee made up of high-profile members of the community both in UK and in Nigeria.
The organising committee is chaired by Mr Tolu Deru, a versatile gentleman with brilliant organisational skills. This year’s event has high profile guest speakers based in Nigeria and in the UK.
The plenary speakers are Oba (Dr) Adedokun Abolarin, the Orangun of Oke-Ila and proprietor of Abolarin College in Oke-Ila Orangun in Osun state. The king is a renowned teacher and lawyer, that is now using his royal stool to fight poverty with education. More importantly, he is helping the future generation by providing free and qualitative education for the future generation.
The second speaker is Pastor Mrs Sola Irukwu, wife of Pastor Agu Irukwu, co-founder of Bright Futures for Africa and co-pastor of largest RCCG in London – Jesus House.
The event would give all participants the opportunity to brainstorm and profess ways in which we can reduce the number of ‘out-of-school’ children and improve the standard of education in Nigeria. Lots of good music, raffle prizes, awards, networking etc.
Register to attend the event can be done at https://iafoundation2021.eventbrite.co.uk/
Mrs Adeagbo is also embarking on a 10km charity walk to raise funds for the Foundation and ensure the Nigeria children are off the streets.
Adeagbo said: “I am all about catalysing, I always have been, but especially in the last couple of years, as I relish the opportunity to invest in so many people through the Foundation.”
According to a survey by United Nations, the population of ‘out of school’ children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million. The highest in the world. Ibironke believes this cannot be right, nor fair.
“We need to change this narrative and very quickly too!The education crisis in Nigeria is one that requires urgent, collective, and concrete action to surmount. At IA-Foundation, we do not believe that we are the solution to this problem, but we do believe that we are a part of the solution.”