IA Foundation holds charity event to reduce number of out-of-school children

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IA-Foundation, a UK based charity focused on access to education, has announced plans for its 2021 annual charity event which will now hold virtually.

According to the organisers, 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.

Billed for the 27th of February 2021 at 6pm UK time via Zoom, the theme of the event is #breaking barriers#.

The Foundation said it 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 keynote speaker is Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, a leading education expert, certified professional educator  and currently, the Hon. Commissioner for Education in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Before her appointment to the cabinet of Lagos State, she was the Principal Consultant/CEO of Leading Learning Ltd, an educational consultancy firm incorporated in 2014. Since she started her own consulting practice, she has consulted for public and private schools, state governments, NGO’s and development partners. Her areas of professional focus include teachers training, leadership training, school set-up and schools’ transformation.

Adedosayo has nearly 40 years working experience spanning banking operations, organizational restructuring, human resources management, international trade and education. She retired from Corona Schools’ Trust Council in 2010 after serving as was the Executive Director and CEO for eight years. She voluntarily served as the Director of Corona Secondary School, Agbara from 2010 to 2014.

Folasade Adefisayo is an education activist with a passion for student learning, school transformation and teacher training. She is deeply concerned about the learning crisis in Nigeria schools and has volunteered to work with the Federal Government, Lagos State Government, Oyo State Government and Oyo State Government. She is also dedicated in improving other peoples’ lives and has served as a volunteer with a number of NGO’s – Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind, Volunteer Corps, Junior Achievement, Fate Foundation, Yedi, Teach for Nigeria, Oando Foundation, SWORTE Talks among others.

She was a Merit Award winner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a University Scholar of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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 parish 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.

Registration to attend the event can be done at https://iafoundation2021.eventbrite.co.uk/
Adeagbo is also embarking on a 10km charity walk to raise funds for the Foundation and ensure the Nigeria children are off the streets.

Speaking further on the event 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, asituation Adeagbo believes is neither 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”, she added.

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