AFED Group reduces out-of- school children by 1.2m, says president

The Association for Formidable
Education Development (AFED) on
Wednesday said that it had
reduced the out-of- school
children in Lagos State by 1.2
million.
AFED’s President, Mrs Ifejola Dada, told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that these
children were receiving quality education in
over 8,000 private schools across the state.
Dada said that the state government alone
could not meet the educational needs of all
the children in their states.
AFED was offering a stop-gap solution that had
been complimenting the government’s efforts
in the provision of affordable education.
“AFED is giving back to the society what it
enjoyed in the public schools in the time past
and thus complementing the efforts of the
state government.
“We are social justice and equity crusaders
tackling the out-of-school children
phenomenon,’’ Dada said.
She said it was important to tackle the
education of such children as they would be
critical for the future of the country.
The president said that the association had
schools in nine states in the country with over
3 million children in such schools who were
paying tuitions as low as N5,000 per child in
some cases.
Dada said that the schools had also helped to
reduce unemployment across the country as
they served as employers of labour.
She said that private schools with no fewer
than 50 pupils had as many as eight staff
members.
The president said that some private schools
had been offering scholarships to brilliant
children and the indigent ones.
She, however, pleaded with governments to
encourage AFED by using commendable words
rather than derogatory words to describe it.
She said that derogatory words would
discourage international investors or banks
that would have loved to give loans or financial
assistance to the association from doing so.
Meanwhile, the patron of the association, Prof.
Pat Utomi, had lauded the activities of the
association.
“Education is not about blocks or buildings
but what comes out of the blocks and
buildings.
“I was amazed at the performance of the
children in AFED schools who were in urban
challenged neighborhood.’’
Utomi said that AFED was not a charitable
organisation but low fee-paying schools, adding
values to the teaching business.
“There is wealth at the bottom of the
pyramid, when you put together all your
earnings, you find out that you make money
even from the poor,’’ he said.
NAN reports that AFED are schools with low
paying- fees ranging from N5,000.

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