The Chairman, MTN, Nigeria, Dr. Pascal Dozie has urged all privileged Nigerians to contribute to development of education in the country, saying that the future of the Nigerian child and of this great nation rests on our willingness to make commitment to contribute in any way to the growth of education in Nigeria.
Speaking at the kickoff of 21-Days Y’ello Care campaign held at the MTN head office, Falomo, Lagos, Dozie said every Nigerian should do what he or she could with what they have to help education sector.
Based on UNESCO’s statistics, Dozie said that Nigeria’s current education challenges call for action as 10.5 million Nigerian children of school-age are said to be out of school, 40% of children aged 6-11 do not attend primary school with 30% drop-outs, and only 54% of Nigerian students transit to Junior Secondary School with the proportion of girls to boys in schools in Nigeria on approximately 1 girl to 3 boys.
He noted that the 21 Days Y’ello Care campaign efforts are aimed at shaping Nigeria’s future through education. “Given the current state of affairs, I believe that the private sector, civil society, parents and indeed everyone, have a collective role to play in ensuring that our children receive quality education,” he stated.
The theme for this year’s 21 Days Y’ello Care is, Investing in Education for All, for 21days, MTN which says it will contribute to enabling environment for learning, will through the Study Place Project, deploy nine e-libraries across public schools in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt to encourage healthy study habits, promote reading culture and increase access to digital technology amongst Nigerian students.
According to him, other specific projects incorporated into the campaign include: the ‘Y’elloBook Fair,’ which took place right after the opening ceremony in the court yard, the aim, he noted, is to encourage MTNers to buy one book for at least one child to improve learning ability.