TDF donates a boarding house to Alma Mater
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An NGO, the Tope Dare Foundation (TDF), donated a 100-bed dormitory to the Ondo State Government and St. Peter`s Unity Secondary School, Akure, as part of its efforts to support learning and promote education. Writing materials were also distributed to students and medication at the school health station. In addition, laptops were donated by friends and associates of the foundation to the most outstanding male and female students.
Dare, while handing over the dormitory facilities to Education Commissioner Femi Agagu, said the move is aimed at making his alma mater a better place to study. Also an alumnus of the institution, Dare said more than 305 people and 15 companies contributed about N17 million to the construction of the dormitory. He said: “The project aims to provide quality education to poor students and meet basic needs, such as medical care, for those who are struggling and unable to afford the bills, while the final stage is empowerment.
“We believe these three goals are essential in Nigeria today. Education is very important and we cannot leave it alone in government. We have a 100-bed, solar-powered dormitory equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance and security (CCTV) equipment and technology. We also have fire detectors and panic alarm systems. The dormitories will host 75 smart students and another 10 who excel in sports, while another 5 top students for creativity and innovation will also benefit. “We also want to recognize the leadership of our students so that they can manage facilities. We don't just bring it to school; we want to make sure that the installation is maintained because what is missing in our country is the culture of maintenance. He also highlighted a number of programs run by the foundation to help some of the needy students in the state. “In 2021, the foundation learned that the sale of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms was coming to an end and the director said that only two students had paid. The institution purchased UTME forms for all 149 students. Today, the organization is delighted with the recognized successes because these students are not left out. Dare also expressed concern about the dire state of education, saying the government has not funded the sector appropriately. “The government can no longer maintain schools. As we said, teachers' salaries are funded by the PTA. We believe the private sector should donate more.
Agagu commended Dare for his dedication to his alma mater and urged others to emulate the fund, noting that the government alone cannot fund education.