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Grace Schools to partner organisations on CSR



Grace Schools to partner organisations on CSR

The Proprietor and Administrator of Grace Schools, a group of private schools in Gbagada, Lagos, Mrs. Tokunbo Edun, has expressed the desire of the school to partner corporate organisations to increase its present level of involvement in corporate social responsibility activities.

This was as she said that the school’s annual indigent scholarship award, a veritable platform for assisting indigent students in the area needed to be expanded to cover more students who are to benefit from scheme. Towards this end, the Administrator, therefore, appealed to corporate organisations and public spirited individuals to support the education of the less-privileged children in the society to among other benefits reduce the rate of school dropouts and high level of illiteracy in the country.

“This has become imperative due to the huge gap between the children of well-to-do parentsandtheindigentstudentsso as to improve the bar of education in the country,” she said. Mrs. Edun, who bemoaned the hardshipof studentsfromindigent parentstohaveaccesstoqualitative education, urged all and sundry to rise up to the challenge of the poor in the society. According to her, Grace Schools had over the years focused essentially on being a good corporate citizen through its various social responsibility initiatives and had deepened its brand equity through the Indigent Scholarship Schemes introduced as a reputable institution of learning. Under the scheme, Grace Schools has donated cash and materials towards the upgrading of several schools within Gbagada and its environs in the areas of provision of school furniture such as chairs and tables, as well as textbooks to Gbagada Primary School to improve facilities in the state government owned school.

This has been a major activity for several years till date, while Grace Schools has also been magnanimous to power the school borehole through supply of electricity. Other public school that are major beneficiaries of the corporate social initiative of Grace School include Ajidagan Primary School, its next neighbour, which collapsed last year and was reconstructed by Grace Schools, with the donation of play equipment to the school. Aside educational support rendered to other public schools in the area, Grace Schools, the Administration said had also sponsored sports day of many schools such as Idi Odo Primary School, Al-Moroof Primary School, Gbagada Primary School, Ogooluwa Primary School, Temidire Primary School, Adaranijo Primary School, National Primary School, as well as Ajidagan Primary School.

Mrs. Edun added: “Grace School has been using its CSR initiative in the education subsector to create positive impact on the society. Our school has a strong focus in contributing its quota to the upliftment of the society where it operates. Also, the school demonstrates a social conscience by providing for the needs of the various schools and students it has over the years supported through its CSR initiative.” One other major contribution of the school, according to her, is the annual education scholarship instituted for indigent students to enable them to have unfettered access to qualitative education irrespective of their socio-economic and education background.

“This is one area that the school becomes socially responsible by helping the less-privileged in the society,” Mrs. Edun added, saying the scholarship award was designed to provide succour for the less-privileged in the society with a view to raising the bar of education.

Under the scholarship scheme, which according to her worth over N1million every session per each beneficiary, covers tuition, books, uniforms, boarding fees and pocket money from secondary school to theiruniversityeducation. Over 30 students, the Administrator noted, had benefitted from the scheme since its inception in 2004, whileoverN100millionhadbeen invested by the school in the scheme.

“The scholarships are from Senior Secondary School (SS I to SS III), covering tuition, boarding fees, examination fees, books, uniforms, among other throughout the entire duration of senior secondary school years. We also support the beneficiaries after graduating from Grace School to universities. This, we do by paying their tuition fees, accommodation and a monthly stipend for the four or five years of their university education,” she added.

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