The American University of Nigeria (AUN) on Thursday launched a programme to feed and teach girls in Adamawa State, to read.
Known as “Feed and Read,” the initiative is funded by the Irish Government as an extension of the Technology Enhanced Learning for All (TELA), a corporate social responsibility project of the university.
The event which held at the former communications department building in the university’s North Campus, attracted dignitaries within and outside Adamawa State.
Speaking at the occasion, AUN’s President, Margee Ensign, said the launch of the pet project was a dream come true.
“When I look at all the strong women who are here, we can do it. We can make this a national programme,” Mrs. Ensign said.
“Nigeria will be the third largest country in the world by 2045. We must educate your children; we must educate your girls.”
Mrs. Ensign paid glowing tribute to the Irish Government for supporting the project and lauded the efforts of parents and the AUN team.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of the AUN Academy, Nkem Uzowulu, said all the girls went through base line assessment tests before being selected for the programme.
“In the next six months the beneficiaries should be able to identify letters and combine words,” Mrs. Uzowulu said excitedly.
“They will also be taught phonetics as well. The time for the meetings has been set for 4pm, Mondays – Thursdays, at the newly renovated building.”
She encouraged parents who turned up for the programme launch to ensure their children attended classes diligently.
A father of one of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to God for making the day possible.
He also thanked the AUN Founder and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, Mrs Ensign and all those who contributed to the success of the program.
By Ikechukwu Ilomuanya