By Stanley Onyekwere
A Nigerian student in the Diaspora, Miss Arabelle has made donations of food, textbooks, clothes and other sundry items to the Local Education Authority, LEA, Primary School Durumi, in Gudu District of the Federal Capital Territory.
Making the donations to the school in Abuja, the volunteer student from the United States of America, Miss Arabelle said she heard about the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), where there were many children out of school and decided to take part of her Gap year from school to assist the educational endeavours of these children.
She also volunteered to offer moral support in the form of English classes.
Guests present during the occasion include the principal convener and Head of FCT Call Centre, Mrs. Jumai Ahmadu, the Director, FCT Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Abbas Idriss as well as a representative of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), among others.
In her remarks, the convener and Head of FCT Call Center, Mrs. Jumai Ahmadu explained that Arabelle’s unrelenting desire to support the children, prompted her to contact the Deputy Director, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to partner with the volunteer, stressing that the school was selected because of the high number of IDPs that were among its pupils.
On his part, the Director General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, who described Arabelle’s gesture as very unique, called on others to imbibe the culture of humanitarian gestures.
He said it was the first time the Agency was receiving a request by a young student to make donations to the IDPs, just as he encouraged Arabelle to continue with her good works.
Earlier in her remarks, the representative of the UBEB described Arabelle as a young Nigerian with a big heart for sharing. She said the gesture was in tandem with the UBEB slogan, “Education for all is the responsibility of all.’
The UBEB representative, while thanking the donor for her kind gesture, also urged other Nigerians to come to the aid of the less privileged students in the FCT schools, especially children in IDP camps, some of whom she said were orphans.