Stakeholders in the education sector have passionately appealed to public-spirited individuals, corporate bodies and government agencies to support the Haashim Initiative for Community Advancement (HICA) in achieving its 2020 Countryside Emerging Leaders’ Fellows (CELF) project.
The CELF project is an educational fellowship meant for public school students in rural areas of Kwara State, targeted at promoting functional education among the youths.
The appeal was made at a one-day orientation course organised for local government coordinators in Kwara Central held on Tuesday at Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin.
Speaking at the event, Alhaji Abdullah Toyin, President, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary School (ANCOPSS), Kwara State, described CELF as an educational programme that will transform students from less privileged households in the rural areas.
The ANCOPSS President added: “The scope of the programme which focuses on self-development, entrepreneurship as well as community development will address the issue of poverty and illiteracy in the communities.”
For her part, Mrs. Sidikat Lawal, Principal, Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin, said CELF is a revolutionary idea, asserting that it is a platform through which young talents are nurtured.
The Ravens gathered that the orientation course also had in attendance local government coordinators from Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South and Asa, who were drilled on community development, Project CELF, and their responsibilities as coordinators by the HICA delegation.