More than 5, 000 customized exercise books, 2, 000 school bags and 1000 pairs of sandals are set for distribution to school children by Prince Emmanuel Ekpenyong’s Foundation (PEEF).
Mr. Edidiong Akpan Chicco, Coordinator of the foundation disclosed this while responding to questions during a media chat with newsmen at EEMJM Hotel and Suites, Uyo on Monday, May 27.
According to Chicco, the distribution of the academic materials will take place on Tuesday 28 May, 2019 while visiting different schools within Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District .
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He explained that over 20 schools in Obot Akara and Ikot Ekpene LGAs comprising Nursery, Primary and secondary, will be visited to celebrate with children as part of the activities of the foundation to mark this year’s International Children’s Day.
The coordinator noted that the foundation is aimed at supporting the free and compulsory education in the state by providing support to the less privileged children in rural areas as a way of encouraging learning among pupils and students.
While appreciating Prince Emmanuel Ekpenyong for always contributing to the future of children and development of the society, Mr. Chicco added that the rare gesture will challenge children from low background in local communities to compete favourably with their counterparts in the city.
On his part, the CEO of the foundation, Prince Emmanuel C. Ekpenyong noted that the best way to improve the society is by showing love to the less privileged, teaching them how to fish and supporting their education.
He stressed that the third edition is to specifically support poor children in the rural areas to compete favourably with their counterparts in the urban areas, adding that the foundation is not limited to only supporting pupils and students but has also extended its tentacles to training and mentoring people in various skills to achieve their dreams.
“PEEF is out to educate and tell people that there is more to education more than the confines of the classroom. If you look closely there are more artisans on the streets than in the classroom” he added
Platinum.ng gathered that PEEF was founded on 2016 by Prince Emmanuel Ekpenyong and other like-minded individuals who saw the need to improve on the lives of the less privileged, for the betterment of the society, particularly those in the rural areas, not for gains sake, applauses or returns from the beneficiaries.
Others present at the Media Chat were BOT chairman of the foundation, Mr Akaninyene Archibong, Polycarpuwem Michael and Nsikak Etido.