Teacher Floats Scholarship Scheme for Orphans, Indigent Students
By Victor Essang
When Jackie Chan said, “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life”, he must have been referring to the likes of English/Literature-In-English teacher of Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkana, Etinan Local Government Area, Mr Aniekpon Oworeniba Nseyo whose show of love and kindness towards the orphans and indigent students of the school have put smiles on their faces and given them hope for a better future.
For the past five years, Nseyo had continued to exhibit some acts of kindness and caring through the provision of financial support to students and floating of scholarship scheme with orphans and indigent students of the school as major beneficiaries.
In the series of Nseyo’s demonstration of show of human sympathy and kindness towards the less-privileged is the recent scholarship he offered to 13 orphans and two indigent students of the school. The scholarship scheme package included intervention funds, three text books, a dozen of exercise book, continuous assessment record booklet, school sandals, school uniform and school bag for each of the beneficiaries, making the full package to amount the sum of N14,700.00 for each student and putting the total cost of the scholarship at N220,500.00.
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Presenting the package to the beneficiaries recently at the school library, the initiator of the scheme, Nseyo, said the gesture which is under the platform of Students Helpers Initiative Project (SHIP) was solely financed by himself. He said the idea behind the formation of the platform was to help serve as a vehicle to reach out to the less-privileged students especially the orphans and the indigent ones and give them hope for a brighter future.
While congratulating the beneficiaries for making the list, the donor who disclosed that the lucky ones were carefully selected by their classmates who knew them very well, admonished them to be studious and focused so as to attract more assistance from him.
The teacher said the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme will continue to enjoy the scheme till they finish their secondary school education and assured of continued financial support from SHIP even after they have left the school and are willing to further, provided they perform well academically. He quipped, “this assistance you are getting today might not stop here, if you are brilliant and wish to further, we will give you financial assistance” Nseyo said one of the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme who is now in the university is still enjoying financial assistance from him, adding that the platform was committed towards putting smiles on the faces of the less-privileged ones in the society.
The dream of SHIP according to him is enormous and capital intensive, stressing that what keeps him going was the passion and commitment to achieving his goals. He however noted that plans were on ground to expand the scope of the vision of SHIP by extending the scholarship scheme to other students outside the school and used the occasion to solicit for financial support from government, corporate organization and individuals to enable him meet the target.
Nseyo, who is also a music director of the school, has through the gift of singing produced three albums for the school. Some of the tracks are educational and matching songs that are being used in most schools across the state. Being a passionate teacher with a dint of creativity and love for his students, Nseyo can be seen in three mould of a teacher, music director and cultural dance instructor. He has since been employing his musical skills to assist him deliver his lessons to his students. He believes, that the lyrics of the educational songs provides useful information for success in all human endeavours as it is through reading that one can be successful.
His school has over the years remained the reigning champion in cultural dance due to the innovation he has incorporated into it in area of costume. His versatility has made him win several awards for the school and to himself, some of which include Outstanding Teacher Award by Etinan Youth Leadership Forum in 2016 in recognition of his hard work and selfless contributions to the development of Etinan youths, community, Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria. Teens Favourite Award Magazine also presented to him Teens Favourite Innovative and Educational Creative Tutor Award in 2016, while in 2017, Continuing Education Students Association, University of Uyo gave him Excellence Service Award. The latest award he bagged was Award of Excellence which was presented to him by Nkana Youth Movement (NYM) in 2020.
Nseyo is not only an inspiration to the students but a creative teacher who has carved a niche for himself in various aspects of life which stands him out among his equals. He has continued to spread the tentacles of humanitarian gesture across board. During the lock down period, September 4, 2020 Nseyo took it upon himself to embark on the distribution of COVID-19 prevention kits to SS3 students of Comprehensive secondary school Nkana.
Items distributed included face mask, hand sanitizer, Mega tissue and imperial leather soap. He extended this humanitarian gesture to other schools including Etinan institute where over 200 SS3 students waiting to write their WAEC and NECO exam also took delivery of COVID-19 prevention items courtesy of him. Responding to what Nseyo did, the principal of Etinan Institute Sir Emmanuel Ikpe-Abasi in a letter of appreciation had lauded the initiative and thanked him for distributing the preventive kits to the students, saying the gesture was complementing the effort of the state government to preventing community transmission of corona virus in the state.
Recall that on March 20, 2018 Nseyo floated financial support programme for helpless but brilliant students in the school which fell under four categories, and this include cash donations to orphans, the fatherless and Indigent which gulped N350,000, with donation of 80 relevant text books to the school Library, putting the total cost at over N600, 000. The maiden edition of the award of scholarship had 10 students benefiting from the scheme some of who are still enjoying the package till date.
Reacting to this gesture, the Principal of the school, Mrs Roseline Essien, extolled the sterling qualities of Nseyo and described him as a productive and proactive teacher whose life has influenced both the students and fellow teachers positively. “The man has been up and doing, what I have seen him done here is what I have not seen in other secondary schools elsewhere. He is taking good care of the students and giving them scholarship as well as putting in efforts to do everything possible to assist the students achieve their goals of being in school”, she said.
Essien said “these have attracted awards from different groups of people to him and the recent is the one from the village. He is doing so well and I am so grateful and I pray that the Almighty God who watches everyone should bless him abundantly in Jesus name”.
She lauded him for the initiative to flout scholarship scheme for the orphans and indigent students while urging other staffs to emulate his example by joining to lend a helping hand to assist students to become something in the society.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Master Daniel Friday Etuk thanked the donor for the gesture and prayed God to bless him for thinking good about the less-privileged in the society. Etuk, who was excited, described the act by Nseyo as a show of love to them adding that the kind deed by the teacher has not only endeared them to him but has compelled them to categorize him as one of the best teachers in the school, saying they will forever be grateful to him. He particularly appreciated Nseyo who single-handedly bought two sets of school uniforms for him to replace the old one that was tattered and often discouraged him from coming to school.
Other beneficiaries who spoke with newsmen shortly after the event expressed joy for the gesture by Nseyo, saying that the act has given them sense of belonging and assurance of a better future.
Miss Joy Peter in a broken tone said she was very happy to know that there is someone who cares for her and is willing to take responsibility of her education since she was an orphan.
For Miss Esther Okon, the scholarship package will go a long way to helping her go through the secondary education without the usual stress due to lack of financial assistance. She showered blessings upon the donor and prayed God to replenish his pocket with enough money.
Miss Blessing Ezekiel thanked Mr Nseyo for remembering the less-privileged in the society like them, adding that with the scheme she can now boast of exercise books, text books, school sandals and bag among others. She said, “I use to wear torn uniform, go without enough exercise and text books talk less of good sandals but through this gesture by this good Samaritan, my story has changed”.