DOAM FOUNDATION EQUIPS OVER 2,000 PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS WITH EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AS THEY COMMENCE A NEW ACADEMIC SESSION

DOAM FOUNDATION EQUIP PUPILS OVER 1,500 WITH EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2014

 Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Foundation (DOAMF) equipped over 2,000 pupils in public schools located at Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA with educational materials worth over $24,000 USD to boost their academic performance as they return back to school from the long holidays.

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Pupils of Wowo Primary School, Araromi Primary School, New Road Primary, Ajeromi Primary School and  Oluwa Nursery and Primary School  were the beneficiaries of DOAM Foundation’s Back to School  programme. The Teachers were also not left out as Items such as school bags, water bottles, pens and exercise books were distributed to the happy children.

The Programme Manager of The Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Foundation-(DOAMF), Clare Henshaw, stated that “equipping school children with these essential educational materials can be comforting for many pupils. According to her, the back-to-school program is an opportunity to ensure that parents who struggle with meeting the basic supplies of their children have a sense of stability and inclusion. Henshaw also stated that, visitations to schools afforded the Foundation the opportunity to identify and reward intelligent pupils, including offering scholarships to the intelligent orphaned and vulnerable ones “.

She stated that over seven schools in Lagos, Imo and Edo States have benefitted from DOAM Foundation’s back to school program since 2012. She urged  corporate organizations and philanthropists to imitate the gesture for good of the society.

On the selection of schools in Ajegunle, it is common knowledge that the community requires the support if both the government and corporate bodies to address the issue of poverty and infrastructure.

Present at the event were HRH Baale Kayode I.A Okunlola (JP , Akeresebierin II of Ibafon Town, the Education Secretary of the LGA, Honorable Adewale Adeogun, the Head Teachers of each School, including some parents.

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WESTERN UNION PARTNERS WITH DOAM FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIP FOR LESS PRIVILEGED YOUTHS

SEVEN LESS PRIVILEGED YOUTHS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP FROM DOAM FOUNDATION

2014 Grant for three less privileged youths

Deputy Marketing Manager of Western Union , presenting the 2014 scholarship grant of $10,000 for three less privileged youths in tertiary institution.

Education remains the leading antidote to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger even as the world strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of providing universal primary education for every child/youth. Education provides lasting and effective solution that can help children and their families to escape from the cycle of poverty. It also represents a double investment – an investment in the individual and an investment in the future of the society.

Deputy Marketing Manager -ECOWAS, Western Union, presenting a cheque to DOAM Foundation for the 2013 scholarship grant for four youths

Deputy Marketing Manager -ECOWAS, Western Union, presenting the 2013 scholarship grant of $15,000 to DOAM Foundation for four youths in tertiary institutions across Nigeria.

In the bid to ensure that less privileged children & youths in the society gain access to qualitative education the Foundation initiated the “Project Dream”. This is a scholarship Management program aimed at providing educational opportunities for less privileged and vulnerable children who are intelligent and hardworking, but lack the financial ability to afford tertiary education.

The scholarship programme operates primarily for students from very poor background. So far four less privileged youths are on the scholarship program (2013), while an additional three will be added from the month of December 2014.

DOAM FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH WESTERN UNION TO EQUIP PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS WITH EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

OVER 1,500 PUPILS TO BENEFIT FROM THE DOAMF & WESTERN UNION BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAMME

Puipils of Aladinma Primary School displaying their school bags with Staff of Western Union & DOAM Foundation

Puipils of Aladinma Primary School displaying their school bags with Staff of Western Union & DOAM Foundation

DOAM Foundation in partnership with Western Union will be putting smiles on the faces of over 1,500 children in public primary schools in Ajegunle Community, Lagos State. The event is scheduled to hold on October 22, 2014.

The Back to School (BTS) Programme is an initiative of DOAM Foundation, in partnership with Western Union to provide poor children with basic school stationary for academic excellence.

Since 2011, Western Union have been providing educational support to children across Nigeria, with over 4,000 pupils equipped for school.

This year, the Foundation will be visiting three primary schools in the Ajegunle community.

Previous back to school programmes have been held in Edo, Imo and Lagos States respectively.

  • Estate Primary School, Isolo Lagos State
  • Hope Primary School, Ikoyi, Lagos State
  • 5th Avenue Primary School, Festac Lagos State
  • Ireti Primary School, Ikoyi, Lagos State
  • Aladinma Primary School, Imo State
  • George Idah Primary School, Edo State
  • Esonerie Primary School, Edo State

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DOAM FOUNDATION EQUIPS WIDOWS THROUGH IT’S SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAM

On September 24, 2014 DOAM Foundation held a skill acquisition program for less privileged widows and women. The event was held at the Foundation’s office situated at #36, Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi Lagos.
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Sixteen women took part in the event and they were empowered on how to make liquid soap and air fresher /fragrance.

These skills will hopefully equip them to be self reliant, also if they further push themselves, this will also provide additional sources of income for them and their families.

Less privileged women who lack self-sufficiency become, at a minimum, dependent on charity, or welfare. They lose their self-confidence because they cannot be fully self-supporting. The opportunities denied them also deprive them of the pride of accomplishment which others, who have those opportunities, can develop for themselves. This in turn can lead to psychological, social and even mental health problems.

Empowerment also includes encouraging, and developing the skills for, self-sufficiency, with a focus on eliminating the future need for charity or welfare in the individuals of the group. This process can be difficult to start and to implement effectively, but will a positive attitude coupled with hard work and proper mentor-ship, they could succeed.

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APPRECIATION

Our sincere thanks go to

1. Dufil Prima Foods Plc for donation Power Oil towards the event

2. Golden Paster Company (Golden Penny)n for donating products towards the event

3. UAC Foods Nigeria Plc 4. All the kind hearted individual donors (Mr. Sam Ayininuola, Engr James Olusegun, Mr. Omoruyi Iyamu ,  Prince Obi Emeka).

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DOAM FOUNDATION’S ESSAY COMPETITION AT IKOTA PRIMARY SCHOOL

DOAM Foundation held the second edition of its Read to Succeed Essay competition among pupils of Ikota Primary School, Lekki Expressway. The competition was held on July 14, 2014, while the prize giving day was held on July 21, 2014.

Pupils of Ikota Primary school during the essay competition

Pupils of Ikota Primary school during the essay competition

Thirty (30) pupils from primary 4 to 6, participated at the event. The best ten pupils were selected from each class. The topic of the essay was; “what is the name of your favorite book in the library and what did you learn after reading the book”.

The essay competition aims to further spur and encourage the pupils of the school to use the library as often as possible.  So far, the impact of the library usage has been very impressive as most of the kids attest to the fact that there are so many fun books to read and explore, they kids are also allowed to borrow the books home and they return them after reading.

The essay competition is proof that the children actually read the books in the library, as it was evident in their various essays. 

At the prize giving day, some of the kids expressed their desire to work hard towards the next competition coming up next year.

It would be recalled that in 2012, Ikota Primary School benefited from the Foundation’s Library Project. (Read to Succeed Library Project in partnership with Western Union Foundation, Western Union , Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc).

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Top 5 winners with the best essays from Primary 4, and 6 with a staff of DOAM Foundation, Mrs. Chinyere Enyinnaya.


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The remaining Participants with their teacher, displaying their prizes donated by Dufil Prima

Puipils displaying gifts donated by MTN Nigeria

Puipils displaying gifts donated by MTN Nigeria

The Foundation between 2011 to 2013 have refurbished and equipped 8 public schools with befitting Libraries in Lagos, Edo, Imo and Abia States in Nigeria.

A view of Ikota Primary School Library donated in 2012 by DOAM Foundation in  partnership with Western Union and Western Union Foundation.

A view of Ikota Primary School Library donated in 2012 by DOAM Foundation in partnership with Western Union and Western Union Foundation.

The objective of the read to succeed library project is to promote a book culture aimed at improving the reading and writing habits of pupils/students, in addition to developing their communication skills.

This project will address the core problem of poorly equipped libraries, making teaching difficult for teachers and opportunities for free-time reading which is almost non-existent for the pupils in these schools.

A RAY OF HOPE (PART 1)

Welcome to a new day of hope , we will be starting a new series that tells the story of the remarkable children and youth that have passed through or are still on the Foundation’s scholarship program. We hope that this will give each and everyone something to be thankful for and most importantly appreciate the little things we take for granted.

We will be telling the stories and also giving the testimonies of  some orphaned and vulnerable children who have decided to succeed despite the challenges that they have faced in the past, for them DOAM FOUNDATION has given them the power to soar again and the wings to fly.

MASTER EDOZIEM AUGUSTUS CHIGAEMEZU

My story:

I am Master Edoziem Augustu, I  was born on the 9th of August 1992 to Mr. and Late Mrs. Vitalis Edoziem,  I am the fourth child of five children; I was really fortunate to have been offered a scholarship by the Foundation to study Statistics in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Abia State in 2012.

I live with my father who is a small time farmer,  his crops are barely enough to feed his family and since my  mother passed away last year  the little aid she was rendering the family died along with her before my dreams of furthering my education could be realized, my sibling and I are finding it extremely difficult to survive with the pittance coming from the small farm,

I wrote my JAMB exams and did well, my WAEC  was also very fine, however, the funds to go to school were unavailable. I was at the point of giving up, however, during my usual sunday visit to church, it was during the service that I heard about the DOAMF scholarship examinations that would be coming up later in the year, I knew i had to take advantage of the opportunity,Hope came beckoning when I was informed that I had been shortlisted to benefit from the scholarship. My happiness knew no bounds as I danced and thanked God for this great opportunity, I was told I would be receiving support through out the duration of my  stay in school, however I had to ensure that i consistently work hard . For me I think working hard certainly has to be a daily affair not just for myself, but for others who have invested in me and given me the chance to be a better person for my family and community.

I remain grateful and humbled by the kindness of the foundation and I promise to always uphold what is right at all times.

Our Observations (DOAMF) : Edoziem is an obedient and respectful lad who is ready and willing to learn, he is finding it difficult to meet his basic needs but that does not affect his education because he is topping his class and making the Foundation, his father and siblings proud of his achievements.

His previous result was excellent with 2 A’s, 8B’s and 2C ‘s.

MONASCHOLAR CHIKA IHE:

My Story:

I am Miss Monascholar Ihe, born on the 29th of July 1992 to Late Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Ihe, she hails from Ikeduru LGA Imo Statwas offered scholarship to study Industrial Chemistry at   Tansian University Umunya Anambra State in the year 2012, I am  the sixth child of seven children. Since the demise of my father five years ago, it has become increasingly difficult for my mothers to sustain the family on the tomatoes she sells for a living. The living condition of my family is an eyesore due to the fact that we cannot afford decent accommodation and have to cope with the little my mother makes from her business. I have the desire to overcome all the obstacles I face, however, without proper education, I may never realize all my potentials, since I certainly cannot hope on my poor mother to send me to school.  I was  very happy to have qualified for the scholarship from DOAM Foundation,  I knew I had to work extra hard to secure a place on the list , as there were so many students like me hoping for a chance to be selected.

Life in school has been very good, I look forward to every new day with hope and joy knowing that I have been empowered to rewrite the story of my life.

Our Observations (DOAMF) : Monscholar is making us proud , we admire her focus and we hope she continues to excel. She has been doing very well in all her at school, in her most current result, she bagged a total of 5 As out of the 6 courses she wrote in the last semester.

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BULLYING IN SCHOOLS

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Bullying is a form of violence common among children. Bullying can be found in schools, neighborhoods, and homes across the globe. Bullying is frequently misunderstood by adults as an unavoidable part of growing up and, as a result the behavior is excused and more often than not overlooked and termed to be a passing phase. Bullying is a specific type of aggression with the following three characters:

  1. The behavior is intended to harm or disturb,
  2. The behavior occurs repeatedly over time,
  1. There is an imbalance of power, with a more powerful person or group attacking a less powerful one. This asymmetry of power may be physical or psychological, and the aggressive behavior may be verbal (e.g. name-calling, threats), physical (e.g. hitting), or psychological (e.g. rumors, shunning/exclusion

The effects of bullying are very serious and both the child who bullies and is bullied have long-term risk factors for a series of negative consequences. This on-going issue is now treated with such seriousness by many; children who are bullied at school often suffer long-term effects, from poor self esteem, emotional injury to physical disabilities. Why does this occur?”Children that experience hostility, abuse, physical discipline and other forms of disciplinary factor tend to pour their frustrations on other children as a means of venting out their own frustrations.

It is not unusual to hear stories about students with and without hidden disabilities of being bullied. Stories about bullying have captured media attention as children attempt to cope with being bullied and as families attempt to adjust to losing a loved one to suicide motivated acts of bullying. Bullies do not fit into a neat little box. They come from all walks of lives, all ages, all genders, all races, and all cultures.

Bullying is infrequently addressed and no national data on the prevalence of bullying are available. Actually, the prevalence of bullying among youth is substantial. Given the concurrent behavioral and emotional difficulties associated with bullying, as well as the potential long-term negative outcomes for these youth, the issue of bullying merits serious attention, both for future research and preventive intervention.

Bullying among school-aged youth is increasingly being recognized as an important problem affecting well-being and social functioning. While a certain amount of conflict and harassment is typical of youth peer relations, bullying presents a potentially more serious threat to healthy youth development. Bullying takes many forms, and findings about the types of bullying that occur are fairly similar across countries. A British study involving 23 schools found that direct verbal aggression was the most common form of bullying, occurring with similar frequency in both sexes. Direct physical aggression was more common among boys, while indirect forms were more common among girls. Similarly, in a study of several middle schools in Rome, the most common types of bullying reported by boys were threats, physical harm, rejection, and name-calling. The most common forms for girls were name-calling, teasing, rumors, rejection, and taking of personal belongings.

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Research examining characteristics of youth involved in bullying has consistently found that both bullies and those bullied demonstrate poorer psychosocial functioning than their non-involved peers. Youth who bully others tend to demonstrate higher levels of conduct problems and dislike of school, whereas youth who are bullied generally show higher levels of insecurity, anxiety, depression, loneliness, unhappiness, physical and mental symptoms, and low self-esteem. Males who are bullied also tend to be physically weaker than males in general. The few studies that have examined the characteristics of youth who both bully and are bullied found that these individuals exhibit the poorest psychosocial functioning overall.