Oando Foundation, Fashion Vie raise N43.8m for girl-child education
Oando Foundation (OF), the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Oando PLC, has partnered with Fashion Vie New York to raise funds towards the education of the Nigerian ‘girl child’.
Fashion Vie, an annual charity fashion show which runs alongside New York Fashion Week, is the brain child of Chuks Collins whose fashion designing career began in Nigeria.
A statement by the Foundation noted that it is the first Africa entity to receive proceeds from The Dream: Fall 2017 Benefit Fashion Show and Silent Auction organised by Fashion Vie, where it successfully raised N43,800,000 for the education of the girl-child.
Over the years the foundation has focused its ‘Adopt a School’ initiative towards providing access to improved quality education, especially for girls in Northern Nigeria.
By providing hygiene and sanitary facilities, scholarships to brilliant girls for secondary education, mentorship programmes, training of female teachers, and partnerships with international development organisations in the schools, the foundation said it had succeeded in increasing enrolment of girls.
Speaking at the event, Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation, said the funds would be channeled towards making girls more comfortable in school.
“The partnership with Fashion Vie comes at a critical time when Oando Foundation is scaling up its Girl Child intervention under the Adopt-A-School Initiative. The funds raised will directly support the educational and social needs of girls in our adopted schools, providing them opportunities for a better future.”
He said the Foundation will use proceeds to provide potable water and sanitation in public primary schools, information and communication technology (ICT) education, scholarships, and safe spaces for girls.
Oando Foundation has 80 public primary schools it adopted in 23 states of Nigeria – 30 of which are under the infrastructure development component. It has established 17 ICT centres and three Early Child Care Development Education (ECCDE) centres in these schools.
In addition, the Foundation has donated over 5,000 books and learning materials across intervention communities, supported community involvement by strengthening the capacity of over 300 School Based Management Committee (SBMC) members, awarded scholarships to 907 pupils and facilitated training of 1,700 teachers.
Chuks said the foundation was selected because of its laudable work in education.
“This year, Fashion Vie has chosen to return to Nigeria, where my story began. We are inspired by the important work of the Oando Foundation, providing interventions for marginalized Out-Of-School-Children and those unable to cry out for the justice of accessible education in Nigeria,” he said.