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NGOs Partner To Commemorate International Day of Education; Provide Medication, Food, Clothes For Street Children In Oshodi, Ikorodu

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NGOs Partner To Commemorate International Day of Education; Provide Medication, Food, Clothes For Street Children In Oshodi, Ikorodu

L-R: Team Leads – Abiola Ajewole, Founder & Executive Director, Hope for the Hungered Foundation, Olakunle Sanni, Founder & Chief Learning Officer, School In The Street International, and Ifedayo Afolabi, Director of Administration, Street Medicine Network Nigeria

As part of activities making the commemoration of the 2nd United Nations International Day of Education, three reputable non-governmental and non-profit organizations in South West, Nigeria, have put resources together to meet the basic needs of street children in Oshodi and Ikorodu areas of Lagos State.

The event which took place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, under the Oshodi bridge beside BRT Terminal 3 and beside Salvation Army Primary School, Sabo, Ikorodu, had Hope for the Hungered Foundation and Street Medicine Network Nigeria partner with School In The Street International to provide free drugs and medical counselling, food, clothes and enlightenment on the plights of street children in the areas.

Speaking with BlackBox Nigeria, the Founder and Chief Learning Officer,
School In The Street International, Olakunle Sanni noted that the Oshodi outreach was carried out with other partners to amongst other bring attention to the plights of street children and how over the years they have been denied education due to their involvement in street situation.

“As the world celebrate this important day, SITS will be working to accelerate action towards the achievement of Goal 4 of the SDGs by ensuring that street children are given the opportunity to have access to basic education and other learning opportunities that will contribute immensely to the development and wellbeing of the children and society at large,” he said in a chat with BlackBox Nigeria.

While calling on government at various levels to develop plans to accommodate street children in their education plan, Sanni said, “denying street children access to basic education will only continue to expose them to the negative learning available to them on the street.

“On this day, partners for today’s outreach, that is, Hope for the Hungered Foundation, Street Medicine Network Nigeria and School In The Street International, call on government at all levels to begin to include street children in their education plans, provide mechanism to attend to their medical needs and ensure the Sustainable Development Goal of Ending Hunger reflects in the actions of government towards street children at all times.”

The Communications Officer for School In The Street (SITS), Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni, told BlackBox Nigeria that volunteers from the two partnering bodies were led by Abiola Ajewole, Founder & Executive Director, Hope for the Hungered Foundation and Ifedayo Afolabi, Director of Administration, Street Medicine Network Nigeria.

The Support Services Officer of SITS, Chinwe Okolie, while appreciating the partners for their crucial support to the organization also call on other well meaning individuals and organizations to join hands with School In The Street to provide education to children living and working on the streets.

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