WESTERN UNION, OTHERS, DONATE N19 MILLION HI-TECH LIBRARIES TO SCHOOLS0
Students of Archdeacon Adelaja Senior High School, Bariga, and Community Senior High School, Ketu,in Lagos State had reasons to smile recently as Western Union Foundation in collaboration with the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Skye Bank, First Bank, Ecobank, GTBank and Diamond Bank donated a hi-tech library project valued at N19.39 million or $98,500 to the schools. The project which was initiated by Gabasawa Women and Children Initiative, a non-governmental organization, had the schools refurbished and equipped to standard.
The representative of the Gabasawa Women and Children Initiative said: “The donation was part of the Read to Succeed Project, designed to awaken the passion for books among students of benefitting schools. The project would in the long run improve the declining performance
of the students in their examinations.’’
The Regional Vice President for North, Central and West Africa, Western Union, Aida Diarra, said he was optimistic that the annual project would equip the students with the knowledge to excel in their education, adding that the basic ability to read is what makes the ability to learn possible.
“It is the way we are able to seek out and acquire information ourselves, without relying on biased viewpoints. At Western Union, we believe that education, access to financial services and economic opportunity go hand in hand to advocate for a world where economic opportunity is in reach for everyone,” he said.
Patrick Gaston, President of Western Union Foundation further described lack of education as a barrier to financial inclusion, especially for those who don’t have access to the financial services due to low literacy levels.