A One-day Town Hall meeting and official launch of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowment was convened by the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria. The objective of the workshop was to bring together all stakeholders to be involved in the support for Alma Mater – from Primary to Tertiary levels. This was done in a bid to seek support of all stakeholders to support the recovery process of the ailing conditions of the Education Sector across the South West of Nigeria.
The participants were drawn from the Six South West geopolitical zones of Nigeria and beyond. In attendance were the organized groups like Old Students Associations, Association of Primary School Head teachers Of Nigeria (AOPSHON), All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), National Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Community Development Associations (CDAs), Youths Groups like the Boys and Girls Brigade, Boys Scout, Red Cross, School Sports Federation among others. The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) also played an important role.
The welcome address and brief introduction of the Initiative was done by Mr. Michael Olufemi Oyawale, the Chairman of Board of Trustee of EIFDW, who explained that the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowment is the Brain Child of the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria (EIFDW), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). He affirmed that anyone who has ever attended any school should, as a matter of obligation, “Do Something!” for his Alma Mater. While giving a good will message, the Honourable Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative who represented His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA, welcomed participants and charged all to support the Initiative by ensuring that they “Do Something!” for their Alma Mater because Government cannot alone shoulder the burden of education.
2.0. PRESENTATIONS AND DELIBERATIONS
2.1. Two Papers were presented at the Town Hall meeting:
Paper I: From Awolowo to His Excellency: A History of Mass Education in Western Nigeria delivered by Mr. Seye Oyeleye, the Acting Director General of DAWN Commission,
Paper II: Sharing the Vision and Campaign Structure by Mr. Abayomi Sobande, the Head of Service of Ogun State.
2.2. The first paper chronicled the evolvement of Mass Education as initiated by the late Sage and the former Premier of the Western Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo till the present. He reviewed the Free Education Policy which increased the Primary Schools from 3,550 in 1952 to 6670 by the year 1958. He therefore juxtapose that era to the present educational status in the Western Nigeria which therefore calls for the assistance of all stakeholders. He emphasized Teacher Quality and Quantity, Infrastructure, Curriculum, Discipline and Technical Vocational Education and Training as the five critical areas that really need urgent attention for us to revive the glory of our education. He concluded by proffering the most suitable and realistic solutions to the aforementioned problems.
2.3. The second paper elucidated the vision of the project with focus on the following three key areas which are: Fundamental Assumption of EIFDW; Reality on Ground, and Campaign Features and Structure.
2.4. The Town Hall meeting thereafter moved into plenary with participants abreast of how they can contribute alongside their comments, questions and submissions.
3.0. SUGGESTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
3.1 The following suggestions and recommendations were made:
1. Participation would be through:
a. Individuals (Old Students Association Membership, Non-Old Students Association Membership, Exco membership of various levels).
b. Government will assist through approving:
i. Alma Mater Day in all schools and,
ii. Compulsory Curriculum Vitae ratification
2. The Alma Mater Day for this year would be 10th of October and subsequent years would be 2nd Tuesday in the month of March;
3. Agreed that the payment should be cashless as much as possible;
4. There shall be only one Bank Account for the proceeds of the Campaign;
5. It was agreed that Alma Mater Desk for Old students and staff record be created in all Schools;
6. “Do Something! Alma Mater”, “Ba n da si! Oro Eko” would be social media interaction slogans
7. The accrued contributions shall be allotted as follows (Maximum Allocation): School Desk 10%, Senatorial Office 5%, State Office2%, Zonal Office 0.5%, EIDWN 1%,School (Min) 81.5%;
8. The holders of President/Chairman; General Secretary and Treasurer must not be a Public Servants to ensure it is not Government project and accountability ;
9. The Association must develop a Position Paper, not just a communique on "EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT IN WESTERN NIGERIA” and send to the Presidency, Governors, and National Assembly.
At the end of the Town Hall meeting, the participants expressed gratitude to the organizers in particular the Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria, especially, the Head of Service of Ogun State who physically demonstrated his support for the Initiative. Appreciation also goes to the Managing Trustee of Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria (EIFDW); the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission under the leadership of the Acting Director General, Mr. Seye Oyeleye; Old students Associations, NATA, NURTW, Market Women, ANCOPSS, AOPSHON, CDAs, NAWOJ, Youth Groups; and other Stakeholders present.
1. Mr. Olutunde Olukoga Chairman
2. Mr. Sanyaolu Adedoyin Member
3. Mr. Lawrence Laleye Secretary
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR ALMA MATER
Mode of Payment
Cash and cheques are to be paid directly to our only one bank account for accountability purposes. Donors to contact the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments secretariat by SMS and give information on the payment made, name of donor, name of school and amount paid, SMS to be sent to 07061661684, Amount will be recorded immediately after bank confirmation on the EIFDW website.
- The use of Point Of Sale Machine for payment purposes is still being explored
- Receipts to be issued for cash and cheque payments and recorded on our website.
- Scratch card – Still looking for good sponsors of scratch cards at very low interest rates.
- Online payments can be made using computers and telephones through the EIFDW website: www.eifdw.org.ng
- Visit EIFDW website: www.eifdw.org.ng
- Click on Menu
- Click on Donate
- Click Donation to Alma Mater and follow instructions.
All funds donated will be credited to the respected schools. Decisions on projects to be executed will be jointly made by a committee of the school principal/headmasters, State Executive Committee or Senatorial Committee, EIFDW representative. Details of all transactions will be recorded on EIFDW website.
A Report on the Formation of the Executive committee of the campaign for almamater endowments
It is with pleasure that we inform you that following the successful launch of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments held on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at Abeokuta, the Ogun and Osun States Executive Councils have been constituted.
. Ogun State Executive Council
Alhaji I.A Onifade – Chairman
Chief I.O Ogundele – Vice Chairman
Mr O.A Rodoye – General Secretary
Mrs A.O Babalola – Treasurer
Alhaji I.O Apelogun – Public Relations Officers
Mr ...... State Officer ( Educational Initiative for Development in Western Nigeria )
. Osun State Executive Council
Alhaji Yisa Abubakar – Chairman
Mr. Jimi Bada – Vice Chairman
Mrs. Nike Adesanya – General Secretary
Chief A.O. Asindemade – Treasurer
Hon. Fakorede Rauf – Public Relations Officers
Mrs. E. Oyeleke - State Officer (Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments)
N.B: The composed Executive Committee will last 12 months thereafter, election will be held and officers chosen will hold office for two years.
KEY POINTS ON THE MEETING OF OGUN STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR ALMA MATER ENDOWMENTS WITH THE OGUN STATE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND HER DIRECTORS HELD ON TUESDAY, 19TH JULY AT OKE MOSAN, ABEOKUTA.
A meeting was held with the Honourable Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Modupe Mujota at her office on Tuesday 19th July, 2017. The essence of the meeting was to introduce the newly appointed executives of the Campaign for Alma Mater Ogun State and to solicit the support of the Honourable Commissioner of Education to facilitate the execution of the resolutions made at the Southwest Town Hall Meeting of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments held on the 11th July, 2017.
The Initiative was lauded by the Honourable Commissioner of Education and her Directors. However, it was said that the Campaign for Alma Mater should collaborate with School Base Management, All Confederations of Principals of Secondary Schools, Association of Primary School Head teachers of Nigeria, Civil Service Commission, Teaching Service Commission, Parents Teachers’ Associations, and the Ministry of Education for effectiveness.
The Honourable Commissioner of Education emphasized the need for a proper charter. As regards the Alma Mater day, she advised that a more convenient day be chosen. Moreover, she stressed the need for a procedural manual which will guide everybody’s participation and ways to harness the funds gathered from the various interest groups to include a detailed structure of interventions, financial prerogatives and disbursements of funds. She said there should be a defined charter before organizing a workshop where Stakeholders may make inputs to fine tune the existing manual of procedures.
In a reaction to all the comments, the Managing Trustee of the Campaign for Alma Mater Endowments thanked the Honourable Commissioner and her Directors and then promised to look into all the issues raised.