From Austine Tule, Makurdi
A non-governmental Organization known as Kende Avese Foundation has flagged off an emergency education support program across IDP camps in Benue State.
The Foundation while presenting educational materials which inconclude assorted exercise books, Biros, rulers, sporting outfits at the Daudu and Agan camps underscored the role basic education play in the life of children adding that a child who has access to basic and quality education has a better chance to excel in life.
Founder of the NGO who is also the wife of the Tor Tiv, HRM Chief DR. Felicia Ayatse said education was critical to children’s social intergration and physiological well-being.
The Queen Mother informed that the Foundation had worked out strategies with a view to complementing efforts by the Benue State Government as well as other donor organizations already working in various IDP camps to alleviate the sufferings of the children.
Her Majesty stressed that the cardinal objectives of the Foundation was to ensure that the displaced children were also giving a sense of belonging by availing them access to basic education.
The founder of the Foundation therefore urged those saddled with the responsibility of coordinating educational programs for the displaced children to accept the materials as her token of support from the Foundation and to also make judicious use of them.
Commandant of the Daudu IDP camp Mr. Shedrack Agbadu while receiving the materials expressed gratitude to the mother of the Tiv Nation saying, it would not have come at a better time.
While commending efforts by the Benue state government towards the welfare of the displaced, the camp commandant however appealed her to extend his call to government to facilitate a speedy return of the IDPs to their homes to continue with their normal lives.
On his part, a displaced person, Julius Utile, described Dr. Mrs Ayatse as a companionate mother who has continued to indentify with her children during their trying moments and urged her to sustain the support for their well-being.