MTN Nigeria’s annual staff volunteerism programme, 21 Days of Y’ello Care, which focused on education, has come to an end.
The annual programme initiated by the MTN Group in 2007 encourages MTN staff in all its 21 operations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to volunteer their resources, time and skills to assist others and the communities they live and work in.
This year, MTN Nigeria engaged in a number of activities focusing on inculcating the reading culture in the Nigerian child and therefore, adopted the theme, “Investing in Education for All,” which was in consonance with the global movement to make education accessible and compulsory for all and sundry across the world.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Michael Ikpoki said that the last 21 days were quite eventful and fostered conducive environment for learning in schools.
“Seventeen digital libraries were set up in primary and secondary schools across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. Training and empowerment seminars were conducted for one hundred teachers of the Lagos State Ministry of Education and a book reading session was organized for students to imbibe the reading habit in them,” Ikpoki added.
A major highlight of the closing ceremony was a keenly contested quiz competition amongst seven schools, which was eventually won by Gbaja Girls Secondary School and New Era GirlsSecondary School, both located in Surulere, Lagos. Each school received Laptops loaded with MTN's educational bundle.
Other activities included visit and donations to nine orphanages and motherless babies home in the six geopolitical zones of the country while the senior management staff of the centres also encouraged and mentored the students on their desired career paths.
MTN through the programme, contributed its quota towards improving educational standards, providing an enabling environment for learning and instilling the pivotal role of education in the development of the nation.
Ikpoki expressed gratitude to the various stakeholders who partnered with the company to ensure the success of the programme including the States Ministry of Education and all the schools that opened their doors to the telco. “Your efforts have no doubt enriched our projects and enhanced their impact”, Ikpoki said.