An Educationalist and Principal of Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin, Mrs. Sidikat Lawal has described Countryside Emerging Leaders’ Fellows (CELF) as a revolutionary idea to nurture young talents.
Mrs Sidikat Lawal stated this on Tuesday at one-day orientation programme organised for the local government coordinators of the Countryside Emerging Leaders’ Fellows (CELF) in Ilorin.
CELF is an educational fellowship initiative by Haashim Initiative for Community Advancement (HICA) for public school students in the rural areas across Kwara State.
She therefore appealed to corporate organizations and privileged individuals in the society to support HICA in its bid to promote functional education among the youths in the state.
In his opening remarks, the President, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary School (ANCOPSS), Kwara State, Alhaji Abdullah Toyin described CELF as an educational programme that will transform students from less privileged households in the rural areas.
The ANCOPSS President added that the scope of the programme which focuses on self-development, entrepreneurship as well as community development will address the issue of poverty and illiteracy in the communities.
CELF coordinators of the four local government areas from Kwara Central including Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South and Asa also received in depth training on community development, Project CELF, and their responsibilities as coordinators.
Coordinators from Kwara Central zone include Sulyman Abdulrasaq (C&S Laduba; Asa), Ajumobi Shehu (Banni Community Secondary School; Ilorin West) Idris Usman (Senior Secondary School, Sentu; Ilorin East), Abdulkareem Aminat (Senior Secondary School, Opolo; Ilorin South), and Tinuoye Oluwakemi (Senior Secondary School, Tepatan; Moro).