Oluwafisayo Ogundoro has awarded a scholarship to a total of 20 students in two public secondary schools in Ibadan
The award, coordinated by RELIFA, a local community initiative, was done on the 12th of March 2021 at the premises of both schools-Ajibode Grammar School and Ajibode Community High School- where 20 students were given scholarships to cover their West African Senior School Certificate Examination registration fees.
The students were selected after a WAEC standard mock examination was administered to all Senior Secondary School 3 Arts, Science and Commercial students of both schools on the 23rd of February, 2021 in their common subjects of English Language and Mathematics. A total number of 105 students were seated for the examination with Ajibode Grammar School represented by 57 SS3 students and Ajibode Community High school represented by 48 SS3 students.
The scholarship scheme is a product of a crowdfunding campaign that Oluwafisayo Ogundoro had launched earlier in the year in form of a birthday wish to which many of her friends had donated through GoFundMe.
She had explained on the GoFundMe campaign page that the project was birthed as a result of finding out about the hardship that students from low income families face in order to access education which is now even made worse as a result of further economic hardship occasioned by the pandemic.
“I believe the best way to address this problem is to seek means that elevate people out of poverty. This means providing people with access to education. I believe that one educated person in a family unit could help other members of the family out of poverty. This belief births this project. Thus, the goal of this project is to select brilliant young students between ages 15 and 18 years, who live in the rural areas of Ibadan and are unable to finance their WAEC exams, to finance their WAEC exams. “
In a virtual meeting with the student beneficiaries, parents and teachers, Oluwafisayo Ogundoro congratulated all the student beneficiaries and advised them to take advantage of the opportunity to start to invent a better future for themselves. In the same vein, she advised the parents to always allow the students to study for their forthcoming exams as their success in the exams is what will make the whole sacrifice rewarding.
The twenty students were selected based on their performances in the mock examination and based on other need identification factors by the organising team. Out of the twenty students selected, five students were from Community High School, Ajibode and they include Akintunde Ifeoluwa, Trimisiiyu Suliyat, Agada Cecilia, Oriyomi Wasilat Ayomide and Toyinbo Rhoda Moyinoluwa while the remaining 15 students were selected from Ajibode Grammar School and they include Oladosu David, Yekeen Akeem Adedamola, Obaike James, Jairus Josiah, Adefesobi Elizabeth Tunmise, Ayigoro Roqeebah Ayobami, Anibueze Joy, Omisore Mariam Yetunde, Ogundele Fathia, Otor Charity
Ajiboye Pelumi Martha, Omobuwa Moyinoluwa Elizabeth, Eric Divine, Afeez Mustapha and Lawal Rofiat Omolabake.
In a remark at the award disbursement, the project coordinator, Ibrahim Oredola noted that the scholarship scheme will not stop at the payment of the beneficiaries’ WAEC registration fees but other plans are in place to ensure their success at the examination.
In his words, “we are not going to stop at just paying for the students’ WAEC registration fees, we are also planning to do a need identification of important text books or study materials that each one of them is lacking so we can get it for them. Also, we are planning to work with our volunteers to give more tutorial support for the students to complement what they are already getting in school. We are doing all these to ensure that they do very well in their exams because that’s the only way that this effort will be worth it.”
Overall, the Relifa team appreciates everyone who contributed to the crowdfunding. We believe that this effort would yield great seed in the lives of the beneficiaries.