Rochas Okorocha to Spend N1 billion on out of School Children


Rochas Foundation Friday, disclosed that since its inception twenty one years ago, over 20,000 Orphans and underprivileged Nigerians have been trained so far.

Addressing Journalists yesterday in Abuja, Director- General, Rochas Foundation, Ucy Rochas who disclosed that no Kobo has been received from foreign donor agencies, said that the Foundation has set aside, a whopping  sum  of  N1 billion to return out of school children to the classrooms.

Okorocha  who noted that this was in a partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education, said  that over 5,737 students are in various schools across the country run by the Foundation.

According to her, the Foundation which was established in 1998  has also established a college where African children from less privileged backgrounds can enjoy free and qualitative education at no cost to their countries.

On  plans to partner with the Federal Ministry of Education to get children of school age off the streets, Okorocha said: “The Foundation during the 2020 – 2021 time frame will partner with the Ministry of Education in this regard. It is for this reason that we shall launch a programme which encourages volunteerism and to pick these children out of the streets, providing them with education wherever they may be found in Nigeria.

“Rochas Foundation is budgeting the sum of N1 billion for this programme. This fund will be disbursed through NGOs who are found to be credible to help pursue this cause in their various localities where they exist.”

On the number of children trained so far, she said: “As part of our efforts to extend the horizon of the free education outreach with the successes achieved, the Foundation established the first ever Rochas Foundation College For Africa where African children from less privilege background enjoy free and qualitative education at no cost to their country.

“The vision to give scholarships to at least five indigent kids from each of the fifty five African countries is daily yielding fruitful results as students are arriving daily to benefit from the laudable initiative. At the last count, we have 148 kids from 19 different countries across the continent.”

Speaking further, the Director General said, “The Rochas Foundation is a no profit no governmental humanitarian, non religious organisation stablished to alleviate suffering in the society. The Rochas Foundation has since inception over 21 years ago been committed to seeking the well being for the downtrodden and the less privileged in our society.


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