The saying “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” was apt for the occasion.
On Saturday, 11th of January 2020 at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, the Mallpai foundation, a non-governmental organisation set up by Her Excellency, Hajiya Atiku Bagudu, celebrated 10 years of taking children off the streets and putting them back to school for a better life.
Her NGO, Mallpai Foundation, has been empowering the less privileged in the society and also addressing the plight of the Almajiris, the Mass Literacy for the less privileged and the Almajiris Initiative popularly known as MALLPAI. The foundation was founded 15 years ago and officially registered 10 years ago by the wife of the Governor of Kebbi State, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu.
It was set up for the empowerment of the less privilege in the society and enrolment of children in school by driving out illiteracy in the communities, enrich the minds of youths, help develop unskilled women and educating the girl child.
The foundation is also being driven by adding values to the lives of the most vulnerable and making society a better place to coexist.
The Chief Host and Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, while speaking at the event, express his commitment to support the foundation to realise its goal and also encourage them to be more focused in actualising the mission of the foundation.
The Mallpai foundation focus is to get 20,000 students educated before 2025.
Present at the event was the wife of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Oludolapo Osibajo.
Other dignitaries included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha duly represented Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello, First Lady of Niger State, Hon. Zainab Ahmed (Minister of Finance), former First Lady of Malawi, Madam Calista Mutharika, Prof. (Mrs) Asaba Kabir, Prof. Abba Abubakar (NMEC), Stella Okotete, Hamzat Lawal and MC Eva Temofe (Moderator) among other dignitaries.