It is also said that if you consider education expensive, then try ignorance.
Ignorance was simply a high and also unacceptable price to pay.
Driven by patriotic zeal and concern for our immediate society, a group of youths came together to run a voluntary teaching programme to at least give their own quota in nation building and make an impact in the lives of some children of the not so privileged.
The programme began in January 2016 at Badarawa shagari road as take off venue. It was over subscribed and especially amongst the mothers, the enthusiasm to get their children enrolled was unprecedented.
The programme concentrated on areas of basic reading and writing, spelling and grammar. Months later, a significant improvement was noticed in the aforementioned areas, but most importantly, the students showed so much enthusiasm for learning. They truly understood education to be the great equalizer and breaker of all socio-economic barriers.
The scourge of out of school children and almajiris or poor educational services is a ticking time bomb that if not addressed will come back to haunt our society generally.
Kudos must be given to the Kaduna state Government led by Mallam Nasir El-rufai for its efforts to revamp the educational sector, However, the administration must not rest on her laurels.
Other states must borrow a leaf from Kaduna state Government and also strive to improve its basic educational sector as it is the foundation upon which every society is built.