10-year-old indigent pupil gets scholarship to elite private school

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By Kofoworola Belo-Osagie

Come September, Emmanuel Sefirinmi Avoseh will swap the uniform of his beloved Bridge International Academy, Badagry for that of Supreme Education Foundation (SEF), Ikeja, Lagos to begin his secondary education on full scholarship.

Thanks to the scholarship, the 10-year-old would attend the elite private school free, having performed excellently in the SEF scholarship entrance examination and interview.

Emmanuel’s education at Bridge International Academy, a network of primary schools serving low-income communities in Lagos and Osun states high quality education, prepared him for the scholarship.

Speaking during the presentation of the award at the Bridge Nigeria’s support office, Principal of SEF, Mr. Iheanyichukwu Akwitti, noted that the scholarship covered Emmanuel’s full boarding, tuition, books, uniforms and other resources during his secondary education at the Supreme Education Foundation school. He urged Emmanuel to come into the school with his mind opened and ready to break all boundaries.

According to Akwitti, the SEF school is not just committed to ensuring that students get the best quality education but they are also supported to excel in their academics, leadership and entrepreneur journey.

Akwitti praised Bridge for its impact on the lives of children and families living in underserved communities and opined that the Supreme-Bridge partnership would hopefully lead to more collaborations and opportunities for more Bridge pupils.

Emmanuel’s mother Mrs. Oluwakemi Avoseh said being a single parent the scholarship would greatly reduce the financial burden of training four children.

“I greatly appreciate Supreme Education Foundation School for the generous financial support and thank Bridge for giving Emmanuel the opportunity to pursue both his educational and extracurricular dreams,” she said. She added that the quality education and support from his teachers contributed to Emmanuel’s success story.

The Managing Director, Bridge Nigeria, Ms. Foyinsola Akinjayeju, said Bridge believed that a child’s potential should not be limited by its socio-economic status, hence, the support for low income families with access to life-changing education and scholarship opportunities.

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