On November 1, the Feed-and-Read program graduated its fourth batch of pupils after nine months of training.
The program provides basic preparatory education to Almajiri youngsters in the community. The platform allows them to learn basic English, mathematics, hygiene, and social skills.
The senior management of the University was present at the event. Also, there were representatives of the Ministry of Education and Adamawa State Universal Basic Education (ADSUBEB).
Present Dekle received a certificate of appreciation for her support of the initiative and other similar projects from the management of Atiku Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Development. She told the gathering in her acceptance speech that AUN is committed to creating a sustainable knowledge community.
"Through the Feed-and-Read program, we made the choice to deploy our human and material resources to provide basic education to a critical segment of the local population so they can learn and live a fulfilling life."
The Special Guest for the occasion was Hajiya Ladi Atiku Abubakar, who told the 30 graduates that they are lucky, and urged them to make good use of the opportunity.
"Without education, you wouldn't know your left and right and you wouldn't even know how to worship the almighty God in earnest. Reading the qur'anic texts is important but get modern education for a very good life."
Hajiya Ladi Atiku received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her contributions to education in Adamawa State from the management team of the Atiku Center.
Community Outreach Assistant, Hajia Turai Kadir, explained how the program which started with 50 pupils, is an initiative of the former AUN President, Dr. Margee Ensign.
She explained that the former AUN President was so concerned about the plight of the vulnerable children that she was giving them money to feed and the number kept increasing.
One of the pioneers of the program, Malam Dauda Bello, said all 65 graduates from the program last year were admitted into a formal school through a scholarship that was offered by Hajiya Ladi Abubakar. He said all current 30 graduates have also been given admission into a formal school and funding for them is being sourced.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa