Mashi Assistance and Development Association. (MADA), a non-governmental organization, has commenced the distribution of exercise books, writing materials and other educational materials to primary school pupils in Mashi local government area, Katsina state.
While speaking at the launching of an education support program “CATCH THEM YOUNG” in Mashi, the chairman of the committee on education, Saifullahi Abdulkadir expressed hope that the gesture would boost reading culture among school children in the area.
The program is aimed at identifying the brilliant children at the young age in order to help them excel in their academic activities specifically in English, mathematics and science subjects.
His words” The selected children will be attending extra lessons on Thursdays and Fridays of every week to be fully sponsored by the organization adding that writing materials will also be provided to them.
In addition, according to him, the selected pupils will be given free entrance form into science and technical colleges in the state and that of Federal Colleges in which association will pay some percentage in first registration of the pupils that got admission into these schools.
Abdulkadir, who highlighted some achievements of the NGO, which according to him include women empowerment programme as well as assisting patients in various hospitals across Mashi.
‘”Our NGO had also distributed soaps materials to the maternal patients aimed at encouraging hygiene practice during the maternal newborn and children Health week (MNCH Week) in May last year.
He also revealed that MADA had commenced the distribution of free anti-malarial drugs to hospitals in November 2017.
Speaking earlier, the Education secretary Mashi local education authority represented by Principal Inspector of the local education authority Alhaji Garba Tsagem, thanked the association for the gesture and promised to assist in achieving the set objectives.
In a vote of thanks, the Chairman coalition of Katsina state civil societies represented by his vice, Malam Zakari M. Doka spoke at length on the need of formation of civil societies in the state.
He urged the associations in the area to join hands in tackling challenges like drug abuse by youth.
Also speaking, the Galadiman Mashi, Alhaji Garba Galadima expressed optimism that educational standard in the area had so far been recording success.
He also acknowledged the association and urged the members to keep it up.
The N. U. T. chairman Mashi, Malam Shehu Idris vows to help the association with meeting Hall whenever the need ascends.
Beneficiary schools include;
- Mashi model primary Sch.
- Doka primary Sch.
- Gamzo primary Sch.
- Jigawa primary Sch.
- Garo primary Sch
- Iya Aminu primary Sch