Our schorlarship recipients say
Leadership Empowerment and Resource Network is like a dream come true for me. Who would have thought that a girl from Ajegunle would be schooling in one of the most exclusive schools in Lagos? Who would have thought that school fees would never be a problem for me? All these questions went through my head the day I was finally told that I had gotten a scholarship to Holy Child College. I felt so blessed and honored to have received such an award on merit. Since then, it has been one experience after the other. I have got a lot of exposure during my stay with L.E.A.R.N. through camp and awareness programmes. With the help of L.E.A.R.N., I have learnt to be self-reliant, to always look on the bright side of life because there is always hope if I don’t give up. I’ve learnt to keep moving forward no matter the ordeal and that God would always reward my effort. L.E.A.R.N. has made me realize that nothing is impossible and that at the lowest point of my life, someone would be there to lift me up. L.E.A.R.N. gave me hope and inspired me to keep dreaming and working towards my goals and never to quit. God bless Mrs. Abimbola Fashola for thinking of such a great way to help young people. Her selfless service is worthy of emulation. I also want to thank Mrs. Awoyomi whose encouragement has kept me moving forward, who has helped me in more ways than one, who has also helped in keeping me on my toes by always urging me to aim higher. God bless her works. I want to use this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked and helped in making this project a success, because they have impacted a great deal in the lives of youths. My experience with L.E.A.R.N. has been an unforgettable one, full of life lessons and gratitude to Almighty God.
I want to use this medium to express my gratitude to L.E.A.R.N. for providing a good quality education during my secondary school as well as share my experience. About seven years ago, I wanted to study at a reputable secondary school. When I was awarded the scholarship, I was very happy and I promised myself always to make my mom and L.E.A.R.N. proud. All the things I needed were provided, including my provisions to the extent that my friends were even jealous of me, and all fees were taken care of. It was an experience I will never forget because it helped me financially, and developed my zeal to learn and know more. In conclusion, my experience has changed my life for the better and has made me see life from a different perspective that hard work pays. I will forever be grateful to L.E.A.R.N.
Olanipekun Kolawole David is an M.Sc. in Integrated Petroleum Engineering and Production Studies, Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering, University of Benin. Just when I thought my dreams of taking my career a step further had been shattered, LEARN came in graciously. I want to use this medium to tender my uttermost appreciation from the very depth of my heart. I want to say a big thank you first to our mummy, Her Excellency Mrs. Abimbola Fashola (the mastermind behind L.E.A.R.N.), to all the stakeholders and sponsors. I pray that men will rise for their sake and they will continually be a blessing to this generation.
It all started May 2011 when I got a message that I was shortlisted for a life changing “JOB READY” training organised by Engage Skills, in conjunction with L.E.A.R.N. The training was designed to empower youths in readiness for the work environment. It was an eight-week programme. On completion of the training however, outstanding participants were given the opportunity to exhibit skills and knowledge acquired by being part of the annual summer school for the year 2011. I was posted to Badagry as volunteer (admin support/officer) alongside my able colleague, Olaniyi. Being first of its kind in the community, several challenges were encountered ranging from awareness creations to sale of forms, but with the application of skills like time and stress management, the result was excellent. In essence, the summer school exercise was yet another awesome experience which encouraged self-development. In December 2011, I was admitted at LASU, but there came the challenge of paying over N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) within a stipulated period. I felt so bad about this because I knew my family couldn’t raise such amount within the time frame as our initial plan was based on the old admission fee of N25,300. I decided to forfeit the admission. However, the issue was discussed with Mrs. Bisi Awoyomi and I was invited to the office. She said to me, “Moriamo, you can’t quit now, remember you had your SSCE in 2008, about two to three years ago and I know how much you have tried to make it this far”. I could not but burst into tears as she offered me an envelope. That was how I became a graduate through the L.E.A.R.N. Scholarship Programme. It’s been a great privilege. Thank you for believing in me. I am a product of L.E.A.R.N ... I am proud