For a long time in its recent history, Akwa Ibom State’s educational foundation has been beset by a number of problems. Poor teacher morale, outdated teaching materials, lack of standards setting in schools amongst other problems had meant students were at a disadvantage when compared with their counterparts from other parts of the country, especially the West. It was against this background that the Inoyo Toro Foundation birthed in the State with the objective of supporting government in extricating this sector from its downward spiral and inspire a new methodology in teaching and learning. As tall as this vision was, so also were various obstacles to achieving the objectives. The journey to uplifting educational standards wasn’t just going to be wished into existence. It would take years of strategic thinking, immense human and financial sacrifice as well as passion from the teachers and students for whose benefit this seed was planted.
The vision of our Foundation has developed in the course of 10 years. From its investment in the development of Science, Mathematics and English Language, through the awards for Teaching Excellence in Akwa Ibom State Public Secondary Schools, we have served as a platform for well-meaning persons to contribute their quota to uplifting our schools’ system. The Foundation’s program of having mentors adopt schools of their choice for mentorship of young ones is just one of the avenues of making this positive contribution. The Foundation’s programs have recorded numerous positives from young men and women whose course of destiny have been changed for the better.
Amongst numerous other impactful programs, a half hour call in program on planet FM every Sunday on how to improve the standard of education has received numerous positive feed back from listeners. With an environmental club being piloted in seven (7) schools and an additional twenty (20) to be introduced, we are on the path to engraining in our students basic safety, health and environmental awareness and the need to protect critical public assets. Currently, the Foundation is promoting arts and in this regard, a play is in the works and it is being organised in conjunction with the Theatre Arts Department of the University of Uyo. These initiatives have been made possible by your kind support and encouragement. It’s been 10 years since we started this journey and your support and encouragement has brought us thus far.
On the 23rd of September 2017, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria’s 21st state celebrated the 30th anniversary of its creation. As part of the program of events, outstanding personalities were honoured for their various roles in projecting the image of the state.
Our Foundation was one of two Corporate entities celebrated that evening in the “Recognition for Social and Humanitarian Services” award. We dedicate this award to all our Mentors, Sponsors and Supporters who have stood with us all these years. Thank you very much.
From its modest beginnings in 2007, we are happy to announce that the message of ITF is now being carried on in electronic media, local and national tabloids, social media and through the various participating schools. We are keen to have other professionals key into our message of emancipation and redemption for the educational system as well as our teeming youth population. Akwa Ibom State needs all the support we can give to lift the state of our educational system to greater heights. Government’s support for our Foundation’s program is not taken for granted and is much appreciated.
We have come this far, but there is much more to be done in order to lift our state out of poverty by lifting the standard of education.