Stallion Empowerment Initiative (SEI), the charity arm of Stallion Group has introduced scholarship scheme for Premium Technical High School and Premium Primary Schools both in Warri, Delta State. The announcement came as part of the celebration of the company’s 50 years in Nigeria.
The maiden edition of the scholarship was given to 21 best performing students across the schools various classes for the 2019/2020 academic year. This was to encourage the students to set high goals for a bright future.
Three categories of scholarships introduced by SEI are Sunil Vaswani Merit Scholarships which has 100% full tuition fee waiver from primary 6 to Senior Secondary (SS3), for the best student. The second category is the Principal’s Merit Scholarship with 75% tuition fee waiver for the second –best student and Roy Tabet Merit Scholarship with 50% tuition fee waiver for the third-best student.
Ms. Sarina Vaswani, the Co-Founder of SEI, speaking at the inauguration said the initiative strongly believes that investments in human capital through education and skills can lead to a positive future for generations.
“SEI, therefore, supports youths to further their education into secondary schools and university.
“We believe our school programmes and supplies can help prepare students into adulthood. SEI supports Premium Technical High School in Warri with 1,746 students and the two Premium Primary Schools with 2,000 students in Warri, Nigeria”, she said.
Mr. Joseph Sido, the Principal THS, reiterated that the school offers qualitative secondary school education for children in the neighbouring communities.
“The students are imparted with technical training so that they are absorbed in industries like Premium Steel or other ancillary industry in that region.
“Statistically, it is given that the Sub-Sahara Africa region has a rough estimate of 64% illiteracy, which is the highest in the world. SEI is working towards building Nigeria as a benchmark in improving the access and opportunities available for young individuals”, she noted.
The goal of SEI she emphasized is to improve the attendance rates for schools in the region and encourage the meritorious with the right support so that they become the harbinger for development in the region.
“71% of the students chosen on merit are female further attesting that SEI supports schools that provide a very conducive environment for the girl-child. Female literacy continues to be an ongoing challenge in Nigeria owing to cultural and religious disparities”, she said.
She went on to reiterate that Stallion Empowerment Initiative (SEI), believes that gender equality issues are core challenges the society will continue to tackle in the future and, therefore, she opinioned that it is essential to set precedence of gender equality in the country.
“By creating an open environment for girls to attend schools and supporting them with educational grants and scholarships, the organization is propogating gender equality.
“SEI’s key focus is to support and scale education, healthcare and driving empowerment programmes across Nigeria.
“Stallion Empowerment Initiative is dedicated to road mapping a journey to a better future”, she stressed.