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Procter & Gamble, Irede Foundation Partner On Inclusive Education

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L-R: The vice principal admin, Ikeja Senior High School, Sola Oguniran; beneficiary of the Limitless Project, Damilola Momoh; executive director, The Irede Foundation, Crystal Chigbu; beneficiary of the Limitless Project, Ruth Oyeniran; and managing director, Procter & Gamble Nigeria, Mokutima Ajileye, at the maiden launch of the #LimitlessProject in Lagos.

The leading fast-moving consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble (P&G), has partnered with The Irede Foundation to launch the maiden edition of the #Limitless Project at an event that took place at the Ikeja Junior and Senior High School. 

The #Limitless Project is a partnership programme designed to accelerate progress in inclusive education in Nigeria. The initiative seeks to advance inclusive education by sensitising teachers, parents and even communities that all children can learn. The partnership will support children living with disabilities, empowering them with the learning experiences they need to thrive. 

Every child has a right to quality education and learning; yet, children with disabilities face barriers stemming from discrimination and stigma that limit their access to education and their ability to participate in social, economic and political life. Children with disabilities have ambitions and dreams for their futures; for this to become a reality they need quality education to develop their skills and realize their full potential. 

Speaking on the impact of the project, the managing director of P&G Nigeria, Mrs. Mokutima Ajileye said: “The #Limitless Project aims to achieve equal representation for students with disabilities in our immediate environment. Through this initiative, we aim to empower the differently-abled children with the right tools needed to compete in the growing society. At P&G, we are fully committed to building a more inclusive and equal environment where everyone feels valued, included and can contribute to their full potential.

“P&G strongly believes inclusive education will provide opportunities for differently-abled children to have sustained social interaction and participate fully in academic programmes and through strategic partnerships like this, equality and inclusion can be achieved.” 

Also commenting on the initiative, the executive director of the foundation, Crystal Chigbu, expressed her gratitude to Procter & Gamble for supporting the vision to build an inclusive society.

“Inclusive education is key to building an inclusive society, P&G’s support to the children with sign language personnel is transformative and will change the future for all of us. With the support of other well-meaning organisations and individuals, we hope to extend to all 49 inclusive schools in Lagos State. 

“Children living with disabilities should live an independent and limitless life. Regardless of their unique nature, they should be accorded the same level of respect given to every other child in society. With the Iredians, a comic book for children living with disability, we have started the journey of including children with disabilities in books so that other children can see, hear and learn from them,” she said. 

The host school for the maiden edition of this project also received a facelift as the school was painted by the partners. The #Limitless Project aims to reach over 1,000 children living with disabilities in public schools over the next two years.

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