27 Riverine Children Get Royal Iwere Foundation’s Scholarships

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In a remarkable effort to advance access to educational opportunities for children in underserved communities within the Warri Kingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse III, and Olori Atuwatse III’s Royal Iwere Foundation (RIF) has partnered with Valley Stream British Academy (VAB), Sapele, to provide 27 children of primary and secondary school-enrollment ages with 3-6-year scholarships.

This partnership exemplifies a strong
commitment from RIF and VAB to cultivate future leaders who will contribute to the socio-economic advancement of the Warri Kingdom and impact the global landscape.

Speaking on the importance of the RIF Scholarship Fund, Olori Atuwatse III stated, “The agency to transform our country and continent is education. We understand how critical it
is for our children to access quality developmental education.

“This is why we invest robustly in education at the Royal Iwere Foundation to ensure the potentials of marginalised communities, especially the riverine, are not sidelined. I also applaud the management and staff of the Valley Stream British Academy, Sapele, for supporting this vision to nurture great minds regardless of their backgrounds.

“I also use this opportunity to encourage more education institutions across primary, secondary, and tertiary levels to
partner with us, as over 20 million children are out of school according to the UNESCO Global Education Report and we have many more lives to impact.

“RIF is resolute in its mission to empower and nurture great minds in the Warri Kingdom because these children are the leaders of tomorrow, and tomorrow is almost here. Let’s equip them for it.”

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The RIF Scholarship Fund is an initiative under the Education Project pillar of the Royal Iwere Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the Warri Kingdom.

The pillar has been described as a catalyst for positive change, and has created educational pathways through pipeline projects such as the Teachers Training Programme, Teach For RIF, Love Gardens, STEM Hub Boot Camp, Story Time with Mama Iwere, and Raising Royalty Academy for riverine children and youths in underprivileged communities of the Warri Kingdom to achieve their academic goals and contribute to the socio-economic advancement of Warri Kingdom, Delta State and Nigeria at large.

The RIF Scholarship Fund works closely with community leaders, parents, and partner schools to provide comprehensive support across primary, secondary, and tertiary levels
of education.

Since its inception, it has impacted 43 beneficiaries: 22 at the primary level, 18 at the secondary level, and 3 at the university level.

The beneficiaries, ranging in ages
from 9 to 25, include 19 males and 21 females across 15 communities in Warri.

The annual net worth of the scholarships is currently valued between ₦150,000,000 and ₦200,000,000.

The primary and secondary levels of the RIF Scholarship Fund provide 3-6 years of quality education to underprivileged children aged 9-13 in reputable South-South Nigerian schools.

The multi-layered program identifies underserved communities, invites pupils for assessment tests, and off ers a 6-8 week boarding program with dedicated teachers, a custom curriculum, and support from child therapists and medical practitioners.

The fund wraps up with scholarship exams and onboarding for successful pupils who undergo
medicals and complete documentation before starting their new schools. Beneficiaries also join RIF’s Raising Royalty Academy, gaining access to summer camps, leadership
coaching, and development programs for global opportunities.

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The Royal Iwere Foundation (RIF) is a non-profit organisation is a strategic rethink for the people of the Warri Kingdom and works to educate, and empower for a brighter future.

RIF is dedicated to effectively tackling obstacles and vulnerabilities that could hinder the Kingdom’s continuous development and its capacity to compete internationally through
targeted SDG-oriented initiatives. For inquiries about RIF’s projects.

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