PAN Gives Skill Acquisition Scholarships to Community Members
In its determination to promote skill acquisition and empower indigent young school leavers, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), has given scholarship to two members of Fifth Chukker community to acquire technical skills at the PAN Learning Centre. The social packages routed through the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) occurred at the weekend in Kaduna.
PAN, UNICEF, alongside other business outfits co-sponsored the Fifth Chukker Charity Shield Tournament to raise funds, in order to aid pupils of primary schools within the host community of the Polo outfit.
Speaking on the development shortly after the end of the competition, the Head, Corporate Communication of PAN, Kaduna, Haruna Malami, said the gesture became imperative considering the nature of the less-privileged in the community and the seriousness of the students, majority of whose parents are subsistent farmers. “Aside the scholarship,” according to him, “PAN is poised to pick some of the students to train, using its outfits on skill acquisition to empower them.”
Malami further explained, “We have been supporting the Fifth Chukker tournaments for quite long time. There are local host communities around Fifth Chukker and we see kids from the community coming to watch Polo. We realised that they have bright future, but there are no opportunities for them to explore or develop their skills or talents.
“We collaborated with UNICEF, which identified children with potential skills that will not only be helpful to the community but also the country at large. They will now bring their skills to develop their community and develop their families.
“The training is an intensive programme at PAN Learning Centre, where they would be exposed to three certifications in the area of driving, ICT and Auto Mechanic.”
Also speaking, the Communications Consultant for Fifth Chukker, Nadya Ruth Froesch, said the Charity Shield Polo Tournament supported by various organisations as their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has been on-going now for ten years. She stressed that it is the aspiration of Fifth Chukker to take the children of its host community ‘out of the hood’ by supporting their education and other aspirations to better their future.
A parting gift of three hundred and ten thousand naira (N310,000) each was given to Lubabtu Idris, who said she aspired to study Mechanical Engineering, and Saifulahi Shuaib, who aspired to study Medicine – both from Mararaban Jos in Igabi Local Government Area; both are awaiting their admissions.
A handful number of primary school pupils were given various packages ranging from school bags and stationeries, among others. The tournament saw teams and outstanding players rewarded at the game watched by hundreds of fans.