The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Zone F (South-South), on Tuesday flagged off its Back to School programme in Cross River, donating 800 face shields as well as 1,000 nose masks and hand sanitisers.
The two-day exercise which was in collaboration with Pink Africa Foundation and other partners, took place in three selected schools.
The schools include Community Secondary School, Uchu; UBEC Secondary School and Model Secondary School, Okpoma in Yala Local Government Area of the state.
Flagging off the campaign in Yala LGA, the Vice Chairman of the Association, Mrs Uduakikang Okorn called on the leadership of the association in other states within the zone to replicate the action.
Okorn said the media, as the watchdog of the society, owed it as a duty to keep the society abreast of recent developments.
She said that the rate of deaths recorded from the COVID-19 pandemic could be reduced if everyone played his part in protecting themselves and their loved ones.
“The need to always follow the COVID-19 protocols, especially the wearing of facemasks in the public, has become more pertinent.
“This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the law prescribing six-months jail term for persons convicted of disobeying the COVID-19 guidelines.
“I call on the leadership of NAWOJ in other states in the zone to replicate the Back to School exercise, in any way they can.
“ I also call on female journalists in Zone F to continue to protect the right of the people to know the truth in line with the vision of the association,” she said.
In her remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Pink Africa Foundation, Dr Nchewi Elemi, said there were so many areas of need in schools especially those in the rural areas.
Elemi called on philanthropists, non governmental organisations (NGO), Faith- Based Organisations, politicians and other stakeholders in education, to synergyise provide educational materials and infrastructure to make learning more interesting and conducive for children.
The principals of the benefitting schools commended members of NAWOJ Zone F and the Pink Africa Foundation for the gesture and called for more collaboration.
In all the schools visited, the students expressed happiness, while appealing for more of such gestures.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the associations also donated exercise books, writing materials as well as counselled the students on career choices. (NAN)