A Business Administration major, Zainab Sa’ad Muhammed, has volunteered to teach Math to Primary 1-3 pupils of Fat-Hur-Raman Islamic Academy, Yola, from Monday to Friday throughout the current term.
The 300-level student, who has deferred her fall semester academics for the community service, said she was inspired by the passion to teach.
AUN Assistant Director of Community Service, Ahmed Aliyu, stressed the significance of community service: to encourage our students to support the community. “Whatever support our students think they can offer, we encourage them.”
Mr. Aliyu added that Ms. Muhammed was not only supporting Fat-Hur-Raman Islamic Academy but was also building herself. He reiterated the importance of community service, saying it is a way of encouraging other students to get involved.
Being a Development University, AUN does a lot of community service, and this service comes in different forms. We try to encourage our students to give back to the community, explained Mr. Aliyu. He said also that students who put in up to 50 hours of community service were issued certificates, and when they exceed 50 hours, they get Stallion Awards.
On behalf of Fat-Hur-Raman Islamic Academy, the Principal, Aliyu Abdulganiyu, welcomed Ms. Muhammed's initiative and assured her of the institution's full support. He said it was a welcome development as this was the first time the school would be witnessing such an intervention. “It’s quite interesting and we appreciate your efforts. It’s a good development.”
Mr. Abdulganiyu encouraged the youths to also get involved in such humanitarian activities so as to develop and support their community. “Volunteering to teach in the primary session is a very good idea; she’s welcome,” said the Head Teacher, Abdulrazak Saidu.
The AUN Assistant Director of Community Service further urged the school to guide her, and if there was any problem, they should call the attention of the community service office. “Ms. Muhammed will be a great help to the school and also to us. We will find time to come around to see what she is doing because she is representing us here.
The principal expressed his school's gratitude and prayed for more of such collaboration between AUN and Fat-Hur-Raman Islamic Academy.
By Anthonia Udokwu