ASUU Strike: Student Becomes Volunteer Teacher For Orphans

A teenage girl and 300 level student of pharmacy has set an extraordinary example of community service in response to the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike: she teaches as a volunteer teacher at a school for orphans and physically challenged in Maiduguri Borno state.

elementary-school-kids-in-science-class-using-a-microscopeInstead of joining her teenage female friends in unproductive ventures that may not benefit her positively, Falmata Dulumi, 19, preferred to use her time to teach deprived children while the strike embarked by the strike lasts.

“I have a soft spot and love for deprived and underprivileged children”, the girl said.

“Since I don’t have money or means to assist them I always look out for an opportunity to do something in kind to assist them once in a while. And the ASUU strike, as bad as it has been, fortunately gave me an opportunity and I grabbed it while it lasts”.

The girls adds that she loves children and she is eager to give them opportunity to get a better future.

“I knew about this school, Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School for sometimes; and I hear how it is helping to give free education to orphans and physically challenged children.”

Her parents supported her a lot with this idea giving her even moral religious back-up that the Prophet of Islam says whoever teaches or helps an orphan has a place with him in paradise’.

The Director of Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School, Barrister Usman Zannah, recalls the day when Falmata entered the school premises:

“She didn’t give us a breathe to respond when she said, I am a pharmacy student in the university of Maiduguri, we are now on strike, please let me use my time to help in teaching these poor pupils.”

Of course no one felt like hesitating and the very next day they gave her primary 5 to teach