An orphan who benefited from Greensprings International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students’ university degree sponsorship has graduated with a first-class from Anambra State University.
The student, Precious Emmanuel, who is among the 2021 graduating set of the university expressed appreciation to the students for their financial support throughout his stay in school.
“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate Greensprings School, especially the IB Diploma students for supporting me through school. It was a time of hopelessness for me, but they showed up. I appreciate what they did for me because God moved through them. And for making me happy and giving me hope about the future, I pray that God will continue to bless them,” Emmanuel stated.
Celebrating the student’s brilliant academic performance, the Wider Curriculum Principal of Greensprings School, Mrs Jennifer Sunkanmi-Qaazzeem, said the school is delighted to hear about his feat, stating that Emmanuel is one among several undergraduate students being financially supported by the group.
Sunkanmi-Qaazzeem said: “It gives us great joy to hear that Emmanuel graduated with a first-class. For our IB Diploma students, it feels like a pleasant reward for their Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) project, under which the sponsorship was made. The decision by the IB students to provide financial support for undergraduates started over a decade ago, and since then, they have successfully sponsored many students in private and public universities.
“These undergraduates are usually students in dire need of financial support to go to school, and in the case of Emmanuel, he is an orphan who didn’t have anyone to financially support him through school. Hence, our IB diploma students took over his sponsorship as part of their community service programme,” she added.
When asked how the IB Diploma students got funding for the sponsorship, Mrs Sunkanmi-Qaazzeem said they worked for the money and saved it in an account set up by the school.
She explained that the IB Diploma charity project is compulsory for every student that passes through the programme, as it teaches about humanity and helps him or her to be better prepared for university life.
The Greensprings IB Diploma Programme is a two-year sixth-form programme designed to prepare secondary school graduates for life in tertiary institutions.
Community services, such as catering to the needy are a mandatory core component of the programme. Students are expected to have a minimum of five credits in their O’ Levels, including English Language and Mathematics to be considered for admission into the programme.