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Obama demonstrates commitment to excellence in inner-city education
Picture shows Miss Omotola Akerele with First Lady Obama and other Inner-city children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Oxford, England, UK – First Lady Michelle Obama's sincere desire to raise aspiration of poor girls from one of the inner city schools (Elizabeth Garrett Andreson School) in London may have been exploited by Oxford University as a Public Relations exercise according to observers of the British elite (Ivy league) universities' practices.
Miss Omotola Akerele of the Excellence in Education (EIE) program (www.ExcellenceinEducation.org.uk) which is world famous for working with Inner-city children from disadvantaged backgrounds met Mrs Obama with students in an Oxford college. Miss Akerele, who was mentored by Intellectual icon, Chris Imafidon said she was delighted at the real interest of Mrs Obama and the inspirational talk she gave the students.
However, prominent educationists said that they would wait to see improvements in the percentage of minority and inner city students admitted by elite universities such as Oxford before they celebrate. Currently, less than 1% of Oxford students are from poor, or inner city background. Chris Imafidon, an EIE board member, said that Mrs Obama should be congratulated by all for showing a sustained commitment to the education of the less privileged. "She is a world champion of excellence in education and genuine advocate of social mobility", he added