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‘Combined effort imperative in lifting basic learning’

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For the nation to achieve seamless basic training for early childhood education all hands must be on deck, says Head, Oando Foundation, Adekanla Adegoke.

Adegoke made the remarks at the handing over of playground equipment to the management of Local Government Nursery and Primary School, Jaguna Itori, Ewekoro, Ogun State, as part of activities to mark the 2018 Children’s Day.

The school, which the foundation adopted two years ago, was previously teaching its pupils under a poultry pen until its prompt intervention and construction of a block of six classrooms.

According to Adegoke, “The school was moved from its previous location due to the presence of a dual carriage road that claimed the lives of at least 20 pupils on their way to school.

After the accident about 540 pupils were relocated to their community to avoid crossing the expressway before they can access a school.

These pupils were subjected to learning in a derelict poultry pen without formal classrooms, water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

“So, in 2016, the foundation in collaboration with our partners, other international organisations and individuals heeded the call of the Ogun State government and kick-started a series of interventions aimed at providing a decent learning environment for the pupils and teachers.

One year after the building was commissioned we are here to appraise their activities and donate playground equipment to promote extra-curricula activities in the school.

She continued, “Also based on the training we offered for the teachers and School Based Management Committee (SBMC), they have been able to approach other organisations for support.

Our intervention and active resource mobilisation efforts has resulted in additional school support, completed block of classrooms and ongoing projects by Isiaka Ibraheem, Dangote Plc and Lafarge respectively. And so, for us at Oando Foundation, concerted effort is a must and together we can lift basic education in Nigeria to enviable heights.”


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