Chinese Government gives St. Patrick Catholic School facelift
St. Patrick Catholic School, Lagos has benefitted from the ‘China-Africa people-to-people friendship action’, initiated by the Chinese government in 2012 to promote exchanges and co-operation between non-governmental organisations, women and adolescents in China and Africa.
Implementing the action plan, the Chinese communities in Nigeria under the Charity Foundation of Oversees Chinese Service Association have handed over refurbished block of classrooms at St. Patrick Catholic School.
The event was witnessed by the representative of the Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin, member, House of Representatives, Dr. Dolapo Badru, Executive Secretary, SUBEB, Lagos Island, Moshood Maiyegun and the head teacher of the school, Mrs A. Kassim.
The Consul General, Mr. Chao Xiao Liang at the handing over ceremony said the rehabilitation exercise, which took more than six months because of the sordid condition of the school premises was one of the five ”China-Africa People-to People Friendship Action projects lined up for this year.
at the fifth ministerial conference of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum
He added that the scheme was a demonstration of the importance the Chinese government attached to education, adding, “of all the hundred-year policies and strategies, education is germane and has renewed the hope of more than 720 pupils in the school.He hinged China’s development on huge investment on high quality education.
Liang disclosed that China has implemented more than 21 projects in Nigeria including donation of borehole system to universities in Lagos and Awka, as well as donation of medical equipment to Lagos University Teaching hospital (LUTH) and promised to continue with more valuable projects with a view to improving China-Nigeria relationship.