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Foundation moves to address infrastructural gaps in schools

By Tobi Awodipe
02 December 2021   |   3:14 am
A non-governmental organisation, Kindness to Kids Foundation (K2KF) has partnered with two disadvantaged community schools in Ogun State to revamp their learning quality.

Adopts two pilot schools
A non-governmental organisation, Kindness to Kids Foundation (K2KF) has partnered with two disadvantaged community schools in Ogun State to revamp their learning quality.

Executive Director of the foundation, Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor, said the group is determined to rescue as many children as possible and give them an assured future through education.

The collaboration was announced at a press conference in Lagos with various stakeholders from Lagos and Ogun states in attendance.

Adeyanju-Osadolor lamented that despite advocacy and large-scale efforts, about 11 million children are still missing out on primary education.

She added that the foundation was established to identify needs, partner with vulnerable communities to provide support, as well as complete school projects and hand over same to disadvantaged communities.

The two pilot schools are Community Primary Schools, Papa Olosun and Moro in Yewa north council, Ogun State. Papa Olosun has just two classrooms and four uncompleted toilets, forcing children to learn under trees most times. Moro, on its part, has three teachers, one pit latrine and no water supply.

Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo, who was represented by Director of Public and Private Partnership, Ministry of Education, Linda Onuoha, at the briefing, harped on the importance of education in the society.

The commissioner said the state government has several ongoing programmes targeted at improving the sector, but admitted that it is still not enough.

She said: “One in every five out-of-school children is in Nigeria today sadly. We are all stakeholders in the business of transforming education, as government alone cannot do it all. We need a functional education system that will bridge the gap between public and private schools.” 

The panel discussion, which focused on ‘Transforming educational landscape in Nigeria,’ focused on identifying when children are undergoing abuse even with non-verbal clues, employing gender-lens based education, gender parity, equity and equality.

They also spoke on the many gaps in the country’s educational sector, including classroom quality, dearth of quality teachers, changing mindset of educators, education quality, pupils’ learning experience, how conducive and safe are children’s learning environment among others.