Foundation restates commitment to welfare of pupils, teachers
Oando Foundation, a registered independent charity, says it remains committed to contributing its quota towards addressing the needs of pupils and teachers in order to put basic education in the country on a sound footing.
Head of the foundation, Adekanla Adegoke, while speaking at the handover ceremony of renovated classroom blocks and other infrastructural facilities at Zumuratul Islamiyah (ZI) Primary School 1, Akute, Ogun State, to commemorate the 2015 Children’s Day Celebration, remarked that the gesture was in line with the foundation’s strategy of creating sustainable systems that empowers children for the future.
The benefitting school, she explained, is one of the schools under Oando Gas & Power’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, by virtue of its location within the vicinity of its subsidiary, Akute Power Plant.
A total of 10 classrooms; head teacher’s office and a staff room were renovated. The project included the removal and installation of new windows, doors, terrazzo flooring, PVC ceiling, painting, and electrification of the school.
Noting that the project, which cost the foundation about N18m, was sponsored by Oando Gas & Power, Adegoke added that with the support of its employee volunteers, the foundation also donated learning materials, school supplies, clothing and gift items to students and teachers, all targeted at contributing to the development of public schools.
She said, “We believe firmly in adopting a holistic approach to supporting education in public primary schools. The reality is that infrastructure plays a substantial part in this approach, and to this end, we see our priorities for a school such as this as critical. Reports of flooded classrooms during the rainy season, and totally dilapidated teachers’ blocks dramatically impede learning outcomes. Today we can tell a different story; one of progress, one of hope.
“Since inception in 2011, the foundation has adopted 58 schools across 23 states and plans to adopt 100 schools by 2015. We are committed to ensuring children have access to basic education by providing quality training to teachers; monitoring learning outcomes, providing instructional aids, offering scholarships, early childhood care among others.”
Principal of the school, Mrs. Bolanle Adedayo, while commending the foundation for the project, recalled that the school was indeed in a deplorable state until the foundation’s intervention.
She said since the foundation adopted the school, teaching and learning has improved a great deal. “They organised workshop for our teachers; granted scholarship to 10 best students; provided us with charts and pictures to enhance classroom learning.”