Int’l women society to drive educational development in Makoko
As part of efforts to promote quality education in Makoko, a riverine community in Lagos, the International Women Society (IWS) has donated furniture and Mobility equipment to students of Whanyinna School.
These include a boat to transport the children to school daily and 48 tables and chairs. The formal handing over of the items was made to officials at the school premises.
Founded in 2009, Whanyinna School provides tuition-free elementary education to indigenes of the community to encourage them in embracing and appreciating the value of education.
Speaking at the presentation, President IWS, Mrs. Ifeoma Monye said: ‘‘The International Women Society is proud to make this donation to drive educational growth in Makoko. Good education is an essential investment in children to build competent leaders, build the nation, and drive societal change.
“Our intervention is in response to solving the challenges of the children in accessing education in the community. We will continue to make partnerships like this a framework for supporting families and communities to make a positive impact on development’’.
The donation by the IWS is in line with goal four of the United Nations Sustainable Development, which specifies for inclusive and equitable quality education to promote lifelong learning opportunities.
While expressing gratitude to the IWS, Founder of Whanyinna Children’s Foundation, Makoko, Noah Shemede said: ‘‘We appreciate the kind gesture extended to the Foundation by the International Women Society. This will go a long way in the academic progress of the children as we continue to support the children through our free education initiative.
The school has produced over 200 students who have moved up to a higher phase of learning and with the sustenance from the International Women Society, we are certain of doing more’’.
Also present at the event is Chairperson of Widows Trust Fund, International Women Society, Mrs. Banke Adeola and Founder of Chess in Slum Africa, Tunde Onakoya.
The International Women Society was founded in 1957 to provide support and empower women, families, and communities to improve welfare and societal growth. The organisation has provided support in various areas to advance the economy through various projects.