In what was a very emotional yet
fun-filled day, the Concerned Parents and Educators (CPE), a popular Facebook
group with over a hundred thousand members, in collaboration with Association
for Formidable Educational Development (AFED), a local NGO, visited a couple of
Low-Cost Schools along the Mile 12 – Ikorodu axis of Lagos State. This was to
provide financial support to some parents who are defaulting in the payment of
their children’s school fees and also to provide some useful amenities for the
The first school to be visited was Oge Oloroaje Nursery and Primary School at Mile 12. The group, led by some members of the CPE group and former president of AFED, Mrs. Dada Ifejola, was warmly welcomed by the School Owner, Mrs. Rotimi; the School Director, Mr. Michael Edu; and members of the staff and some parents. The children were extremely excited to see these guests and were eager to participate in conversation. Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, the founder of the CPE group, noted this and commended the efforts of the teachers and administrators of the school. “I noticed that the children are extremely vibrant and confident”, commented Mrs. Ogunde, “this just goes on to show how much effort the teachers and administrators of this school put into building the children, the environment notwithstanding.”
The group then went on to meet with the
parents whose parents were to be beneficiaries of this act of goodwill. After a
speech by Mrs. Dada encouraging the parents to focus their attention and
resources on training their children, they were told of the plans to pay their
children’s school fees for the term. This prompted an immediate reaction from
the parents, they immediately fell on their knees thanking the group and God in
turns and a few tears were shed. The money was received by Mrs. Yemi Odole, a
‘pure water’ seller whose grandchild was a beneficiary and then handed over to
the School Director. Having previously explained that her husband had abandoned
her and was ‘as good as dead’, she went on to express her sincerest gratitude
to the group on behalf of the parents, praying for the replenishment of the
pockets from whence the money came.
The next school that was visited was Lucas Ade Nursery and Primary School at Agiliti. After being welcomed in by the School Owner, Mr. Lucas Adeniyi, the group was immediately serenaded by beautiful Yoruba songs and Nursery rhymes sung by the pupils. Renditions that stood out included “Iya To Bi Mi” and “Laye Ti Mo Wa” among others, songs packed with lessons that Mrs. Ogunde did not fail to point out to the eager children. Mrs. Oyenekan then presented the money to the parents, which elicited words of thanks from the overjoyed parents.
In all, a total of 10 schools received
payments for 5 children each. These schools are
- Oge Oloroaje Nursery
and Primary School, Mile 12.
- Lucas Ade Nursery and
Primary School, Agiliti.
- Rachtom Nursery and
Primary School, Odunsi Bariga.
- Milson Nursery and
Primary School, Imota.
- Bethysanta School,
- Latoscare Nursery and
Primary School, Ikorodu.
- Anis Nursery and
Primary School, Itunmaja, Ikorodu.
- Kingswise School,
- Tama Nursery and
Primary School, Ikorodu.
- Stardom Children
The representatives of each of these schools showed extreme gratitude to the work the CPE put forth to make the outing a success. Dr. Oduntan Joseph spoke on behalf of all present at a later gathering. He thanked the selfless effort by the CPE and promised that the schools will put in more effort to deliver quality education regardless of the immediate circumstances.
Mrs. Dada gave a passionate speech about
the importance of giving. “Don’t think what you are doing is in vain”, she
said. “Don’t choose to settle yourself [for] it can bring troubles as it is not
God’s provision”. She went on to encourage the teachers to engage themselves in
the act of giving.
Mrs. Ogunde also went on to thank everyone for coming and making the outing a success. She commended the efforts of Mrs. Dada for her integrity even in trying times. She solicited for others to borrow a leaf from the example of integrity. She explains, “There are so many people willing to help, they just have to be sure that it gets to the recipients”.
Some of the school owners and educators
went on to complain about some issues they face in the managing of the schools
during a personal interview. In a discussion with Mr. Michael Edu, he pointed
out that some parents are unwilling to put their children in school. He added
that the teachers bear the brunt of the financial situation of the parents as
it makes funds unavailable to pay salaries on time. Mr. Samson Odufote, Owner
of Stardom Children School, outlined the problems his school faces as financial,
environmental and problems with school amenities. Despite all this, his school
still does well to impart knowledge to the children.
Do you want to be a part of this
movement? Join the Concerned Parents and Educators group on Facebook to join
the conversation. You can also donate to fund the empowerment of the
financially underprivileged. Donate to the account:
Account Number: 0074641162
Bank: Sterling Bank
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