A nursery and primary school of 503 pupils in Itori Ewekoro Community in Ogun State, operate in chicken pen. Snakes often strike the children while they sit on bare floor for lesson. TEMITOP TAIWO writes.
It was a sad and pathetic experience for Itori Ewekoro community in Ogun State, where about 503 pupils are made to learn inside a poultry pen to learn.
Pupils of Local Government Nursery and Primary School, Itori Ewekoro over the years received lecture under dilapidated poultry pen made with wood and worsened by a leaking roof.
During rainy season, the pupils have to go on holiday until dry season returns.
The head teacher of the school, Bolanle Daudu, explained that the situation was made worse as the majority of the students do not have chairs to sit in the poultry pen, but all these changed when the cries of the pupil, the school management and Itori Ewekoro community reached the ears of Oando Foundation.
“Life was tough in Itori Ewekoro School before Oando Foundation intervened”, Said by head teacher.
According to her, we have 57 pupils in Primary Six, 61 in Primary Five, Primary Four consists of 76, Primary Three (61), Primary Two (57) Primary One (48) to mention few. We also have pupils in kindergarten.
Oando Foundation rescued the pupils from learning in a dilapidated poultry pen and went ahead to build six blocks of classrooms for them.
With this development, the head teacher said that the pupils will manage the classrooms pending the time another one would be provided for the teeming population of pupils in the school.
Head of Oando Foundation, Mrs. Adekanola Adegoke, while addressing the people of the community, said that the commissioner for Education in Ogun State, Mrs. Modupe Mojota called their attention to the situation in the school.
“She actually wanted us to support all the schools in Ogun State, but we told her that we could only adopt one school. We leant that snakes sometimes attack the pupils inside the poultry.
“Itori Ewekoro Local Government Nursery and Primary School is one of our adopted schools, serving 1,000 of Africa’s disadvantaged children.
“We believe every child has a right to quality education, that is why we implement the Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI)”, she said.
Mrs. Adegoke said that there is more to be done in the school such as provisions of computers, more blocks of classrooms amongst others.
Indeed, there is need to do more for the school because despite the intervention of Oando with six blocks of classrooms for about 503 pupils, the government of Ogun State need to assist the community.
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the foundation has been going round communities in Nigeria to put smiles on the faces of pupils and several other categories of people.
A popular Nigerian actresses, Kate Henshaw, who visited the community with Oando Foundation team, expressed joy with the project, and used the opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians to touch lives in their community, which she said would spread to others.
King Ubong, one of the contributors, said that there is need to touch lives of children, who will be the future leaders.
The ommissioner for Education, Mrs Module Mujota in her opening remarks appreciated the Oando Foundation for their support.