A Better You, an NGO based in Lagos on Tuesday, July 6, handed over a social impact project, a block of renovated classrooms to the management of Shogunle Primary School, located off Balogun Street, Ikeja, Lagos.
Present at the ceremony were management and members of staff of the school, personnel from the local government and the Ministry of Education including volunteers and members of the NGO.
Speaking, Adeniyi Oluwafemi, cofounder of the NGO alongside Taiwo Omirinde noted that before their intervention, two classrooms in the newly renovated block were not habitable and it took individual dexterity from some of its members to create a facelift for the block.
“We took a survey of schools generally and we realized the need to start somewhere. One of the reasons we chose this school was because we are not far from here. When we came in here, we discovered that there was significant infrastructural deficit and primary education is the bedrock of education, so we decided that this is a viable project for us to start with. We interacted with necessary offices, got approval and we are happy to have completed our promise and now we are handing over,” he said.
Reacting, the Head Teacher, Shogunle Primary School, Mrs. Nike Deji-Alao expressed her joy at the good works of the NGO noting that the face-lift would spur rapid learning as the environment was now conducive.
In her words, “Before they came, we had leaky roofs, rough surfaces and the floors were potholed. Now there has been a total transformation and the leaky roofs, potholed floors and rough surfaces are a thing of the past. Thanks to the facelift and renovation which has added artistic designs to the classrooms.
“Ever since I resumed here, we have written series of letters concerning the state of the classrooms before God brought A Better You to us to assist us. When you work in a conducive environment, you will love to come to work the next day because the environment is beautiful and that makes teaching becomes pleasurable.”
Representing the Local Government chairman, Dr. Mojeed Alabi Balogun; the Supervisor for Education, Ikeja Local Government, Mr. Dania Taiwo Ebenezer said: “I would love to commend this NGO for their effort. This is laudable because the government cannot do it all. I believe that is why A Better You thought it wise to give back to the community. We must give quality education to our children, but we also must provide a conducive environment in order to enhance learning capacity. I believe this is the beginning and I would enjoy them to do more. Honestly, on behalf of the local government executive chairman, we are glad.”