Eight Ogun ommunities Beg Government for Establishment of School in Their Locality
Eight Ogun Communities Beg Government for Establishment of School in Their Locality
By AfricanOutlook Reporter
About eight communities located in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State at the weekend appealed to the government to provide a school for them, which is to be located within their axis, in the interest of their children and wards, who are being denied education.
Ogun State Education Commissioner, Dr. Odubela
The communities include, Lokoji, Olosan, Ropo, Eleworo, Mosadomi, Agewe, Baala and Ase-Elegun, lamenting that, inspite of provision of land by them about three years ago, on which the government promised to construct the school, this is yet to see the light of the day.
The Head of the Lokoji village, Chief Lateef Makanjuola who also oversees, the other neigbouring affected villages made the appeal, during a visit of three Non-Governmental Organisations, NGO’s to the village as part of efforts to bring education to their door step. The NGO’S; Gender Development Initiative, Community Education Advancement of Peace and Development Initiatives and Initiative for Peace and Comfort had visited a privately established two-classroom primary school in the village to teach the pupil on the rudiments of Information and Communication Technology, ICT.
However, the community leader while speaking explained that, the two-room classes founded by the community was with the support of the three NGO’s, pointing out that, the community had only been able to employ one teacher for the pupils. The village head disclosed further that the teacher handles the two classes, comprised of a nursery and Primary one, adding that, the communities contribute money to be able to pay the meager salary of the teacher.
Makanjuola recalled that, a foundation for the proposed school was laid about three years ago, with government promising to take over the construction and employment of teachers, but regrettably the government was not forthcoming till date.
Our correspondent reports that, during the visit, the Directors of the NGO’s, took turns alongside the staffers to teach the pupils the rudiments and importance of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, which include the use of laptops, I-pad, Desktop computers and accessories.
Director of Gender Development Initiative, Dr. (Mrs) Olubunmi Ashimolowo in her remarks noted that, the world has become a global village, hence, the need to educate the kids on the new trend in education, technology and communication. Contributing her views, Dr. (Mrs) Comfort Onifade of the Initiative for Peace and Comfort, said, it was important to start training the children at the early stage of their education the importance of ICT, in view of the trend as now been accepted all over the world.
Similarly, Executive Secretary of Community Education Advancement of Peace And Development Initiatives, Sina Adefolahan was of the same opinion with his colleagues, saying as the world moves, it was important to move along with it, in regards education, which is fast moving with ICT.