No fewer than 10 model primary schools in Lagos Island Local Government, Lagos State have benefited from a two-year health and nutrition training, courtesy of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Save the Children.
Ahead of the event, tagged: “School health and nutrition end of project meeting”, and held at Olive – Ace hall, Onikan, the organisers had donated various equipment and facilities to beneficiary schools.
The pupils, many of whom have joined the health clubs in their various schools and have been trained as Ambassadors of Change, were charged with improving the quality of their school environment and community to make it safe and clean.
Aside the trainings, the NGO also renovated the schools’ toilet facilities, water supply and donated drinking water buckets and other cleaning supplies.
Project Adviser for the organisation, Mrs Amaka Ifionu, said: “We take responsibility for the children around us, those ones entrusted in our care. Lagos Island is peculiar because these pupils see affluence around them but do not experience it. You will be surprised that they are more disadvantaged than pupils from lesser affluent environments.”
She, however, pleaded with the government to increase the monthly operational and maintenance allowance given to head teachers of each school. She admonished the beneficiaries on maintenance culture of the items provided.
State Universal Basic Education Board Chairman, Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin noted that the knowledge acquired by beneficiaries would yield fruits that would be useful to them.
Sopeyin, who was represented by the Deputy Director of Special Education, Mrs Bunmi Oteju said: “Save the Children has since realised that the government cannot do it all alone and has, therefore, come to our aid. This gesture should be emulated by other organisations and individuals.”
One of the trainees, a basic five pupil of St Mary’s Girls Primary School, said: “I am very happy with the NGO and company that have sent us these relief materials. I have learnt how to make my school and community clean and I am going teach my friends from other schools who have not had the opportunity of being taught like me.”
-The Nation Newspapers