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Adelani Temiloluwa
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In 2016, Dele Ajomale Primary School, Ilasamaja in Lagos State, took delivery of an ICT centre, courtesy of the Oando Foundation and Sumitomo Chemical America Incorporation, a United States (US) based firm.

As one of its 88 adopted schools in Nigeria since 2014, the Oando Foundation had already renovated the school’s classrooms blocks, provided classroom and teachers’ furniture, fans, white boards, as well as trained teachers and members of the School Based Management Committee (SBMC) to provide quality tuition for the pupils and management for the school.

But the ICT Centre, fitted with 13 computers powered by solar panels, furniture, provided by Sumitomo Chemical, does not serve Dele Ajomale Primary School alone. The facility is also being enjoyed by pupils of Ire Akari Primary School, Olokun Primary School, and Kunsoro Primary School, which are all within the same premises in Ilasa.

ICT Teacher, Mrs Adebola Ajibola, told The Nation that she takes Primary Five and Six pupils of the four schools ICT classes throughout the week – with the support of a supplementary teacher recently posted to the school. She teaches each class of about 80-100 pupils coding as well as topics in the Lagos State ICT curriculum.

“We teach from the curriculum of Lagos State for Primary Five and Six. We take them the theory aspects in the classroom (next to the ICT laboratory) and the practical aspects in the centre. We did coding classes under the CodeLagos project. Oando Foundation also organised Girls Code Club for six months for Primary Three to Six. The pupils are about 80-100 in a class. I have some that are more than 100. We bring them into the centre in batches. It was not easy when I was the only one but now I have another teacher helping me,” she said.

In all, about 2,400 children benefit from using the centre.

Though the number of pupils using the centre was large, Mrs Ajibola said the children were learning. Through regular practice, she said they were improving.

A Primary Six teacher, Mr Salami Rauf, wished the school could get more computers. He was lucky he got audience of the President of Sumitomo Chemical, Mr Scot Mitchell, who visited the school recently with Angela Lee from the U.S to express his wish.

He told the visitors that the provision of more computers would further enhance learning.

“I still want this computer class to grow more. If we can have more computers instead of having the pupils take classes in batches, they will learn so much more,” he said.

On his part, Mitchell said he was impressed that the ICT centre was yielding good results. He was particularly impressed that the children were learning with same software as those used by children in the United States.

“This is the first day of our visit and we are pleased with the progress they are making. I was pleased to see that the program they are learning to code is Scratch from MIT – which is the same that my son used to learn coding when he was young,” he said.

Mitchell added that Sumitomo Chemical partnered with local organisations, like Oando Foundation, around Africa to build infrastructure in schools.

“We take part of our profit from mosquito bed net. Our founder said whatever you do for business must benefit society. So far we have been able to build infrastructure in schools in 12 different countries and 28 different projects. We have been working with Oando Foundation for years,” she said.

Head of Oando Foundation, Mrs Adekanla Adegoke, said the Foundation would continue seeking partners that would enhance its work in all its adopted schools around the country.

Mrs Adegoke said: “We have been in this school since 2014. We have not had issues. WE are happy with the result. When we are happy we want to do more. The role of Oando Foundation is to partner with others and point them to communities and schools that need help. Our Adopt a School project has different components. We cannot support all those components at the same time in all 88 schools so we seek partners to support us.”

Education Secretary of the Isolo Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), Mr Femi Ogunwusi, a barrister, said the LGEA seeks philanthropic support to enhance facilities in public schools because of their number.

“We always write reports to government regarding our needs. But we have over 1,000 primary schools in Lagos State and you know what it means to supply computers to all the schools. We also seek support from philanthropists,” he said.

Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/how-one-schools-ict-lab-serves-2400-children/

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