The Chairman of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King commended the Victor and Winifred Awosika Foundation (VAWA) for its continued support for education in the state.
The Foundation on Thursday donated a fully equipped vocational center to Maryland Inclusive School in Lagos. He also equipped the school’s music room and playground with modern instruments and facilities adapted to the particular needs of the pupils.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Alawiye-King said the foundation continued to show how individuals and organizations can help the government bridge the education gap in the country.
“You have shown us that government alone cannot do this. In your own magnanimity, you have been able to empower us, providing amenities that will make teaching and learning seamless for the inclusive unity of this school, and we know the type of students we welcome to this unity,” he said.
The President of LASUBEB noted that this was not the first time that VAWA had lent a hand and called on the foundation to ensure the continuation of its interventions.
Alawiye-King also urged teachers and school administrators to fully take ownership and maintain the facilities.
VAWA Director, Bankole Awosika, explained that the gesture aims to improve the quality of education and vocational training for students with special needs with the aim of preparing them for future careers in professional trades and contributing their contribution to society at large.
In addition to the facilities, he said the foundation would provide occupational therapists and instructors to the students.
“After initial visits to the school to see the children and assess their needs, we embarked on the Maryland Inclusive School Projects to provide a vocational training room, so students could learn trades such as hairdressing, hairdressing, sewing, baking and fine arts.
“These professional occupations are carefully chosen because they encourage the use of their hands to further develop their psychomotor skills.”
“In addition, we have renovated and equipped the music room with instruments such as a drum, keyboard, other local instruments, a television, a sound system and a satellite system, so that the students can exploit their creative talents.
“We have also upgraded the play area, introducing the trampoline, swing, slide and merry-go-round.
“In the future, we will provide an occupational therapist and instructors to help teach the children about the different trades. This is in addition to plowing and painting classrooms, as well as providing a driver for school bus trips,” he explained.
VAWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to quality education for the less privileged across Nigeria. It was constituted to promote the ideals of the late Chief Victor Awosika, a leading physician and industrialist, and Grand Chief Dr (Mrs) Winifred Awosika OON, President/Founder of Chrisland Schools and Chancellor of Chrisland University.