In keeping with its commitment to promoting qualitative education and sustainable development in Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria, the most innovative and youth-friendly telecommunications company has renovated and remodeled some schools across key communities in Nigeria under its Adopt-A-School initiative.
In addition to the renovation and remodeling of the school buildings, Etisalat also equipped the adopted schools through the donation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities, laboratory equipment, textbooks and back-to-school kits amongst others.
Adopt-A-School is one of the platforms through which Etisalat implements its core Corporate Social Responsibility strategy which is built around three pillars: Education, Health and Environment.
Among the schools that have benefitted from Etisalat’s recent interventions are Girls’ Government College, Dala, Kano State; Edward Blyden Memorial Primary School Okesuna, Lagos State; and Akande Dahunsi Memorial Junior and Senior High Schools, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Other schools we have supported under the broad umbrella of Educational sustenance are Igwe-Uwokwu Village School in Oju Local Government Area, Benue State; and Nuhu Bamali Primary School, Fadi Sanka community in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Speaking on the telco’s passion for investment in the education sector, Director, Regulatory and Corporate Social Responsibility, Etisalat Nigeria, Ikenna Ikeme, said these interventions were aimed at supporting the respective state governments to further improve the learning and teaching environment, thereby raising the standard of education in the country. He added that feedback received from the schools show improvement in school enrolment, attendance and quality of teaching.
Ikeme said, “Etisalat’s Adopt-a-School initiative avails students in government-owned primary and secondary schools access to high-quality qualitative education as well as a range of modern education facilities. The initiative aims to provide an environment that is conducive for learning, to the benefit of students across the country.”
He further restated the company’s unwavering commitment to continuing to support government in ensuring that Nigeria meets the Sustainable Development Goals especially “Goal 4”, which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
“As a company that is committed to the development of Nigerian youth, Etisalat Nigeria recognises education as the bedrock of sustainable development, which is why education is one of our core three CSR pillars. We shall continue to do more in this regard. One of our key goals is to help Nigeria meet the objective of the Sustainable Development Goals, notably Goal 4”, Ikeme stressed.
In the first phase of renovations at Girls’ Government College, Dala, Etisalat Nigeria refurbished several facilities including the ICT Centre to which it donated 30 desktop computers; the library was fitted with furniture and stocked with textbooks and other study materials; Kwankwaso Hostel Block was renovated; while a modern science laboratory, solar-powered potable water facility and chairs and tables were also provided for seven classrooms.
The second phase of renovation work at the school covered refurbishment and the upgrade of two blocks of classrooms; provision of water supply to three hostel blocks; renovation of the sick bay; provision of critical supplies such as mattresses and insecticide treated nets to hostels and sick bays.
At Edward Blyden Memorial Primary School, Etisalat carried out the flooring of the school compound; refurbished the school toilets, carried out plumbing repairs; conducted repair of leaking roofs in some classrooms; and provided library shelves and textbooks.
In Benue State, Etisalat partnered with Mercy Azozo Foundation on its Knowledge on Wheels project, aimed at providing schools in rural communities and equipping them with needed resources. Through this partnership, Etisalat invested in Igwe-Uwokwu village school where it provided pupils and teachers with learning and teaching aids.
Etisalat Nigeria also remodeled the school building and donated 30 desktop computers to Nuhu Bamali Primary School, Fadi Sanka community in Zaria, Kaduna State. In addition Akande Dahunsi Memorial Junior and Senior High Schools in Ikoyi, had their biology, chemistry and physics laboratories equipped; furniture donated to ten classrooms; as well as the provision of a projector, laptops, a router, and free internet access.
Other areas of support provided by Etisalat at Akande Dahunsi Memorial Junior and Senior High Schools in Ikoyi last year, include the repair of a water treatment plant, reconnection of the schools to the general power grid, as well as other sundry repair works carried out in the schools.