NGO renovates classrooms for children living with disabilities in Igando
Raising Star Africa Foundation, a non-profit organisation that caters to children with disabilities has renovated a block of three classrooms for children with disabilities in Local Government Primary School 1, Igando, Alimosho, Lagos.
The renovation, funded by BIC Multinationals saw the construction of ramps for accessibility of wheelchair users, tiling of all floors, change of all doors and windows, provision of a set for audio-visual learners, new classroom furniture, roofing, and a positive classroom environment.
The newly renovated building has given 155 children with disabilities access to education and skill empowerment.
Speaking during the commissioning, Mr Guillaume Grounes, the General Manager of BIC, who was represented by Mr Adeyemi Ojo, Business Development Manager said the building was renovated for the children with disabilities to show that BIC really cares about the inclusion of persons with disabilities as they want them to become self-reliant and able to contribute their quota to the society.
The company, he stated further, will continue to promote inclusive education around the globe.
Earlier in his remark, Raising Star Africa founder Micheal Sowunmi noted that many public inclusive schools for children with disabilities are made of dilapidated structures and buildings, hence the need to come to their aid. He stated this renovated building will stimulate a 90% increase in attendance in the 2023/2024 academic session. Adding that by 2025, there is a projection of a 60% increase in enrollment of students with disabilities.
He urged other well-meaning organisations to partner with them in their effort at making life easier for persons living with one form of disability or another, adding that every child matters, and can contribute to the GDP of a nation when given the right environment to thrive.
He said “There are many abilities in any disability you see, see the person before the disability. Every child matters, and every child can contribute to the GDP of a nation when given the right environment to thrive. Just the way BIC has given our children with disabilities in Igando the right environment to thrive in, we urge other organisations to sponsor similar projects so we can help to make education accessible for children with disabilities.”
This is the third school renovation to be successfully executed by the foundation, having done two other schools before.
Also, in attendance at the commissioning were the representative of the Education Secretary of Alimosho District; the representative of the Chairman of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board and the BIC management team, led by Mr Adeyemi Ojo, Mr Oladimeji Sodunke and others.