In August to September 2016, the community embarked on a project for the development of the community with long vacation coaching for primary and secondary school children, amazingly we saw turnout from kindergarten children too with their parents and community people supporting with reading materials and refreshments for the kids during the long vacation class which was free for all the students.
The students also enjoyed moment of talks on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), quiz, debate, spelling bee competition, educative film show, Career and mentorship talk. To motivate the students more, we promised them that some of them who did well during the vacation class will be taking for excursion.
To fulfil our promise, we decided to give the children a screening test to select the best among them who will be going for the excursion and Centre for Research Information Management and Media Development (CRIMMD) Library, this library has in stock thousands of books children can learn from, also a photo library of rich histories of the country and it is one of the largest photo collection library in West Africa. The library also has a skill acquisition centre for women and girl child that train them on vocational skills for free.
The need to engage the youth on places like this was because of the background of empire community, which was known as one of the places drug abuse and sexual work started in Lagos when the late Afro legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti moved to the community and started a night band there, called the Kalakuta republic up till date.
On Saturday the 29th October, 2016 the screening started at 10:30am with General paper, English language and Mathematics and the exam lasted for an hour. After the exam, we have a pep talk with the children by Dr Vera Cruz Olasupo, a SDGs advocate and first ANTI AIDS club of University of Lagos, Nigeria. The talk was basically and introduction of all the seventeen United Nation SDGs to the children with the aid of IEC material supported by Sustainable Development Goals Action Africa (SDGsACT AFRICA) Lagos chapter. The children were able to learn all the goals and make commitment to start making a difference in the community.
A light refreshment came afterwards and it was time to storm the community with the kids advocating to their parents to support their education and listen to them, the walk was in an orderly manner as we all sing along as we march through the nooks and cranny of the community. We converge later at around 1:00pm for photograph session and the children all lead back to their home. The community development association applauded the event and pleaded that we do more of such programs in the community.
Written by
Sheriff Gbadamosi
Coordinator SDGsACT AFRICA
Lagos Chapter.